How to Make A Quilt Bathmat
I made my very own recycled material quilt bathmat. Here is a photo of the finished product!
I am currently remodeling and furnishing another house on my property. This property, Gibson House, needed a bathmat. Since this house is set in the country near a creek and forest trails, I want the house to have a country feel, but I am also frugal by nature and necessity so I decided to make a bathmat out of materials I already have on hand.
I found a great bathmat idea on another blog, Montessori by Hand. Here is the tutorial link, so you can make your own.
It was very easy to make. This is how I made mine.
1. I located all of the material I wanted to use. My goal was not to buy anything for this project. I used material I already had and I also used an old shirt as material as well. I made sure the material also complemented each other as well as the paint color of the walls in the bathroom.
2. I found a terry cloth towel that I wanted to use as my backing. I knew this would be the size of my bathmat.
3. I measured the bathmat and decided that I would make 5 rows of quilt squares. I then made a 5 inch by 5 inch square on a sturdy folder and cut it out to use as a template for my quilt squares. You can make your quilt squares any size you want.
4. I then began cutting out all my quilt squares using the template.
5. I then arranged the squares on my towel to see if I liked the arrangement or if I needed to cut more material to fill in the gaps.
|Arrange Your Quilt Squares|
You can notice that most of my squares, I cut 5 by 5 and a few I cut 10 by 5 to add more interest to the design.
6. I then took each row and began on one end and sewed the squares together.To do this I put the 2 right sides together and iron them flat. I then took it to my sewing machine and sewed them together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I then took the sewed pieces back to the ironing board and iron the seam allowance flat to one side.
Here is a video that explains seam allowance.
7. You will keep adding a quilt square to your previously sewn piece using the procedure in step 6 until your whole row of quilt squares are sewn together.
8. Once you have all rows sewn, then you will sew the rows together. Take 2 rows to the ironing board with the right sides facing each other and run a hot iron over them. Then take them to the sewing machine and sew them together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
|Next, sew the rows together.|
9. Repeat step 8 until all of the rows are sewn together.
10. Now it's time to sew your quilt to the terry cloth towel. Pin the quilt to the towel.
|Place sewn quilt to the terry cloth towel backing.|
Sew the quilt to the backing by sewing in the ditch of the rows. Here is a video that explains on what sewing in the ditch means.
11. After stitching the quilt to the back it is time to finish the project by adding a trim to the edge. I basically cut strips of a material. I took the material to my ironing board and turned down the edges of the material and ironed them. I then took the material to the sewing machine and sewed the edges.
12. Last step! I then sewed the edge to my quilt to bind it and give it a finished look. Here is the finished project once again.
If you are a novice sewer like me, do not get caught up in getting everything just perfect. Just enjoy sewing and you will gain experience with each project. I see some mistakes in my finished project, but I will still proudly display it in the bathroom, because I did it myself out of materials I had on hand.
Happy sewing and homesteading day!