Hey everyone, did you watch the #Great British Sewing Bee? I have to say I enjoyed it and think there will be a lot more pressure on those guys as it goes on so good luck to those lovely contestants.
Anyway, on with the tutorial.
I always find I could do with more places to put pans on my work tops and yet I only have one mat to put all my pans, trays etc as they come from the oven/hob. Why I have not got round to getting more, I have no idea but I’m pretty glad I didn’t after making these super quick and personal ones today.
You will need
Fabric (at least 2 contrasting pieces)
Fistly cut your wadding, I cut mine approx 18cmx18cm. Next place you wadding over your fabric and cut around so you get the same shape. I used this Michael Miller and this Riley Blake You could pin the fabric if you did’nt feel confident to cut free hand round the wadding. I also cut a short length if ribbon which will be used to hand up the protector when its not being used.
Next step is to place the ribbon in the center front of you fabric, front or back (it wont matter when you have done) with the raw edge of ribbon up to the edge of the fabric and pin in place.
Next make a sandwich with you two pieces of fabric and wadding. You should have your wadding at the bottom, then one fabric right side up and the other fabric face down.
You will need to pin these layers in place as its quite slippy with the wadding . You can use a lot more pins if need to.
Next, simply sew around the fabric leaving a small gap so you can to it the right way round.
Then snip off the corners so that the corners are nicer when you turn the right way out.
Now you can turn your mat the right way through the small gap you left when stitching
And then you can press you mat, once you have pointed out your corners. I use the iron here to fold in the fabric from the gap so its nice and neat when we do a top stitch to close up the gap.
Next step is to stitch all the way around your mat. Try and use the edge of the fabric to guide you machine foot to give you a straight line.
Thread your threads thorugh and snip so you have a neat finish and thats it your done.
You want to do something a little more fancy then why not chose a different shape. Same instructions as before.
This is one that I have done, I suppose you would say, quilting. Obviously I havent finished the threads here.
Here is one with a little more thread work but then you have a lot more finishing off to do but it gives a great look. Here I have used a lime green to pick out the colour from the fabric
So you can make this as plain or as fancy as you like. You could do a bit of modern patchwork, just 2 simple fabrics like I did for the main tutorial or go as crazy as you like with cotton to make a fab design.
If you’re a beginner then this would be a great started project for you.
Use your machine foot edge to help you sew a straight line.
Use your iron help you get a straight edge that can help you sew a straight line.
Snip the corners so that when you turn your project the right way you get a better corner.
Thanks for taking the time to read the tutorial, hope you enjoy it.