Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Wednesday Sewing - Quilted Yoga Mat
Hmmm - or is it a quilted cat nap mat??!! That's Marley snoozing away.
I used to practice yoga - too many years ago to remember what I'm doing, though - and recently decided I should start again. Back in the old days, I used a towel to lay on. It was a pain, it wrinkled and slipped all over, but everyone else used a towel too and no one was complaining. Now, there are plastic and foam mats, which I really don't like - so I decided to make a quilted, washable one1I.
*4 yards cotton fabric in a plain color (unless you like to stare at wild patterns while holding yoga poses)
*11 yards coordinating bias tape
*hi-loft quilt batting
*2 yards non-slip fabric (this is the fabric used on the bottom of footie jammie feet - found at fabric stores)
*fabric glue - I like Aleene's Jewel It for durability in the wash
1. Cut fabric into two 2 yard by 1 yard pieces. I wanted my edges to be rounded - to do this, I fold the fabric into quarters and use a plate to draw a curve on the open edges with a piece of chalk. Cut along the chalk line.
2. Sandwich quilt batting in between the two pieces of fabric and pin. If you are new to basic quilting, see this post here for how to do this and also how to do basic machine quilting.
3. I used my walking foot attachment and a line guide to do simple straight line quilting.
4. Attach bias tape to finish the edges. See this post for more information on making and using bias tape.
5. Cut 4 18 inch pieces of bias tape. Turn the short edges under about 1/4 inch and sew. Refold bias tape and sew along the open edges. Pin two pieces of sewn bias tape 6 inch in from each edge of one end of the mat, putting one piece on each side. Sew into place.
6. If you'll be using the mat on a slick floor (about anything except carpet), you'll need non-slip decals put on the back. I cut out flower shapes from non-slip fabric ...
and glued them on with fabric glue. With the quilting, the edges stuck up a little more than I would have liked them to, but I'm going to wait until I wash the mat and see if I need to finish the edges or not. I don't really want to sew them and have the sewing show through on the other side of the mat - I'm thinking of maybe tracing around the edges with puffy paint. We'll see!
7. To easily carry the mat, roll up from the end that does not have ties, put one tie in front of the roll and one in back, and tie in a loose bow.
Happy Creating! Deborah