February 3 ~ FQ Project of the Day

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Floor Mats
Patchwork Floor Mat by Anna, twelve22

Granted, this pretty patchwork floor mat from Anna uses a variety of fabrics, but we think it’s an excellent fat quarter project. The possibilities are endless! You could embroider on a subdued fat quarter, patchwork the top and use a full fat quarter for the back… It could hang out in the kitchen, the bathroom, the mud room or a playroom!

Other mats we love. Although there isn’t a tutorial for this exact project, we found tutorials for similar projects and similar techniques here, here and here. Later today we also have a patchwork tutorial for our February Sew-Along that could also double for a perfect floor mat project. Stay tuned!

Share your patchwork/floor mat link in the comments below, or point us to related tutorials and inspiration.

Have some fun with Fat Quarters! We’re giving away fat quarter packs all month long. Comment anytime this week to win one of 8 fat quarter packs (6 fat quarters per pack). This week’s FQ giveaway pack prints are predominantly… Orange!

Add pictures of your fat quarter projects to our Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pool. Share your stash photos in our Fabric Stash & Storage pool.

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103 Responses to February 3 ~ FQ Project of the Day

  1. phyllis says:


    I am new to this site and would like to know how to get the fat quater patteren for the patchwork floor mat by Beth on 2/3/09. i really like your mat.

    Thak You,


  2. Ali says:

    Ooh, a floor mat. Honestly, I had never thought about making one, but I know what I will be doing this afternoon.

  3. Debbie S says:

    I was looking for a fun project for my girls – this is perfect.

  4. Jodie says:

    My kitchen needs a bit of sprucing up. This would help dramatically! Thanks.

  5. Stacy says:

    That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Bethany says:

    I think I need to make one of these for the floor by my kitchen sink! With lots of cushy batting! Maybe then I won’t mind doing dishes quite as much :)!

  7. Karla says:

    This is such a great, useful idea for FQ’s!

  8. Rose in Arizona says:

    Hmm. Have lots of fabric squares and strips already cut. Never thought of a mat before. Nice color arrangement. Thanks for the idea.

  9. Debbie says:

    That floormat would definitely make my feet very happy.

  10. Baba says:

    Love the color combinations here.

  11. Lee says:

    I love this idea! Such a great way to add a bit of warmth and color to an apartment bathroom! I see these in my sewing future…I can practice piecing and quilting on something small!


  12. Shawna says:

    I am really enjoying the fat quarter projects! I wouldn’t want to put this one on the floor for everyone to step on…

  13. Deb says:

    Wow I never thought of a patchwork bath mat. I want to try it. Thanks so much for such a great informative site.

  14. Kathy says:


  15. Emily S says:

    Very cute – i’ve been meaning to try this for awhile…..

  16. Tammy :) says:

    I really want to make a mat, but my craft list is getting longer by the day with all these great ideas!

  17. water works says:

    I think I’ll make a similar sized mat, but then hang it on the wall in the foyer. WIth the first letter of our last name monogrammed in the largest block….awesome. Thanks for the idea….

  18. Victoria says:

    I love the floor mat idea! And, you know, orange is my favorite color….

  19. Cheryl says:

    I love fat quarter friendly projects. A smaller quilted piece means instant satisfaction sooner. Those fabrics used on the post are delightful.

  20. Trinity says:

    Ooooh, I love this idea!!! I think I’ll make an even bigger one to go under my coffee table. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. Anna says:

    This is a great collection of floor mat ideas. I especially like the jute coffee bag mat!

  22. Corvus says:

    Ooo, I like this one. It’d be a great way to try out patchwork/piecework without comitting to a full quilt or something. Plus, I need a bathroom mat.

  23. Sam says:

    I love the colours of that mat.

  24. Tink1272 says:

    *sew* not so…. Sorry, my mind is not working. 🙂

  25. Tink1272 says:

    I love this blog. I love the ideas. I am just starting out on re-learning how to so and I am so excited. The more I look around, the happier I get – and then I find out you are from Beaverton, too! I think it was meant to be!

  26. Leanne says:

    I would love to get a free pack of fat quarters to make a mat! Looks like fun!

  27. Sarah says:

    Astounding, really. I was just in the shower and trying to think of something that I could make for a friend of mine and hmmming and hawing, because what I really want to make for her is a quilt of some kind (even though I have never quilted)… And then I scan through my list of blog links and lo and behold! I could do this!

