A while back I posted about a quilt I was working on. Goodness, it’s been over a year and not much progress has happened since then. I have to admit, I am more than a bit intimidated by making something that large and permanent so I decided to make something a little smaller in scale to give me the courage to finish off that quilt.
I also wanted to use up some scraps that I had lying around. So I started cutting three inch strips and sorting them into colour groupings. Then I cut out a piece of cotton batting to the size that I wanted and started laying bits on it to see how they would work together. Then I sewed strips from the three inch bits and made them about as long as the height of the batting. I made enough to cover the width. Once I had enough strips, I started sewing them all together until I had a piece of fabric the same dimensions as the batting. I stitched along the vertical seams to attach the pieced fabric to the batting and used a piece of cotton muslin for the backing. A quick top-stitch around the edges and voila! A cute little quilted mat for my kitchen sink.
True, it is not exactly a traditional quilt, through all the layers and with a binding but I think that it’s small enough that the backing fabric shouldn’t slip too much. And it was pretty easy and quick to make. I think it took maybe 2 full days of cutting and sewing overall. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. If I were to make another one, I might consider using more neutral fabrics to crate a calmer feel. For a busy family kitchen this one works just fine though.
Turns out I’m not the only one thinking of ways to use up fabric scraps. Sew Mama Sew is hosting a scrap busting month with lots of tutorials for scrap fabric projects.
I’m loving this cute little alphabet from chez beeper beebe
and this drawstring bag from momonmo