Monday, December 10, 2012

Design Challenge Tutorial : Holiday Herringbone Kitchen Mat

Hello!  My name is Jessica and I blog over at SewCraftyJess.  I am thrilled to be here guest posting at Sew Lux and have a fun holiday floor mat tutorial to help get your kitchen in the holiday spirit!


When Chrissy asked if I'd like to take part in the design challenge guest blogger series, I immediately jumped at the chance, and when I found out I would be posting in December, I knew I wanted to work with these beautiful fun and festive Kate Spain Joy fat quarters


Before we get started, I just want to let everyone know that we will be using just about every last usable inch of these 6 fat quarters, so trim sparingly, and measure twice, and cut once!  Just for fun, we'll also break a few quilty rules to stretch every last ounce of fabric but you know what they say, rules ARE meant to be broken.  So without further ado, lets get stitching!

Holiday Herringbone Kitchen Mat

You will need:

(6) coordinating fat quarters
(2) pieces cotton batting measuring 33" x 21"
Quilting Ruler at least 24" long with a 60 degree marking
Coordinating Thread

Cutting Instructions:

Press all (6) fat quarters, and stack on top of each other on your cutting mat, right sides up, making sure to line up the edges as best as possible.  We will be cutting all (6) layers at the same time to save on cutting time.

From all (6) fat quarters cut:
  • (1) strip measuring 1.5" x 22"
    • subcut into (3) strips measuring 1.5" x 7.25" - this should yield a total of (18) 1.5" x 7.25" strips
  • (1) strip measuring 2" x 22"
    • subcut into (3) strips measuring 2" x 7.25" - this should yield a total of (18) 2" x 7.25" strips
  • (1) strip measuring 2.5" x 22" 
    • subcut into (3) strips measuring 2.5" x 7.25" - this should yield a total of (18) 2.5" x 7.25" strips
  • (1) strip measuring 3" x 22" 
    • subcut into (1) strip measuring 3" x 7.25" - this should yield a total of (6) 3" x 7.25" strips
    • from remaining 3" x 15" strip, cut down to measure 2.5" x 15"
      • subcut 2.5" x 15" strip into (2) strips measuring 2.5" x 7.25" this should yield a total of (12) 2.5" x 7.25" strips
You should now have (6) remaining fat eighths measuring appx 9" x 22"

Select (1) remaining fat eighth and cut:
  • (1) strip measuring 1.5" x 22"
    • subcut into (3) strips measuring 1.5" x 7.25"
  • (3) strips measuring 2.5" x 22" - set aside for binding
Select (1) remaining fat eighth and cut:
  • (1) strip measuring 2" x 22" 
    • subcut into (3) strips measuring 2" x 7.25"
  • set aside remaining 7" x 22" for backing
Select (1) remaining fat eighth and cut:
  • (1) strip measuring 3" x 22"
    • subcut (1) strip measuring 3" x 7.25"
      • cut remaining 3" x 15" down to measure 2.5" x 15"- set aside for binding
  • (2) strips measuring 2.5" x 22" - set aside for binding
Set aside remaining (3) fat eighths of fabric for backing.

Whew!  Now that our cutting is done, lets get sewing.

Piecing Instructions:

use a scant 1/4" seam throughout

1.  Sort your various widths of 7.25" strips into 7 piles, with each pile consisting of:
  • (1) 3" x 7.25" strip
  • (4) 2.5" x 7.25" strips
  • (3) 2" x 7.25" strips
  • (3) 1.5" x 7.25" strips

2.  Each stack will become one herringbone column in our mat.  Select one stack of fabrics to work with and set the remaining 6 stacks aside.  We now will angle one short edge of our fabric to help simplify the angled piecing process.  Using your quilting ruler, align the 60 degree mark with the bottom edge of your fabric as pictured below.  To save cutting time, I stacked like sizes in each fabric pile and cut all at once.


3.  Please note, as I am left handed, things may look backwards!  This is ok.  I aligned my ruler to cut the left short edge of the fabric at a 60 degree angle, if you are right handed it may be easier to cut the right short edge.  This is fine, as long as you are consistent with what edge you cut throughout the tutorial.


4.  Once you have cut a 60 degree angle on one side of all strips in the first stack, we will piece together our strips.  Select two fabric strips, right sides together, and align the angled edges by over lapping the pointed edge 1/4" as pictured below.  Begin sewing where the arrow is pointing, and continue sewing as the dotted line shows.


5.  Press seams open or to one side, which ever you prefer.  Your two fabrics should look like the picture below, with your angled edges lining up.


6.  Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all (11) strips are pieced together. The result should look like this:


7.  Align the long straight edge and trim to 4.75" wide.  Don't panic if your straight edge is a little wonky, we are working with bias seams here, so straighten as best you can.


8.  Now we will trim our strip into a rectangular shape.  Trim one angled short edge to form a 90 degree angle as shown below.


9.  Measure and trim to 18.5" wide, as pictured below.


10.  Repeat steps 2-9 with (3) additional stacks of strips.

11.  With the remaining (3) stacks of fabric, we will now create the second half of the herringbone shape.  To do this, select one stack of fabric, and as in step 2, stack like sizes of strips, but place on cutting mat right side down.  Align the bottom long edge of your fabric strip with the 60 degree mark on your ruler, and trim to a 60 degree angle.  Repeat this process with the remaining (3) sizes of strips.


12.  Piece together all (11) fabric strips in the pile in the same manner described in step 4.


13.  Repeat steps 7-9 to result in a rectangle measuring 4.75" x 18.5"

14.  Repeat process described in steps 11-13 with remaining (2) fabric stacks.

15.  Arrange your herringbone columns, alternating the direction of the angle as shown below:


16.  Sew together columns.  Resulting mat top should measure appx 30" x 18.5"


17. To construct backing, sew together the (3) 9" x 22" fabric pieces, and (1) 7" x 22" fabric piece you previously set aside for backing, along the 22" edge.


18.  To make the binding, we will break a quilting rule, and instead of sewing together your set aside binding fabric on a 90 degree angle, like usual, we are going to straight stitch the strips together using a 1/4" seam {{insert gasp, hopefully  the quilting gods are looking the other direction!}}  Again all in the name of stretching our fat quarters!


19.  Create your quilt sandwich, first layering your backing fabric right side down, then both layers of batting (I like some cushion in my floor mats!) and then the quilt top right side up.  Be careful when aligning your quilt sandwich, as there isn't much room for error.

20.  Quilt and bind and desired, stand back and admire your work!



  1. It's lovely. But goodness, I couldn't bear the thought of stepping on it, let alone letting my crazy bunch do so.

  2. I know, it's too pretty to be stepped on! Love it!

  3. It is so pretty, love the fabric choices! Hard to think of stepping on it but remember it is washable!

  4. My dogs would commandeer that lovely little quilt within moments. And that would be ok with me. :) Anything to keep the canine kids happy.

  5. That's adorable! I don't know if I could walk on's too pretty! Great tutorial.

  6. Great tutorial...once again, Jessica! It's so cheery and fun! I'm surprised it only used 6 f/q's too, which is A+ in my book!

  7. So bright and cheery - love the herringbone design! My kitty would enjoy it too:)

  8. So cute! Love the festive fabric in the kitchen!

  9. This is adorable...thanks for sharing!

  10. Love this for in the kitchen--so cheery!

  11. Nice tutorial! Love the herringbone.


Thanks for stopping by - we love hearing from you! :-)