  28. Jenni says:

    This is a great idea for a collection of handmade batik fat quarters that I purchased while on a trip to Grenada, in the West Indies. Of course, I would be afraid to use as a rug- maybe more or a hanging.

  29. sara says:

    Fat quarters by far are one of my favorite tools to use to make projects, especially because of how they’re cut!

  30. This is the perfect inspiration for me, as I am dressing the guest bath…:)

  31. mikawendy says:

    This would be a good way to experiment with free motion quilting designs. I usually make a 10″ or so square to figure out quilting designs, but if I made a floor mat then I’d be able to use it after instead of just having it as a stitching sample for the project.

  32. Melissa says:

    What a great idea!

  33. Fer says:

    That’s so cool, but I think the animals would fight over it – they all love a quilt!

  34. michele says:

    great idea–i need to make some of these–maybe use up some old towels????

  35. Libby says:

    Love the different floor mats. May think of doing that in my bathroom instead of knitting one.

  36. Bethany Scott says:

    I enjoyed seeing all the different mats. I love your Blog!

  37. Leah says:

    I was just thinking about how I need a new floor mat…another project to add to my list! Thanks for the inspiration!

  38. danna osen says:

    Folks are oh so clever with their fat quarter ideas. This entire series is proving to be very inspiring.

  39. Sue Cahill says:

    What a great idea! I never would have thought of a floor mat but this is a great way to use some of my stash.

  40. Suzi says:

    I love this idea. Now I need to order a set of fat quarters and make one.

  41. Andi says:

    I love the Montessori by Hand bath mat! I made one for my bathroom, but used leftover pieces from the bathroom curtains instead of making it patchwork and then appliqued daisies on it to match the shower hooks. A very fun project!

  42. amy says:

    IGreat idea! That mat is way too cute to go in the mud room!!

  43. Sara says:

    I love the floor mat! The colors are so calming. I have one of those on my list to make for Christmas 2009. Sew Liberated has a tutorial for one on her site which is simple but fun.

  44. Ramona says:

    I really like this idea. I need new floor mats in my bathroom and want one by my bed so my little dog can jump up on the bed and not slide on the hardwood floors. Thanks for the great suggestion.

  45. Danielle says:

    Awesome! I need a new bathmat! What a great way to affordably bring color into the room!

  46. Tara T. says:

    A fat quarter pack….how delightful 🙂

  47. Leigh says:

    I’m making one of these right now, even as we speak! I’ll post photos soon, and share the link…

  48. Vic says:

    I don’t know why I have never thought of making a floor mat out of fabric before (as opposed to woven)…. it’s not only obvious, but cute.
    Thanks for the idea!

  49. Monica Gee says:

    I have never thought about making a floor mat like this. Cute idea.

  50. mamabeck says:

    LOVE that mat!!!

  51. Helena says:

    Now thats something I need to make for the kitchen. Thanks for such a great idea.

  52. Michelle says:

    Beautiful. Sure beats my ratty old terrycloth-ish thing…

  53. Great idea – I just might have to make one.

  54. Christine says:

    That is such a beautiful floor mat. Perfect for hardwood floors!

  55. Kris says:

    This is just what I need. I was just thinking I needed a bath mat, but couldn’t find anything that made me happy. Now I know what to do, I have the perfect fabrics too! Thank you.

  56. Debbie L says:

    Love the FQ projects! I might try a mat… or a pilow…

  57. Lisa says:

    That would be great in my bathroom…both, actually.

  58. Catherine says:

    What a stunning design – never mind making it as a floor mat – I could see it as a quilt……..and the colours are divine. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  59. julia says:

    Pretty! –It’d add a nice handmade touch in my bathroom!

  60. Jessica says:

    This looks like lots of fun!!

  61. alisha says:

    I love the mats. My favorite was the bathmat in the “mini bath, mini re-do” Flickr photo.

  62. Sara says:

    This is a wonderful thing…I have been thinking about a bathroom mat or kitchen mat for a while!!!

    Gonna do it!!

  63. Liz says:

    What a great idea! I’m feeling so inspired to make one for my apartment.

  64. Carrie says:

    Fabric floor mats are so intriguing. Thanks for the inspiration.

  65. Shannon says:

    I love it!!! I’m getting a longer list of projects to try!

