Tuesday, March 6, 2012

"Spice Mats" A Fun Tutorial

I keep my most used spices next to my stove.  I used to use a paper towel to keep them on, but then I came up with the idea to make a spice mat.  Spice mats are so fast and easy to make and all you need is 16 - 5” charm squares and a scrap piece of batting.  I love this way to make 2 – 4 patch blocks from 2 charm squares.  I hope you enjoy making one for yourself  too.  I have to admit I have made several for the different seasons throughout year!  The tutorial is below.

16 – 5” charm squares
10” x 14” batting scrap
1/8 yard binding fabric

Place 2 charm squares right sides together.  Stitch a ¼” seam on both sides.

Cut in half and press.  

Place units right sides together with different fabrics touching.  Do not place same fabric next to each other and seam is horizontal. Stitch 1/4” on both sides.

 Cut in half and press.  You will now have 2 - 4 patch blocks from 2 – 5” charm squares.

Make 8 – 4 patch blocks.  Measure all the 4 patch blocks and square all the blocks to the
 smallest block measurement.

Tip: Use sizing spray on blocks when pressing.  The blocks will be so much easier to handle 
and square up!

Sew 4 pairs of 2 – 4 patch blocks.  Press pairs in opposite directions.

Sew 2 - 4 patch pair units together as shown.  Make 2; press.

Sew the 2 units together.  Press.

Choose 8 charm squares and sew them together as shown for the Spice Mat backing.

Lay backing wrong side up, spray temporary adhesive.  Lay batting on top of backing and spray temporary adhesive.  Lay 4 patch unit on top of batting.  

Machine quilt as desired and trim.

Cut 2 – 2 1/2” x 42” strips of binding fabric.  Sew short ends together to make 1 continuous strip.  Press wrong sides together and sew to front of Spice Mat.   
Turn to back and hand stitch down. 

Now you have a cute mat to keep your most used spices on.  
 When it gets dirty just throw it in the washer and dryer!

Until the next post Happy Quilting!