Monday, October 3, 2011

Quilted Bathmats!

I wanted to add a little color to our bathroom, I just hadn't thought of the right project yet. And then I realized that we have a TON of bath towels. I think we have about 20 bath towels for 2 adults and 1 child! We seem to cycle through the same 5 or 6 towels, and we never touch the others.
So I pulled out 2 matching teal towels (that I've had since college!) and some coordinating charm packs.
 Here's a before shot of my bathroom. Lots of neutrals: small neutral rugs at the toilet and the sink, and a blue bathmat that we only put out when we needed it.
My original idea was to make a bathmat and 2 small quilted rugs to replace the off-white rugs that we had. But I decided that I didn't want everyone who used our bathroom to step all over my pretty rugs! So I decided to make 2 bathmats from the It's a Hoot and Just Wing It. That way we always have a clean bathmat!
I pieced the charms in a 5x7 layout, basted it to the towel, and did some quilting to keep the layers from shifting when I washed the bathmats. I used a zig zag stitch to apply the binding.
Here's one of the bathmats, tossed over the side of the tub (where it resides when not in use):
 Ready for use!
 A close-up:
 The back and binding:
We've been using the new bathmats for a few weeks now, and I really like them! The old towels are so soft and absorbant. Plus they provide a great pop of color in the bathroom. And we haven't missed those towels at all! ;)

22 comments:

Andrea said...

What a fantastic idea for older towels. Love it!

Pamela Nees said...

This is a great idea! I've got 2 towels that sort of have shrunk up at the ends-you know those that are banded about 6 inches in from either ends with stitching? So....I think I'll borrow your idea, cutting off the ends and keeping the part in the center that is usable! Thanks for the inspiration-the rug looks great!

Pamela Nees said...

This is a great idea! I've got 2 towels that sort of have shrunk up at the ends-you know those that are banded about 6 inches in from either ends with stitching? So....I think I'll borrow your idea, cutting off the ends and keeping the part in the center that is usable! Thanks for the inspiration-the rug looks great!

Kelly said...

This is exactly what I need to do - we have an awkward size step out of our tub that I couldn't find a rug to fit, so I'll just make one of these instead!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

What a great idea! So original :)

Archie the wonder dog said...

Looks wonderful!

Deb said...

How creative...and colorful, too! Great idea!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I would kill for your bathroom!! Totally gorgeous anyway and then made more pretty by lovely mats. well done you :)

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

What a smart and fun idea! I may have to make me one of those. Maybe after all the Christmas projects.. .. but hey, that would make a brilliant gift to!
Few, thanks for sharing, now I have another idea for my Christmas gifts were as before, I had only one. lol
Cheers,
Carolyn

Teje said...

Hi! Your idea is fantastic and you made the bathmat really beautiful!

felicity said...

What a fab idea! You're on a roll, lady!

p.s. I know I've already gushed about your house's mouldings and what not but dang, I am jelly over here!

CREATIVE DISORGANIZATION said...

That is just fab!!! And I LUUUVVV your bathroom, all so perfect...I luv that style when old meets new.
My pipe dream is a lone trip the states...can I add a nice hot tub to my bucket list? Looks so relaxing! Hehehehe

Cathy said...

GREAT idea or what?????

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Man - what a great idea!!! I totally HATE the mats we have in the kid's bathroom. I so need to make a couple of these! Or better yet just one giant long one! Genius! Jenn

AnneMarie said...

Those look fantastic! How fun! And SO jealous of that claw foot tub too...

Toni said...

I am crazy-jealous of your bathroom! Is that wrong? I love it, and your bathmat just makes it that much better! Such a great pop of color!

handmadebyclairebear.com said...

I love your bathmat idea and included it in my blog, here (http://handmadebyclairebear.com/2012/06/19/for-me-one-bathmat/.
Regards,
ClaireBear

Aggiequilter said...

A great idea and SO much cuter than a standard bath mat!

LOVE your bathroom, you must be the lucky owner of a grand old home ... would love to have a claw foot tub and those doors and moldings!! Alas I live in boring 1970's Suburbia ...

stitchinggrandma said...

SEW clever!! What a great way to repurpose towels not being used!

Heather D. said...

FANTASTIC Nikki! I think next time I make one of these I'll do the binding like you did, rather than the stitch and flip method.

quiltytherapy said...

I found this through Pinterest and it's a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Ana @ Don't Fear the Ripper said...

Beautiful! Do you have any tips to machine sew towel fabric? Doesn't it get caught on the machine feeder all the time? I assume you sewed the towel on the bottom, right?