We recently had to rethink our bath mat strategy after one too many cat accidents on the bath room rug. And here is the solution: a towel mat made of two older towels with colorful binding.
To make this mat, you need:
- two bath size towels
- a resident artist to draw the picture to be quilted on the towel using a washable fabric marker (optional)
- blanket binding or fabric remnants
- Cut the towels to size. This particular mat is 37″ by 27,” but the size depends on your requirements.
- Draw your design on the towel. I commissioned robots from my 7-year-old, but if flowers are your thing that would be a nice choice as well.
- Baste or pin the two towels together so they won’t shift when you “quilt” your design.
- With a wide zigzag stitch sew the towels together following your design. You may want to experiment on a piece of scrap towel to find the setting that works for you. That leaves you with two pieces of fabric sewn together.
- Finish off the edge of the mat with some binding. If you decide to make your own, measure the circumference of the rug and note that down. To make 1″ wide binding, cut 3″ wide strips of fabric.
- Sew the strips together until you reach a length equal to the circumference of the rug plus a bit just in case.
- Fold the binding in half lengthwise and iron it.
- Open up the binding and fold in the left and the right sides of the binding to meet in the middle. Iron this. You should now have a long strip of binding with three ironing marks going down the length of the binding.
- Right sides together fold over the short edge of the binding and sew the length of it to the mat following the line closest to the edge. I like to begin in the middle of a side rather than at the very top so I don’t have to deal with the corner and the matching of the beginning and end of the binding at the same time.
- Stop about one inch before the end of the side of the mat and make a mitered corner following Alicia Paulson’s Binding Tute on Posie gets Cozy. Continue all the way around.
- Fold the binding over the edge and fold under the quarter on the other side of the binding. Now you can either machine stitch or hand stitch the binding to the other side of the mat. Hand stitching took me maybe an hour or two and involved a lot less swearing.
That’s it. Enjoy your bath mat and keep your kitty off it, unless you decide this is the perfect kitty blanket.