10.15.2009

I Made Some Mats

When I first started seeing bath mats made out of fabric and towels floating around the blogosphere last summer, I thought, "I should make one of those for a drying mat to go next to my kitchen sink!"

I certainly wasn't the only one who had that idea. I just saw one over on Seams of Life made from thrifted towels and pillowcases - adorable!

In a true departure from my normal crafting M.O., I recently bought some new fabric. You might not know this about me, but I don't typically buy new fabric. I work with thrifted, hand-me-down or repurposed fabric almost exclusively. But when I saw this print, I couldn't resist buying a fat quarter.

drying mat

I think it makes the perfect drying mat. I used a slightly stained white towel from our linen closet and made the mat exactly the dimensions of the fat quarter. It's a perfect fit. I'd say it was $2.50 and one hour of my time well spent.

drying mat

I love my drying mat so much, I decided to go ahead and make a bath mat too.

bath mat

Using thrifted fabrics, another slightly stained towel, and some crochet thread, I whipped up our first ever bath mat this morning. My kids think I'm pretty clever, but of course, I was inspired by the wonderful world of bloggers, yet again.

Curious about the eggshells drying in the sink? I almost always have eggshells drying in or around my sink these days. Over the summer, I washed, dried and crushed the eggshells to add to my garden. But after a little discussion with some flickr friends about shell-less eggs, I'm now crushing them and mixing them in with our chicken feed. Seems that our girls need a little more calcium in their diet. It's just amazing that they can grow their own food, in a roundabout way.

28 comments:

  1. Excellent mats! My to-do list just got one item longer... I've been eyeing the bath mat lately and thinking mean thoughts about it so maybe it's time to take charge.

    (We do that with our eggshells, too. It makes me a little nervous: I just don't want them to get the wrong idea and think they should be pecking their eggs before we get to them...)

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  2. i love the mats! our bathroom needs a makeover and i think these are just the ticket - i think a drying mat is in order as well.

    we recently moved into our first place with a dishwasher, but truth-be-told... i don't like it, i rather enjoy hand washing dishes and having my favorite pots and pans ready at every meal :).

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  3. Way cute!
    You have nice eggshells.

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  4. I just put that fabric in a shopping cart! I adore it. What a great use for it.

    We always crush the eggshells and feed it back as part of the feed. We just make sure that the crushed shells look nothing like the real thing.

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  5. Excellent and wonderful ideas. kudos to you!

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  6. Molly - these are perfect. I love the sunny bath mat and the sink mat is just about the coolest thing. Love them.

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  7. Love the mats!! Brilliant.

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  8. The mats are adorable and easy enough I think I could probably handle constructing one.. LOL

    Our chooks just started laying and we are giving them crushed oyster shells to up their calcium intake.

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  9. super cute. I can't believe I didn't know about this drying mat thing!

    also, shellless eggs? ew.

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  10. cute...cute...i've been inspired by these projects all over as well.

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  11. they both turned out great. I just got Amanda's book from the library yesterday. I wanted to "check it out" first.

    about once a week, I crush up some eggs shells and give the the chicks. so far, our shells seem strong.

    by chickens are not loving the rain!

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  12. my chickens not by chickens : )

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  13. That kitchen drying mat is just the cutest. Love the fabric pattern. I don't have a sewing machine but I've had a hankering for one for over a year now. I think I better go check out Craig's List. I think these would make cute holiday gifts.

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  14. I love it Molly!
    The colors in your bath mat are great, I too love to use vintage fabrics! Sounds like a good project for me this weekend : )

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  15. love the mats! what a great idea:)

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  16. Love these! Mats have been on my to-do list for some time now, but they just never seem to make it to the top....

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  17. Love the graphic print on your mat! I've been afraid to add back the egg shells due to encouraging cannibalism. Been adding a handful of oyster shell with my feed mix. No shell-less eggs since the first one. May have to try crushing some shells now. Been saving them for my mom to use in her war against the slugs..

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  18. super cute, molly! and the chicken/egg thing brings up that age old question: which came first?

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  19. Have you ever seen this blog? There is lots of info there plus they are very quick to answer questions! Sometimes posts are very humorous, too!
    http://www.sallygardens.typepad.com/

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  20. And so the circle continues....may break out the machine for these in the coming week.

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  21. Dear Molly,

    I just discovered your blog and read many of the articles you wrote and love your projects. Keep up the great, creative work. I have added your blog to my 'best of the best' list in my favourites list!

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  22. really great! I need some new mats myself. Wonderful idea!

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  23. What? You mean there's a better option than the bedraggled old towel that's always lying beside my sink? I love it!

    And hey, I already have the perfect fabric to make myself a mat. Now I just need the abundance of time that you wrote about a few posts back...

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  24. what a pretty and clever mats! i´ve never seen these before. :)
    very cute molly!

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  25. nicole/brusselsOctober 21, 2009

    I love your drying mat, nice fabric too and a very good idea to use an old towel on the backside!

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  26. I love this idea. Especially the drying mat on the kitchen counter. Great handmade holiday gift idea. Thanks!

    lisa

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