Welcome to my first blog tutorial!
I read tutorials on lots of other blogs so here’s one from my sewing room…
4 strips of fabric for the top – 2.5″ x 8.5″
(I used 2 jelly roll strips leftover from my laptop case, so I have 2 patterns.
You could use 4 different patterns or once piece of fabric 8.5″ x 8.5″ and do no piecing at all 🙂
1 piece of backing fabric – 8.5″ x 8.5″
1 piece of wadding or pellon – 8″ x 8″
(I used iron-on pellon which was super easy to use and didn’t shift around)
I started with 2 jelly roll strips so I had to cut them down to 8.5″ each.
Sew your 4 strips together along the length and iron the seams flat.
You’ll end up with a 8.5″ x 8.5″ square.
Next iron your pellon onto the wrong side of your backing piece.
You want to position it so that you have a quarter inch of backing fabric
showing around the edge.
Lay your top layer down, right side up.
Than on top of that, lay your backing piece, right side down.
You should see your pellon on top.
Pin it all together so it doesn’t shift.
Then sew a quarter inch seam around the edge,
leaving an opening on one side, about 2 inches wide.
Clip the corners, but watch out for your stitching 😉
Turn your mat through so your pellon is inside,
and use a knitting needle to get your corners nice and sharp.
Give it a good iron, being careful to get the opening edges lying flat.
Finally top stitch around the edge about an eighth of an inch in from the edge.
This will close the opening for you and give a nice finish.