Use favourite fabrics to create this simple woven mat. They can easily be varied in size to make runners, placemats or even little coasters. And for real ease, it involves no sewing too!
You will need
Fabric – we used 4 designs
Fabric bonding tape
To make, use the photograph as a guide and cut a frame shaped border from one of the fabrics – ours measured 40 x 30cm and was 2cm deep (it may be easier to draw this out first). Cut strips of fabric to the same width and same length of the frame. Ours measured 40 x 2cm and 30 x 2cm.On a flat surface (suitable for ironing), lay out the fabric frame wrong side facing and narrowest edge at the top. Place a strip of fabric bonding tape along the top edge. Position the longer fabric strips wrong side facing on top of this, neatly butting up all edges so that they follow down the length of the frame. Place another strip of iron on bonding tape on top of this, then finish with a shorter strip of fabric right side facing. Pin this together, iron and remove pins. Place lengths of fabric bonding tape along the long sides of the frame. Next begin to weave the shorter fabric strips through the longer strips, wrong side facing, begin and end with the strip on top of the fabric bonding tape. Repeat until the bottom of the frame is reached pinning the sides at intervals to keep the shape. When the bottom of the frame is reached place another strip of fabric bonding tape over this edge, then cover with the woven strips. Place a length of bonding tape along the sides and bottom off the frame. Top with fabric strips, right side facing. Pin to secure, iron the whole mat, remove the pins and neaten any uneven edges with scissors. Finally turn the mat over and admire the finished results!
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