Patchwork Kitchen Mat Tutorial

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Patchwork Kitchen Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
Wonderland, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I finished up my patchwork kitchen mat this morning! I am really happy with how it turned out! I love Wonderland and was so excited to be gifted a charm pack of the line a few months back! I haven't worked much with precuts and had a really hard time getting inspired. I couldn't move past using it in a quilt. Lucky for me, Sara made an adorable patchwork mat last week and it hit me! I need a kitchen mat too! I'm using mine in front of the sink! Something pretty to stand on!

This was a super fast, fun project once I got started! I thought I'd write up a few details in case you'd like to make your own!

Patchwork Kitchen Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
Wonderland, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Sewing Level: Intermediate

Materials:
- 1 charm pack (or 40 5" squares)
- 2/3 yard of backing fabric (25"x38" piece)
- 25"x38" piece of batting
- 1/4 yard of binding fabric

Finished Size: 36.5"x23"

Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

1. Piece squares into 5 rows of 8 squares each. I choose to do mine random. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction every other row.

2. Sew rows together. Press seams open. Press well from the right side.

3. Basting: Using masking or painter’s tape, tape the backing to a clean, hard surface, right side down. Spread out your batting on top of the backing. Smooth out any wrinkles. Carefully spread out your quilt top on top of the batting, right side up. Pin your top, I like to use curved safety pins, spacing the pins a few inches apart. Make sure that your pins are going through all three layers.


4. Quilting: Quilt as desired, by machine or by hand. Trim away excess batting and backing fabric.

5. Binding: Cut yardage listed for binding into 2.5” strips. Trim off selvedges and sew your strips together to form one long strip, press seams open. Fold in half lengthwise, pressing with your iron as you fold. Attach binding using your preferred method. For a detailed tutorial on attaching your binding to both sides by machine, see here.

Patchwork Kitchen Mat Tutorial - In Color Order
Wonderland, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Consider using non-slip to stick under your mat to keep it form sliding around.

Happy Sewing!

12 comments :

  1. That is really cute but SURELY you aren't going to stand on it are you??? :)
    When I read kitchen mat I thought, hey I should make one of those too! But MINE would be to set next to my drainboard for all the things that don't go IN the drainrack. I usually set a towel there but I did recently buy a mat at the store. It is already dingy looking. I'm thinking something CUTE would add some fun and color to my kitchen.

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  2. Hmmmm, I'm supposed to be quilting my Neptune quilt, but now I feel like making kitchen mats!

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  3. This might sound stupid, but what do you do with a kitchen mat? :)

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  4. EileenJosephine - no worries! it's to stand on in front of the sink! a rug! :)

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  5. What a great use for a charm pack! I made a pair of kitchen mats from Patchwork Style way back when I started blogging: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2009/11/style-in-my-home.html I appreciate them so much! Yeah for making pretties that we can use.

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  6. GET OFF that pretty mat! It turned out so cute.

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  7. oh yours turned out fantastic! i love the binding you picked for it too! at first i felt a little guilty standing on mine but now i just feel really happy standing on mine. anything to make dish washing more pleasant i guess? i started some sewing projects and baked croissants this weekend. i love having my weekends back. :)

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  8. I love it! I'm definitely going to make one, but I haven't decide what fabric to use yet. And yes, some non-slip padding is a MUST.

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  9. What a great idea! I want one now :)

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  10. I really wanted to make a blanket just using all 5 or 6 inch squares layed out in rows - nothing fancy. But I've been worried that it will look too plain. Your quilting on this is PERFECT for adding to the quilt without making it more complicated - love it! Now Im inspired to go home after work and cut out those squares! :)

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  11. Okay, I'm making this ASAP. I hate my ugly rug in my kitchen.

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