How to Make a Kitty Litter Rug

comments (3) February 21st, 2009     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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I love our new burst of orange in the bathroom!
Making appliqué pieces from the same towel makes for a cool, subtle design feature.
Turn a new or recycled towel into a simple little rug.
I love our new burst of orange in the bathroom!

I love our new burst of orange in the bathroom!

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We're lucky our tiny apartment bathroom is just big enough to fit the litter box, but that means our kitty kicks her litter onto the floor of our shared space, and cleanup is annoying and frequently necessary. So I whipped up this simple litter rug to cover the space that's often covered with litter, so cleanup will now mean shaking the rug into the trash, with no sweeping or vacuuming needed! And I think it brightens up the bathroom fabulously!

You'll need:

  • One big towel
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Sewing machine

First, you need to measure how wide you want your rug. For mine, this ended up being about 3 inches on each side wider than the litter box base because that's what would fit in our tiny bathroom, but you may want it wider than that. You need to take note of the total width as well as the amount of space that will wrap around on each side. So my measurement was 16 inches total, with 3 inches on each side (meaning my litter box width is 10 inches).

Fold your towel in half, and mark your total measurement along one side. You'll be cutting through both layers of the folded towel, so you could pin them together to be extra safe about cutting them exactly the same size and shape.

That top edge is the folded edge, so I marked 16 inches in from that end.


Cut a big U shape, or half-oval shape, through both towel layers, with the straight edge being the edge you marked. You can draw it on first and follow the line, or eyeball it, which is what I did.

Now you have two layers of identical half-ovals.


Sew the two layers together around the outside edge but not across the top.

I used a straight stitch, but you could use a zigzag or a decorative stitch if you want to.


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Comments (3)

roselynbette writes: It's still cute though. I don't think the cat moving it is such a big issue.

Posted: 12:49 pm on May 28th
genalorainne writes: But how do you place it steady?
Posted: 12:25 pm on May 28th
trishpatsy02 writes: It's a great idea. One way to keep it from moving is to leave out the cut out and just put it under the litter box.

Posted: 2:42 pm on February 21st
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