Strawberries and Sunshine Reversible Rug/Bath Mat

strawberries and sunshine reversible rug bath mat 

Hello you all! I'm Penny of Sew Take a Hike and I am so very excited to introduce you to my first Moda Bake Shop project, the Strawberries and Sunshine reversible rug/bath mat. This project was born out of a need I had to combine the lovely line of Strawberry Fields with a fun polka dot terry cloth towel.
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½ yard Bella Solids yellow (9900-23), cut into (3) 6" x WOF strips
1 jelly roll Strawberry Fields (you will have leftovers)
cotton terrycloth towel measuring 24" x 32" (I cut up a premade polka dot towel)
cotton batting measuring 24" x 32"
spray starch
fabric glue
corner template
walking foot


All seams are 1/4" unless otherwise specified. WOF = width of fabric.
1. Cut 25 of the jelly roll strips in half and set one of the 1/2 strip sets aside for use.
2. Sew the 1/2 strips together, longways, in sets of 5.

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3. Cut each of the panels from step 2 into (8) 2½" wide strips.

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4. Randomly sew three of the strips from step 3 into one strip. Repeat this process so you end up with 12 strips that consist of 15 squares. There will be 4 strips from step 3 leftover.
5. Arrange the 12 strips as you like and sew them together, making sure to pin at the seams so the squares line up.
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6. Print and cut out the template included in the Printer Friendly Version (at bottom of post):
7. Lay the template on one corner of your patchwork rug top and use a rotary cutter to round the corner. Repeat with remaining 3 corners.
8. Using the patchwork oval as a template, lay the patchwork on top of the batting and use your rotary cutter to trim the batting to the same shape as the patchwork oval. Repeat this step with the terry cloth backing.
9. Layer your batting and patchwork together, pin, and quilt as you desire. In this next section, you will make your continuous prairie points.
10. Using one of the 6” x WOF prairie point fabric strips, fold it in half longways and press.
11. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut a straight line from the edge of the fabric just to the center fold line every 1.5”, alternating cuts from the top edge of the fabric to the lower edge.

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I used a 2" wide ruler to do this, lining the previous cut edge up with the 1.5” mark on the clear ruler to make even cuts.
12. Cut off the first 1.5” flap of fabric at the fold line.

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13. Cut off the last two flaps of fabric at the opposite end.

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14. Fold each square in half to form triangles, making sure to fold each one in the same direction and press as you go.

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15. Place a dot of fabric glue on the outside tip of each triangle and fold the triangles in half, bringing the raw edges even with the center of the fabric strip. Press as you go.

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16. Fold the top triangles over on top of the lower triangles, pressing and using spray starch as you go.
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17. Baste stitch ⅛” from the straight edge.
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18. Repeat the steps to make prairie points with remaining two 6" x WOF strips.
19. Using two full prairie point strips and only 8 points from the third prairie point strip, pin prairie points around the right side of the perimeter of the rug, making sure to line up the prairie points correctly when you end with one prairie point strip and start with another.
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20. Sew the prairie points to the quilted patchwork rug top, sewing very close to the stitching on the prairie point edge.
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21. Sandwich the patchwork rug top right side up and lay the terry cloth right side down and pin.
22. Use a ⅜" seam and your walking foot to sew together, making sure to leave a 4" hole for turning.
23. Turn the rug and press.
24. Use your walking foot to topstitch 1/8" around the outside of the main part of the rug, making sure you sew the turning hole closed.
25. Stitch in the ditch on the patchwork side of the rug in 6 lengthways seams to attach the terrycloth to the patchwork front.


One 32" x  25¼" reversible rug/bath mat

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Penny Layman
{Sew Take a Hike}

87 comments:

The Pink Chick said...

Very cute and functional! Thanks for the fun tutorial!

Mia said...

Wauve, what an exeting tecnik, can't vaithe to try it. Thanks.. <3

Maria said...

Really cute mat! Love the way you made the points! <3

Quiltjane said...

Welcome to the Bakeshop. I love it all. The design, the fabric, the usefulness and off course the polka dots.

Little Miss Shabby said...

Way to go Penny! Wonderful tutorial--love the way you did those points!

Sue Pickwell said...

Love how you made those Prairie Points, great job, love the mat!

Belinda said...

What a great idea! I need something like this in my bathroom! Thanks for sharing your hard work!

Jodi said...

It's too pretty to step on, especially with wet feet! Thanks for the tute!

Kelly said...

Whoo hoo! Go Penny! This is so pretty and practical!

Cindy said...

This is wonderful! I am looking forward to making one soon!

randi said...

such a cute mat, penny! i love strawberry fields!

Suzanne said...

Love the fabric! Love the tutorial!

WandaFish said...

This looks a great tute and those Prairie Points look fun! Lovely project and I definitely need some Strawberries and Sunshine :)

Frieda said...

This is a great tutorial. I need new bath mats and will have to try these!!!!!!!

vintagemodernquilts | Lisa said...

Penny, this is adorable! And your instructions are wonderful and clear.

Anonymous said...

Oooohhhh...must make one, soon! Thanks! :)

The Hungry Crafter said...

So beautiful -- love the prairie points! Great tutorial -- hope this is just the first of many!

tracy_a said...

I absolutely love this! what a perfect combo! I really need to try that prairie points method - such a fun look.

traceyjay said...

it really is just too cute. :) (and I agree -- clever on the points)

Joanna said...

Supercute! I love the prairie points!

Angela said...

