It really is the little things in life that bring so much joy. And, today, I'm almost giddy over these cute little Dish Draining Mats I made for washing dishes! I'm a firm believer in using your best china and finest silverware (and even cloth napkins) every day, but I can't bring myself to put them in the dishwasher.
So, needless to say, with all the cooking we do around here, I spend a lot of time washing dishes, and these darling little Flower Sugar Maison mats – well, they just made doing dishes a lot sweeter ;)!
Here is a quick tutorial for you, if you'd like to make some! They're Super Cute and Super Simple!
1 – 18" x 24" Rectangle Cotton Canvas
1 – 22" x 28" Rectangle Piece Batting (or 2 for more water absorption)
1 – 22" x 28" Rectangles Muslin
2 – 2 ¼" x WOF for Binding
1. Layer one piece of muslin on top of the other. Fold the top piece back half way, spray with basting spray and smooth out. Then, fold the bottom of the top piece up half way, spray and smooth out. Repeat this step with your batting, and finally your cotton canvas layer.
2. Quilt as desired. I did a simple cross-hatch, and I used painter's tape to mark my lines so I wouldn't have to draw on the fabric.
3. Trim and bind.
4. Marvel at the darling dish drying mats you made (that are so much cuter than the ones you can buy), when you are washing your dishes ;)!
I even made one for our camper!
Of course we don't have nice dishes in there (though we do have cloth napkins ;) – but, we also don't have a dishwasher, so . . . . ;). This goes perfectly with the Flower Sugar décor I did the camper in last year! I fussy cut some of those darling dishes – might make some fun little tea towels and hot pads for the camper with them ;)!
I just tried one out for the first time with this morning's dishes! They aren't quite as absorbent as the one I got at Bed, Bath, and Beyond – but, plenty absorbent for us and seriously you guys, they win on the Happiness, Cuteness, So Make Me Smile Factor
hands down ;)!