Quilted Floor Cloth/Rug TutorialSaturday, April 12, 2008
The Sew Mama Sew Blog is having a tutorial contest and although I wasn't going to enter, it seemed silly not to enter when I made a new project this weekend.
This tutorial is for making a quilted floor cloth or rug. What is different about making a floor cloth than a quilt? Well there are lots of similarities, obviously. But a floor cloth is smaller, stiffer (from 2 layers of batting) and to make sure people don't think it is a small quilt laying on the floor I bound it differently.
Materials needed: Floor cloth front, Floor cloth back cut 1 1/2" - 2" larger all around than the floor cloth front, 2 layers of of polyester batting (I used soft and brite) cut the same size as the back of the floor cloth, scraps of fabric cut into various small sizes of squares and rectangles from 2 1/2" to under 5", neutral thread, new sewing machine needle.
My floor cloth is 29" x 19" and of course you can make it any size but I advise starting small. The fabric should be thicker or a home decorating type weight. I used some cotton twill in a red stripe for the backing and a thick lineny kitchen print for the front. The cloth patterns can be as busy or simple as you want.
I stopped stitching (and just slightly back stitched) right at the very edge of the floor cloth top. Do not quilt past this point into the exposed batting area.
I examined my rug closely to make sure all threads were clipped. Now the rug is finished and ready to use. You could purchase a mesh non-skid rug pad to place under the floor cloth.
Below is another floor cloth I made with a western or cowboy theme. This one is slightly different than the floor cloth explained above.