Hello! Hello! Hello! My name is Kristin and I blog over at homealamode.blogspot.com. I also design and do custom work at Homealamode.com. I have to say I feel like I have come full circle with Moda Bake Shop. When I started sewing seriously about a year and a half ago I knew very little about sewing. I was searching the internet and came across Moda Bake Shop. It had me at HELLO! I spent hours scouring through all the recipes and then the chef’s sights learning and absorbing all that I could. When I received the invite to become a chef, I am sure, that there was an audible squeal coming from the Southeast Oklahoma direction. Me, a chef? This is so much fun! Ok, enough of me jumping up and down and acting like a little girl. Now for the tutorial…
This project can be easily adjusted just by adding or taking away strips. I also didn’t use many measurements because of this.
1 Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater Jelly Roll
1 yard of coordinating fabric for backing
1.5 yards natural cotton batting
*use a 1/4″ seam allowance unless stated different.
The Top of Mat
Start by selecting 11 strips.
Cut the strips to a length of 22″. Then sew them together. Side by side. Press your seams open. This will allow the mat to lay flatter in the end.
Cut this piece in half giving you a head and foot for your mat.
Choose 15 more strips. These will become the body of the mat. You only need 22″ from 14 strips. You will use all of the 15th strip but you still need to cut it in half. I just used the fold mark and cut there. Arrange the strips how you want and sew them together side by side. I wanted to use the same strip on the top and bottom just to add some continuity.
Square up all of your edges.
Sew the “head” and “foot”pieces to the body piece of the mat.
Cut 2 pieces of batting that are 2″ longer in length and width than the entire mat. Cut 4 Pieces of batting that are 2″ longer in width and length than the head of your mat, this will become the pillow.
Pin your ruffle to the top and sew down. Again, use a 1/8″ stitch.
Prepare your backing fabric
You want your backing fabric to be 2.5″ bigger in width and length than your top piece. I chose to piece my back so that it would have a little extra color on it.
Prepare the Mat Tie
Take one full length jelly roll strip. Fold the ends in and press. Fold in half with right sides together. Sew a 1/8″ stitch along the open edge. Turn it right side out, press, top stitch along all sides.
Layer your piece. Start with the batting. Then the backing fabric, face up. Then your top laid face down. Pin the pieces together. Sew all three together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Trim away any excess fabric and batting.
Stitch the opening closed.
Quilt the mat how you like. I just did the top and bottom strip of the body of the mat. I didn’t want to loose any of the bulkiness of the batting but wanted to have it secure for washings.