Bosal batting strips make a good old fashion mat: Let’s get started!

Something I like about doing these posts is the challenge of stepping out of my comfort zone by trying new notions and products. Well, this week I get to try the new Clover Fabric Tube Maker and Bosal products. This will be an interesting week as I’m a guy that normally makes quilts but not this week. For the first project, I will be using 2½” strips. A second project will be a bag for all my crafting needs.

I’m trying some of these Bosal and Clover products.

·         Bosal Katahdin Batting Strip – 6.35cm x 22.86m (212″ x 25yds)

·         Bosal In-R-Form UNIQUE Sew-In Foam Stabilizer – 45.7 x 147.3 cm (18″ x 58″)

·         Bosal In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible Foam Stabilizer – 45.7 x 147.3 cm (18″ x 58″)

·         Bosal In-R-Form Single Sided Fusible Foam Stabilizer – 45.7 x 147.3 cm (18″ x 58″)

·         Clover Fabric Tube Maker

Bosal batting strips, Bosal foams stabilizers and a Clover fabric tube maker

For some time now many sewists have made mats, pot holders, and all sorts of other items using Bosal Katahdin Batting Strip – 6.35cm x 22.86m (212″ x 25yds), but I’ve yet to try. This week is the week I do a mat of my own. Let the fun adventure begin.

Bosal batting strip roll

As I’m a thrifty quilter, I take all my quilt scraps and trim them down to make squares of many sizes and strips of different widths. Today I decided to dive into my scrap stash and pull out some 2½” strips. According to my calculations, 22½ strips which have the approximate length of 40” should do the trick.

A variety of 22½ – 2½” strips measuring approximately 40” in length

Take all the strips and make a 45-degree diagonal line at both ends of every strip.

Make a 45-degree diagonal line at both ends of every strip.

Place strips right sides together at a 90-degree angle and sew on the diagonal line. Repeat this step until all strips are sewn together.

Note: The reason I’m doing a diagonal seam instead of a straight seam is to reduce the bulk of fabric that will go through the Clover fabric tube maker.

Place strips right sides together at 90-degree angles and sew on the diagonal line.

Trim the fabric ¼” away from the seam and press the seam open. Repeat this step everywhere a seam was made.

Trim strips ¼” away from the seam and press the seam open.

Press the full length of all the strips to prepare them for tomorrow’s post. At that time, I’ll demonstrate how easy it is to use the Clover fabric tube maker.

Clover Fabric Tube maker

Get those strips ready because tomorrow the fun begins. It’s unbelievable how easy this project is using Bosal and Clover products.

This is part 1 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 2: Easy-to-use fabric tube maker helps make a fantastic floor mat [tutorial]

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