All good things in good time. And sometimes, DIY projects take FOREVER. Such is the case with my (still unfinished) DIY bathmat. You’ll remember I’m using an online tutorial from Sisters of the Wild West. The good news is that this mat looks way cool and it’s one of the most substantial bathmats I’ve put my hands on in a very long time. I started with a pile of various sized bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths.
Then I cut them into strips about 1 1/2 – 2″ wide. I didn’t get too exact because they were going to get braided and smushed up together in the end.
The tricky thing with my bathmat is that I had varying lengths in my strips of reclaimed towels. To compensate for this, I took the shorter strips and sewed them together so that I had a pile of strips all about the same length.
Then, I got the long braided rope started. After the first section was braided, I moved over to my sewing machine and attached another strip to each end as I came to them. I kept braiding and attaching accordingly until I reached my desired length (I eye balled it) and then secured the end of the braid with more zig zag stitching.
The brilliant thing about this DIY project is that I was able to use up a vast amount of annoyingly small amounts of left over threads in a variety of colors. I didn’t care what colors I was using, I just used up whatever was next on my spool organizer. Love it!!
Once I had my long braid, I began to form a swirl and I stitched each round of swirl with some hand stitching. Instead of using heavy duty thread, I’ve continued to use up my thread spools and I’ve quadruple-threaded the needle. It’s been a lot slower going than I expected, although the end result is rather satisfying. After more than three hours, I’m still about 50% away from the finished product.
I really liked this project, despite the sore fingers and never-ending line of braided towels. There is nothing like high quality items for the home and after working my way through so many store-bought bathmats over the years, I think this one is a real keeper. It’s SUPER sturdy, very absorbent, and environmentally responsible. Why throw out all those old towels?? I think it’s time for a bath now…
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