  66. Valerie says:

    I love your fabric choices, so pretty!

  67. Karen says:

    I love the projects you can make with fat quarters. I also have ben loving orange lately. I made a purse, with some Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabric, which came out great. I should upload the photo….humm. maybe I need to figure out how to do that. 🙂

  68. sandyandcosmo says:

    I agree with kate, it’s too pretty to walk on!

  69. Susanna says:

    I love how washable that looks. I think I have my next project lined up!

  70. Kay says:

    Very bright mat .. beautiful!

  71. kate says:

    ooooh…. i like. The sad thing is I know I wouldn’t want anyone to step on my lovely work! It’d drive my husband nuts! 🙂

  72. Jennifer says:

    What a great I dea!

  73. Jennifer says:

    What a fun way to add a little color to a room!

  74. Hashi says:

    I have two handmade mats in my house, and now that I think about it, I could use a lot more! Here’s the ones I am currently using: http://tinyurl.com/dytn6s and http://tinyurl.com/cujf5j. I love the idea of using fat quarters to make mats. Thanks!

  75. anita says:

    I love fat quarters. They are such a great way to get some of the “must have” fabric without busting the budget!

  76. JaneR says:

    These first few ideas are showing us what an incredible fat quarter month February will be. Thank you!

  77. Rachel says:

    This is a fun tutorial to make a rug with scraps:



  78. Rachel says:

    oooh this is a great idea!! I am totally making a floor mat for my kitchen!


  79. Barb says:

    Love the bathmat idea! Looking forward to the Sew-along.

  80. Torina says:

    I love that mat! I never would have thought of making that! The colors are GREAT!

  81. Katie says:

    I have a couple fat quarter packs (and would love a few more 🙂 ) that have been waiting for perfect project. I’ve been wanting to try out quilting, I’m thinking about joining the doll quilt sew along! I’m looking forward to seeing all the project ideas this month. Your site is great!

  82. Miss Behave says:

    What a great idea! This goes straight to my to do list

  83. Mary says:

    Oooh, now I want to make floor mats for my kitchen. It looks like it could also be used as a placemat, if made smaller.

  84. This is a great idea! I’m subscribed, so I won’t miss any of February’s Fat Quarters – but this is a great idea. My stash is full of FQ and scraps that just need to be sewn up! Thank you!

  85. Emily says:

    I like this idea! Good for small spaces, like mine.

  86. Kelly says:

    How fun is this?!??! Must try it! Thanks !

  87. Ellen B says:

    Love the blue/greens…could see this on my floor. Thanks for sharing the project.

  88. Sandy says:

    This is a great way to add a pop of color to a drab entry way – I want to make a bright one right now to make me forget that winter will be lasting for 6 more weeks!

  89. Jessy Roos says:

    Cute! I love the colours in the example!

  90. Anna in Atlanta says:

    I am rediscovering all the things I used to love doing, including sewing & designing, before full-time job + kids redirected my attention. I love your site. The tutorials, ideas and encouragement are just what I need to get back into the swing. Thanks!

  91. Steph says:

    Oh, that’s such a cute idea! I hate buying rugs–they’re so expensive and they never fit the space I’m looking for right! I’ll definitely be making some of these.

  92. Nichole says:

    I really like this idea! I think I’m going to need to make one with dark colors that can be easily washable for our front door. An easy fix for wet, snow covered shoes all over our entry floor!

  93. Anya T. says:

    Great ideas. Thanks once again.

  94. Marilyn says:

    This mat would be pretty to put in a guest bathroom. Thanks for sharing!

  95. Charity says:

    The floor mat is a really cute idea!! Love it!

  96. jodie says:

    Thanks for the great links!!

  97. Annie says:

    I love orange! Tangerine… hot sunset orange, yellow-orange…thanks for the floor mat idea.

  98. Megan says:

    Looks great! I need to do this.

  99. Katie says:

    It definitely would wash up really easy. Can’t wait for the sew along!

  100. Sabra says:

    This looks like a fun project for a beginner like me.

  101. Anne says:

    I love the floor mat – how clever! The giveaway is great also!!

  102. Jen says:

    My bathroom could really use one of these. Fun! Thanks for sharing.

  103. Margie says:

    Oh that floor mat is beautiful. I really need a new one in my bathroom & kitchen. Love the inspiration here.

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