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At the end of every production cycle, there’s bound to be a bunch of fabric scraps leftover. Because part of my design philosophy is to create less waste, I find this part challenging. I’m always looking for ways to use the scrap fabric. I’ve come up with a few good options – like cutting strategically so the remainder is big enough to use for accessories – but the hunt is always on for crafty ways to use the extra bits.  For this DIY, I’ve used scraps left over from my Shibori Tie Dye Collection.  The variations in tone create a beautiful variegated look.

The act of crafting is always entertaining, however the most satisfying DIY projects to me are the ones that are cute AND functional. That’s why the idea of turning some jersey scraps into a coil mat is so attractive. This DIY requires minimal tools and as long as you can braid, you can complete this project. To see more, click the Read More link.

For starters, you’ll need:

  • a dozen safety pins
  • scissors
  • several pieces of scrap fabric (I used jersey, but you can use whatever fabric you like. The larger your project, the more fabric you’ll need)
  • a sewing needle
  • thread that matches your fabric scraps
  • a sewing machine (optional)

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1. With your scissors, cut 3/4″ strips of fabric. Mine were approximately 24″ long. You will be braiding these strips together as the building blocks of your mat. For each braid, you need 3 strips of fabric. I wanted 7 braids, so I cut 21 strips.

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2. Stretch the jersey strips so they roll under at the edges. If you’re not using a stretchy knit, you can skip this step.

The reason I used jersey was because you don’t see the raw edge after you stretch it. Woven fabrics work as well, but you’ll be able to see the raw edges.

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3. Secure the ends of 3 strips together with a quick straight stitch on the sewing machine. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can do this step by hand-stitching the ends together.

4. Braid the strips together and prevent the ends from unraveling by securing it with a safety pin.

Repeat this step for all strips.

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5. Now you’re going to start ‘building’ the mat. Fold under the sewn end of your first braid and stitch it in place. Begin to coil the braid, hand-stitching the braid to itself as you go around.

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6. When your first braid runs out, you need to integrate the next one. Remove the safety pin from the loose end of the braid and fold the end under itself. Hand-stitch to secure in place. Place the sewn end of the second braid under the bit you’ve just secured and stitch it to the back side of the coil. This part isn’t an exact science. Just aim to cover any loose portions of the braid. This will make the transition between braids less noticeable.

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Here’s what the front of this transitional spot looks like:

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7. You’re almost done! When you reach the end of the last braid, keep it flat and stitch it to the back side of the coil. The goal is to make it look like the braid fades down to nothing at the outermost edge.

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There you have it, your coil mat is complete. I made mine the right size to fit the seat of a vintage wooden chair. Cozy!

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You can also play around and make different sizes. This method works exceptionally well for creating coasters, trivets and even full size rugs. If you want to make a trivet or coaster, just make sure the fabric you’re using can withstand the heat. Other than that, let your imagination run wild, and if you try this DIY let us know in the comments!


More DIY ideas from STUDIO 403

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