Remember my wonky bathmat?
Over the weekend I sewed a better version. The wonky one will now be our backup.
* (Almost) straight edges! I laid the towel and the sheet on top of each other on my largest cutting mat (right sides facing IN) and smoothed them out flat. Then I laid a smaller cutting mat on top and traced around it with washable fabric marker. Then I pinned it. I usually avoid pinning, but I learned my lesson last time. It is very difficult to get nice straight lines when sewing bulky fabric if you don't pin.
*More absorbent - I sandwiched an extra layer of towel in between the front and back for a plusher feel. I just cut it a smidge smaller than the outer layers and slipped it inside before sewing the quilting.
*Nicer quilting effect - I didn't freehand it this time. I used a ruler, drew some straight lines in random places and then sewed along the markings. Apparently I remain incapable of sewing a straight line without a visual aid.
Nice make! I like this a lot. I often try to cut corners and do things freehand and it's always better when I don't.ReplyDelete
i love this idea because it seems i can never find bathmats that look good with my curtins.ReplyDelete
wonky. great word, rachel. and the mat looks great too! so clever. i love when you post about home projects. (and food and flowers and thrift store finds.. pretty much everything.)ReplyDelete
great, rachel! i really like the way you quilted it.ReplyDelete
p.s. i also avoid pinning whenever possible! i need to work on that...
this is so much more chic than our shaggy mess of a bathmat that's glued to our bathroom floor.ReplyDelete
I like the lines. It's charmingly etch-a-sketchy.ReplyDelete
Love it! I can sew a straight line, but I prefer diagonals, which I recommend for your next project. The small white lines add a bit of necessary visual interest. Job well done!ReplyDelete
I like the word wonky!ReplyDelete
THis is a really good idea!!ReplyDelete
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Very elegant and resourceful! You might like trying a tip I just learned:'draw' your quilting lines with strips of blue masking tape. Just tape it in the pattern you like, then follow along one (or both) edges with your presser foot just a hair to one side. (Don't catch the edge with your needle.) Remove the tape and 'voila!' You can even reuse your tape.ReplyDelete
Nice improvements! I'm thinking of doing as soon as our current bathmat has some more wear and tear. Thanks for the tips!ReplyDelete
My boyfriend's place doesn't have a bathmat and I think that is simply unacceptable. This is my next to-do!ReplyDelete