Yay — my turn for post No. 11 on the Sew Cuddly Blog Hop! I’m Linda Lingner, a Shannon Fabrics Ambassador in the New York metro area. Out of all the projects, the bath mat caught my eye in Judy Gauthier’s book Sew Cuddly. I loved her color scheme and the idea of stepping barefoot onto delicious, soft Cuddle® fabric. Once I started thinking about Cuddle® underfoot, it was a small jump from the idea of a bath mat to the idea of a rug! I ended up making a throw rug for the wood floor in my granddaughter’s bedroom.

cuddle bath mat shannon fabrics

To create this project, the first thing I did was dig through my stash. I had a nice assortment of solids, but needed a few prints to girly it up. I chose strips from the Cuddle® Sweet Strips™ Cotton Candy pack in Floral Fields Cuddle® Paris Pink and Flowerfly Cuddle® in Paris Pink. The strips come precut at 10” x 60”. From my stash, I used Cuddle 3® Jewel (the pretty lavender color) and Cuddle 3® Paris Pink.

The fabrics used in this bath mat - all sweet Cuddle solids and prints

I had a piece of Pellon Flex-Foam (non fusible) that was 19” by 36”, so I started with that as my rug size. I’d rather be creative in my materials than not try because I couldn’t source the recommended materials. I collected my copy of Sew Cuddly, Olfa rotary cutter, Omnigrid ruler from Dritz, a pair of serrated Famore scissors, a new Superior Threads size 14 topstitch needle, some Clover Wonder Clips® and my 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray and Fix by ODIF.

Cuddle Bath mat supplies

Flex foam is soft, cushiony material often used to give handbags a firm body. I thought it would be perfect addition as cushioning in my version of the mat. My other mat secret is the non-slip backing. As a crafty, thrifty mom I spent many hours picking out worn-out feet on feety pajamas and replacing them with new white grippy material. It can be found in the notions area packaged as Dritz Anti-Skid Gripper Fabric. My local store also offers it on the bolt, and I bought a yard. Now any slipper, booty, coaster or rug can have a non-slip bottom.

Anti Skid Gripper Fabric from Dritz

Cuddle bath mat notions needed Odif 505 Spray and Fix

As I played with my colors, arranging them on the table, I realized I wanted to create the mat using a stitch and flip quilt method, similar to making Cuddle® strip quilt. This actually worked out great. There are great directions on the Shannon Fabrics website for the Stitch and Flip Method. I cut my strips into assorted sizes and did a quick drier fluff to eliminate “Cuddle crumbs.” I did a light spray of 505 on the wrong side of the gripper fabric and layered it onto foam fabric. I started with 9” strip for the center, measured and marked the center of the foam, sprayed a bit of 505 on the foam and stuck it down centered.

Marking the center of the bath mat

The center of the bath mat

the quilt sandwich before binding is added

In her book, Judy also marks, but starts at one edge and follows across the piece. I worked from the center out, layering right sides together, protecting the underneath strip with wax paper before a dash of 505 spray. The last strips on the end are also sprayed, to make it easier to square up the finished rectangle.

the first row of Stitching on the Cuddle bath mat

squaring up the Cuddle bath mat with my ruler

I used the rotary cutter and ruler to do the squaring up trimming. I did a quick baste around the edges. There is also a great tutorial on binding on the Shannon Fabrics website and in Judy’s book. The binding strips are cut narrower than traditional strips because Cuddle® isn’t folded in half — I find 1 3/4” works great. Because of the extra bit of thickness and the slightly rubbery backing, I found Wonder Clips® were perfect for holding the binding in place without the use of pins.

binding with Clover Wonder Clips - so great for Cuddle fabric

In this case, I sewed the binding onto the front and turned it towards the back. Just like in a regular quilt, I trimmed the corner points off. I loved the 8” Famore Pro Cut serrated scissors. The serration makes it easy to trim straight across without slipping and gets through all the layers of Cuddle, foam, and grippy backing. My thumbs appreciated the soft hand grips.

cutting the layers of the bath mat

Famore scissors with micro serration are ideal for Cuddle

Cuddle Bath mat and Famore scissors

I finished with a topstitch in the ditch on the front.

topstitching on the wrong side of the Cuddle bath mat

For the finale- presenting a Cuddle®, non-slip bedside rug with color and style, perfect for a little girls’ bedroom!

The finished Cuddle bath mat

Adorable on a wood floor:

bath mat cuddle fabric

bath mat cuddle fabric

Remember Shannon Fabrics is your #1 source for all things Cuddle® — free patterns, instructions, demo videos, educators and more! I am available, along with the other trained educators, to visit a quilt or sewing shop near you. Contact Shannon Fabrics or teresa@shannonfabrics.com for more information on the education program. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram. If you make something from this book, tag #SewCuddlySewAlong.

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Be sure to check out the entire blog hop schedule below:

  1. Intro/ Interview: Emilee Masson with Judy Gauthier
  2. February 11- Hatchlings: Emilee Masson
  3. February 15- Hatchlings: April Blazevic Woodside
  4. February 18- Animals Hats: Naomi Williams Stewart
  5. February 22- Animals Hats– Cat Hats: Pat Burke
  6. February 25- Reading Pillow: Alice Borge
  7. March 1- Reading Pillow: Karen Fuchs
  8. March 4- Reading Pillow and throw pillow: Rachel Elkinson Ring
  9. March 8- Reading Pillow: Barbara Crom
  10. March 11- Poncho: Susan Hastings
  11. March 18- Bath Mat: Linda Lingner (YOU ARE HERE)
  12. March 22- Bath Mat: Bobbie Norby
  13. March 25- Sleep Sack: Emilee Masson
  14. March 29- Sleep Sack: April Blazevic Woodside
  15. April 1- Colorful Floor Pillow: Teresa Coates
  16. April 5- Colorful Floor Pillow: Pamela O’Neill
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