It was hot as a pistol the last two days but I sewed anyway. Grabbed a couple of bins of strings, scraps, and strips and sewed them into a little kitty shaped mat.
Above is the old mat. Very pathetic! Missy has scratched it to bits but it is still in one piece. I used it to draw a rough outline shape on some paper. PPd it and trimmed to size. Added batting and did a little FMQ on it... nothing fancy; just some wavy lines. Then it hit me! Why cut some TimTex heavy [expensive] interfacing when I can use the old mat as an insert? Why not indeed.
Cut two strips. Hemmed two edges. Lapped the hemmed areas over each other and with RS Tog, sewed all around the edge. Zigzag over s.a., press, turn. Worked like a charm... very similar to making a pillow cover.
Then another light bulb moment struck: DO NOT insert the old mat completely inside the lining pockets. Just the upper half. Leave the rest of it exposed. Now the new mat has the stability/stiffness it needs, as well as the "grip the floor" backing to help it stay in place. TaDah! I'm happy.
This is the new kitty mat in place in front of the 'box'. Missy has already scratched at it a few times, so I know it meets with her approval. Sure looks better than the old one! Think I'll whip up a few more so the old torn up mat will have a cover when this one needs a trip through the laundry.
Hope you are having a lovely summer. Thank you for stopping by to visit! I sure have missed everyone! What is everyone working on these days????