I really like my microfiber dish mat, but I haven’t been able to find one that fits my countertop. These dish mats are great, they soak up a lot of water and give you a little padding under your dishes. The problem is that they are one size fits nowhere and I cannot find one to fit my counter. I like to put dishes around my dish drainer so I need the mat to be bigger than the standard size dish mat.
So, I decided to put 2 dish mats together. Frankenstein’s dish mat looked ridiculous, but now I know how they made them. They have foam inside to help soak up water and give it the cushion. This, I can replicate.
With a little searching I found the foam at JoAnn Fabrics. In my store they keep it near the interfacing and you can buy it by the yard. JoAnn’s also sells microfiber near the utility fabrics. My JoAnn Fabrics only had grey microfiber. I have decided to like grey for this project. You may be able to find better colors online but I was feeling impatient so I didn’t look.
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- Pellon Naked Flex Foam (Fusible if you can find it)
- Microfiber Fabric
- Basic Sewing Supplies
Microfiber Dish Mat Instructions:
Measure your space. Add half an inch to your width and length measurement for the seam allowance and cut your fabric. Cut your foam to the exact measurement of the space on your countertop.
The foam I bought wasn’t big enough for my counter top. So, I cut two pieces and sewed them together with a zig zag stitch. Butt the two pieces of foam up against each other and sew them together using fairly large width zig zag stitch. This compressed the foam leaving a weird dent. Once I finished the product I couldn’t even find the dent so it’s nothing to worry about.
I used Pellon Naked Flex Foam but I think that a fusible version would be better. The microfiber tends to wrinkle with mine and I think the fusible version would be better. If you are able to find the fusible version, fuse both sides of the microfiber to your foam. The microfiber would need to be a little bigger than the foam. Then fold the raw edges inside and pin. Sew all the way around your mat.
If you have the non-fusible foam, sew your 2 pieces of microfiber right sides together. Leave one entire side open to add your foam. Turn your microfiber mat right-side out.
Maneuver the foam inside the microfiber so that it fits flat with as few wrinkles as possible. The foam sticks to the microfiber making this a little difficult.
Once the foam is inside the microfiber case, cut any excess foam off so that your microfiber is at least 1/2″ longer than your foam. Fold the raw edges inside and pin or clip. Wonder clips work great for this. Sew the pinned side closed. You will need to sew all the way around the outside of the mat making sure to sew the foam to the microfiber. This will both make it look more finished and attach the two so they don’t come apart when you wash it.
Any you’re done. Make sure it fits your countertop and you are ready for some dishes. This was a really easy project that took hardly anytime at all but will really help in my kitchen.
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