Sunday, July 14, 2013

How To Custom Fit Your Bath Mat!

Well, I am still buying bits and pieces to finish my bedroom and bath.  Today I purchase a new microfiber bathmat.  Oh so soft and cushiony when you step on it!  The only problem I had was with the fit.  As you can see in the following picture, it just did not fit where I wanted it to go.  It was just a little to large. 
What I did was I took my seam ripper and removed the stitches that held the binding on in the area that I was going to remove.  I did not cut the binding or rip out stitches any farther than was necessary.
I marked the area that I was going to cut out as you can see the purple line.  I trimmed a little at a time to get a nice tight fit.
Now here was the hard part for me.  I had to finally learn after all these years the necessity of hand basting.  This was one of those projects that the hand basting was necessary.  I did the hand basting on the top and bottom of the binding to replace it on my new cut edges.  This was necessary to hold the top and bottom  binding in place while I sewed.  For some reason, I just don't like to take the time for this step, but I am learning how much this step helps in these tricky sewing projects.
I have the binding all sewed back on.  There was a rubber substance on the bottom of the mat, so to sew this, I placed a piece of tissue paper under the bottom of the mat.  If I did not use this, it would drag on the sewing machine and be unable to advance to sew.  This is what the rubber substance is for, to hold the mat in place and it did a really good job of that. The tissue paper enabled me to sew easily. After sewing, I just tore away the tissue paper off of the back side of the mat.
All Finished!  Here is what the mat looks like now!  A perfect fit!!  What do women do that don't sew!!!  I just can't imagine!!!

 

3 comments:

mrsmole said...

Fantastic fit! Basting is essential for good fit no matter if it is a bridal gown or a bath mat. Clever trick using tissue paper underneath...thumbs up, Girl!

Cynthia Dickerson said...

Hi Mrs. Mole,

Mrs. Mole,

Thank you for the thumbs up!! Sometimes, I am always in a hurray to get a project done and I just have to tell myself slow down and do that basting girl!!!! I am a perfectionist and I know this is a requirement!! ( I just don't like it) LOL!!

Susan said...

You did a perfect job on that mat! You are an inspiration! Your videos and blog posts are so helpful.
I found your blog through the Pinterest pin about your ruffed pillow tutorial! Thank you so much!