It's immaculate Penny! And you have FABULOUS pictures. I expect nothing less from you though. ;)

Simply EC said...

I did not even realize that the border was handmade too! ACK! This is so cool!

Glynis said...

I love this project! So doable and practical! What a great way to celebrate and bring in Spring! Thank you for the great tutorial!!

Poppyprint said...

totally fun. love your prairie point method!!! Thanks Penny!

Lindsay Conner said...

Very cute idea! I love the edging. :)

A Gal Who said...

Darlin'!!!

AMKreations said...

I love it! Great tutorial! Thank you!

Beth said...

Great tutorial, great project. I really could use new bath mats. I think this goes on my to do list.

Patti said...

Penny! This is adorable! Who'd thought such a cute towel and great fabric could become such a uber cute rug!?!?!
Love it!

J said...

Penny...this is the BEST Moda Back Shop tut ever!! Love the prairie points, and the technique to make them.

Jenny said...

those praire points are fantastic. love this project

Lee said...

One of the best tutorials and projects! thanks - love the fabric you used!

Tricia C. said...

Way to go! Love this tutorial!

Kelly said...

great instructions for prairie points! thanx!

Eli said...

Gorgeous bath mat. Love the prairie points. Will try to make one for our bathroom.

Kerry said...

Congrats on a beautiful make Penny, I have used your prairie point technique before and it works a treat!

Treasuresofjoy said...

Love those triangles and the strawberries too.

audreypawdrey said...

This is beautiful! I am going to try this technique of prairie points soon; it is so pretty!

Melissa said...

So cute! Love that fabric!

Janet said...

This looks good enough to eat! - the strawberry part anyway! Congrats on being published at Moda Bake Shop.

Carol in E TN said...

Great tutorial and would love to try making this!

Allie said...

My goodness this is positively brilliant - I adore those prairie points and I actually UNDERSTAND the process, lol! Thank you so much Penny!

The Tulip Patch said...

lovely project! Great job!

Sarah said...

Brilliant project and functional!!! Looking forward to trying this. Thanks.

Sweet Baby Jamie said...

This is FABULOUS!!! What a great idea!!

moonsword said...

great project...thanks so much for the inspiration!

mamabug said...

JUST SO VERY CUTE !!!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous bath mat. Thanks for a great tutorial.

suzanne Daniels
danielsville@hotmail.com

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

This is so darn cute! Great job!

Andrea said...

Very cute! Looks like fun. Love the prairie points. Can see this in slightly different color way for my bathroom.

Andrea said...

Very lovely! So fun looking. Planning my color way for my bathroom now. Love the prarie points ...so fabulous.

vintagecinnamongirl said...

Great tutorial! Such a fantastic idea, and great improvement to my tired looking bathmats - love the idea to use a cut up towel.

Marcia W. said...

This mat is so very cute - especially with the polka dot towel backing.

karen said...

great instructions...and I love your yellow prairie points

amandajean said...

it looks great, Penny! I love strawberry fields fabric and this is the perfect application for it!

Anonymous said...

Oh I am definately making one! I love how do-able it is. Plus, I love strawberries! Thanks for the tutorial.-Leslie Miller

quirky granola girl said...

great design, Penny! very clear tutorial, too.

GStaples said...

Very cute and practical, twice the fun!!

seaschell said...

It's just lovely! Thanks for a great tutorial!

Kate said...

Congrats on your first Bakeshop post! The points are super cool!

Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! Now I know what I'm going to do with that fabric! Sa-weet!

Carla said...

Great tutorial! Very cute! Love the points around the edge!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Thanks! I'm bookmarking this! Thanks for the tutorial, I particularly love the edges!

Melissa said...

This looks like so much fun to make. And you make those prairie points look so easy!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Absolutely wonderful tutorial for a very cute Bath Mat!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Squeal Penny, this is so totally and utterly gorgeous - no-one does that scrappy look quite as well as you, your pics are fab of course (can you do a tute on that on your blog please) and those pointy edges are just too fabulous. HURRAY!!!

cinzia said...

that looks so easy! will try it.

kt said...

cute mat! Love the prairie points, and your very clear instructions on how to make them!

jabbott said...

ADORABLE

laura said...

That border is brilliant!!

Anonymous said...

it's so cute I could not put it on the floor.. Wendi

Leanne said...

This is so nice, I need a new bathmat so will give it a try!

Tapestry Tree said...

Penny! This is so cute. I am going to have to make one for my bathroom! I absolutely love your technique for the continuous prairie points. Great job!

Paloma said...

Yummy!! I feel like making one of this!

The4Rs said...

Functional art! I love it and am inspired to try one too! The rick rack edge is really the whipped topping on the strawberry shortcake! Thanks for sharing, praying I win!

susiloci said...

Un mantelito precioso.

tara said...

So cute! I am bookmarking this one for my to do list.

Digital Misfit said...

Adorable project, and beautifully made tutorial! This is definitely on my to-do list!

LanainMontana said...
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LanainMontana said...

I didn't realize my guest bathroom needed a new mat until now! Whoohooo....bring it on!

JanetK said...

wonderful little project - thanks!

sandra said...

Totally cute, would love one for my bathroom. Now where did you find a polka dot bath towel.

Suzanne said...

I'm smitten with your prairie points and dreaming of ways to implement them in projects.

Michelle said...

Love the way you did the prairie points, very clear and very clever

Maria said...

Great tutorial!!!The bestttttt!!

ana said...

deal

Franstuff said...

This is a fantastic tutorial!! I love this bathmat/rug. My bathroom is going to need one of these!!