Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 24 -The "I Dare You To Step On Me" Bath Mat

Yesterday I asked what I would make out of two pairs of "I'm never gonna be that skinny again" pants, a hooded baby towel and some quilt batting. The hint was: It'll love to be stepped on.

So let's make a bath mat shall we?

1) Cut up the legs of the pants into strips or whatever shapes you want. You're gonna put it together like a quilt, so it can be as unique as you like. I really loved the texture of these pants. I think it'll absorb water and look really cool at the same time. So I kept with the traditional stripes.

2) Also cut your hooded towel into a square or rectangle as big as you can make it. I had a bit leftover because I wanted a rectangle instead of a square, so I used that strip in the middle of the quilted top piece.

3) Sew together the pieces of fabric that you want for your top piece.

4) Cut some quilt batting and make sure the top piece is about an inch or so smaller on all sides than your bottom piece. The quilt batting should be the same size as the top piece.

5) Layer your bath mat the way you want it to look when finished. Bottom piece, quilt batting and then top piece

6) Turn the bottom piece over the top piece and the quilt batting. Make a sort of rolled hem. Pin in place and then sew all the way around.

7) Take some embroidery thread and tack the mat together at various points. This is mostly for added decoration. The mat is small enough not to shift too much, but the tacking does help a little bit.

8) Put the finished bath mat in your bathroom and step on it lots and lots.

*** This "I Dare You To Step On Me" Bath Mat will be listed at Tawny Bee for $20. Half the proceeds ($10) from the sale will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010 campaign. ***

Stay tuned tomorrow when I will be making something out of this cute baby sweater and the applique off of these little overalls. Hint: There's a moose on the loose on my ear! ack!

Earlier posts in the Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:

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