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Cute Kitty Baby Mat
|This super soft baby mat will give a little one a soft place to play or will give parents a place to change the little one away from home if it is kept in the diaper bag.|
By Carol Zentgraf
Mom and baby alike will love this warm and fuzzy floor mat. Shaped like a kitty, it is made of cuddle fabric, and the edges are serged with woolly nylon thread for a soft finish.
Serger Skill Level
25 x 36 inches
Finishing edges, serging curves and corners, working with deep-pile fabric
- 3/4 yard pink cuddle fabric
- 1/2 yard white cuddle fabric
- 3/4 yard coordinating cotton polka-dot fabric
- 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet double-stick fusible web
- Scrap black flannel
- Pattern-tracing paper or fabric
- Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer
- Permanent fabric adhesive
- Fabric basting spray
- Press cloth
- Basic sewing equipment and supplies
3 spools serger thread
1 spool woolly nylon thread
Coordinating all-purpose sewing thread
Serger Stitches & SettingsNote: These are suggested serger settings. Be sure to test your stitch on a scrap of project or similar fabric to ensure stitch perfection before beginning your project.
3-thread wide overlock for edges
Stitch Length: 3.0
Left Needle Tension: 4
Right Needle: Removed
Upper Looper Tension: 1
Lower Looper Tension: 4
Adjustments for deep-pile fabric:
Increase cutting/stitch width to 6.
Serger thread in both needles and lower looper
Woolly nylon thread in upper looper (tension reduced)
Enlarge and trace the head and arm/leg patterns onto pattern-tracing paper or fabric to make templates, following instructions on patterns.From the pink cuddle fabric:
Cut one 26-inch-diameter circle.
Using templates, cut one head and four arm/leg pieces.From the white cuddle fabric:
Cut one 18-inch-diameter circle.From the polka-dot fabric:
Cut one 26-inch-diameter circle.
Using templates, cut one head and four arm/leg pieces.
- Using the facial features on the head pattern, trace two each cheeks, eyes and inner ears, and one nose onto the fusible web paper backing, leaving at least 1/2 inch between each.
- Cut out fusible web applique pieces leaving a 1/4-inch margin around each.
- Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the cheeks, nose and inner ears fusible web applique pieces to the wrong side of the polka-dot fabric.
- Fuse the eyes to the wrong side of the black flannel.
- Cut out the facial-feature appliques along the drawn lines.
- Referring to the pattern for placement, remove the backing from the applique shapes and position them on the cuddle-fabric head piece. Use a press cloth and fuse the appliques in place. Note: Do not apply the iron directly to the cuddle fleece fabric as it will melt. Use a press cloth and a medium heat setting to press.
- Cover the applique shapes with lightweight water-soluble stabilizer and use sewing machine to zigzag-stitch over the edges of each shape with matching thread.
- Gently tear the stabilizer away from the stitches. Use tweezers to remove from under the stitches, if needed.
- Trace the mouth and whiskers onto water-soluble stabilizer and position on the face. Stitch over the lines using a zigzag stitch. Carefully remove the stabilizer.
- Apply basting spray to wrong side of white cuddle circle following manufacturer’s instructions.
- Center the white cuddle circle on the right side of the pink cuddle circle.
- Use sewing machine and a wide, open zigzag stitch to stitch the edges of the white circle in place.
- Align each pink cuddle piece with its corresponding polka-dot piece, wrong sides together. Pin the pieces together at least 1 inch from the edge.
- Serge the edges of each pair of pieces together. Pull the thread tails under the stitches on the polka-dot side and secure with a dab of fabric adhesive; trim. Press each piece on the polka-dot side.
- Place the pink cuddle side of circle right side up on a flat surface. Position the head at the top of the circle, overlapping the circle edge by 2 to 3 inches (Figure 1). Pin and sew in place using sewing machine.
- To add an arm, position an arm/leg piece 4 1/2 inches from one side of the head with the circle overlapping the arm/leg piece by 1 inch (Figure 2). Pin in place to hold.
- Repeat step 2 to add another arm to the opposite side of the head.
- To add legs, position and pin a remaining arm/leg piece 17 inches from an arm with the circle overlapping the arm/leg piece by 1 inch, again referring to Figure 2. Repeat on opposite side.
- Use sewing machine to stitch all overlapping edges in place as shown in Figure 3a and Figure 3b.
Credits: Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Fabric; Robert Kaufman cotton print fabric; YLI woolly nylon and Elite serger threads; Warm Company Steam-a-Seam 2® Fusible Web; Sulky® Solvy™ stabilizer; Beacon Adhesives™ Fabri-Tac® permanent fabric adhesive.
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