How to Sew a Patchwork Cat Mat

comments (2) February 17th, 2009     

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Your kitty will love this patchwork mat, and youll love the protection it gives your furniture.
Begin by cutting twelve 5-inch squares.
Lay out the pieces you are going to assemble.
Your kitty will love this patchwork mat, and youll love the protection it gives your furniture.

Your kitty will love this patchwork mat, and you'll love the protection it gives your furniture.

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No matter how much we love our pets, we don't usually love the hair and wear they leave on our furniture. Well-placed mats can go a long way in keeping your favorite chair or couch free of fur and damage. I made a sturdy little quilted mat out of some denim scraps, but you could use any rugged cloth, like canvas or twill. Here's how to go about it:

You'll need about a 1/2 yard total of fabric, but it can be in assorted pieces. You'll also need a ruler, chalk or pen, scissors, pins, thread, and your sewing machine.

1. Cut the pieces. Decide on the size and number of squares you want to use. I used 4-inch squares, three squares wide and four squares long, so the finished mat is 12 inches by 16 inches. I used a 1/2-inch seam allowance, so I cut my 12 squares 5 inches by 5 inches. The bottom lining piece needs a 1/2-inch seam allowance on all sides, so I cut it 13 inches by 17 inches.


Begin by cutting twelve 5-inch squares.

This piece will be the bottom or lining. Cut it 13 inches by 17 inches.

2. Arrange the squares in a layout that you like.


The pieces are laid out as I'm going to assemble them.

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Comments (2)

crazycatsmom writes: i have been making catnip cat mats to sell at craft shows for the past 5 years when i originally started making them from cool cat fabric i only made them 16" square with quilt batting leaving an opening in the top to put in the catnip it sticks to the quilt batting perfectly then i had to enlarge it a little because some customers said they had fat cats so now i sell them in 2 sizes. you can also throw them in the washer and dryer (tho' you will have catnip in the lint catcher) then just refill with a little catnip and again a happy cat will love you forever again. thanks for sharing this with every cat lovers.
Posted: 2:50 pm on May 21st
MmeSherwood writes: This project was crazy easy and it's so, so useful. I put a few pinches of catnip and a little bit of stuffing (to sort of hold the nip) into mine. Gonna make a bunch more for my apartment and a few for friends/fam.
Posted: 12:27 pm on April 13th
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