Thus the plan...design and sew up. A functional, yet cute, water absorbent food mat. I sketched out a couple of ideas and this is what I came up with..
The Puppy Food Mat
32- 2.5 in x 2.5 in scrap squares.
2 strips of fabric 2.5 in by 16 inch
2 strips of fabric 4.5 in by 13 inch
an old terry cloth towel or piece of terry cloth 15 in x 26 in
3 length of fabric strips 2.5 inches wide for binding.
Arrange your 32-- 2.5 in X 2.5 in squares in a configuration as shown below:
Next pin quilt top to slightly larger piece of terry cloth or towel. I used pins to baste the 2 pieces together.
Trim patchwork quilt to shape desired. The first quilt I trimmed into an oval using the side of a pizza pan as my guide for rounding the corners. The second quilt I trimmed to look like a dog bone. (more on that later). Once you have the shape you want bind as you would any quilt. I used cross grain strips for my binding and in hindsight I think bias binding would have been easier to use. Then again it is for a dog.
|Isn't she patient.|
Now you have a mat, used up some scraps, re-purposed an old towel and when your mat gets wet or dirty you can just throw it in the wash! How cool is that. I think a few of these would make great gifts for a friend who just got a new puppy. just sayin'