Fringed Bath Mat: A Fun and Functional Project

fringed bath matI think there must be a giant invisible poodle living in my house.  It is disguised as a teenage girl and she is tiny, with small hands and feet not even 75 pounds and yet, but when she comes out of the bathroom there is a Dracula cloud that follows her.  When the steam disperses, it reveals an unimaginable mess left behind.  I wonder “in horror” how the ceiling, all the walls, toilet paper and every square inch of the bathroom floor could possible get wet?  There's got to be a giant poodle somewhere, just shaking water absolutely everywhere which is my only explanation.

fringed bath mat

The thing that really gets me though, is the wet floor.  Not only can it be dangerous, but who enjoys walking around with wet socks?  No store-bought bath mat is big enough for this mess, so I have decided to make my own.  It is large and easy to dry, but attractive to change what otherwise is a boring looking bathroom.  I live in a rented apartment, so there is not much I can do to change the color of the tiles, but I think this fringed bath mat will make me happy to not have to hide the bathroom when guests come over.  It will also help keep the floor dry and safe for all.

fringed bath mat

This bath mat uses canvas fabric for strength, non-slip and easy drying along with cotton cord threaded through the mat for extra strength and texture.  The mat has an attractive shaggy fringe.  It was a lot of fun to make and is really functional and attractive.  There's also a fair bit of sewing to do, so it is good practice for the beginners.

fringed bath mat


See tutorial instructions on next page.

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20 Responses to Fringed Bath Mat: A Fun and Functional Project

  1. Thank you for your incredibly detailed instructions! I share a Jack and Jill bath with my 12 yo granddaughter and am tempted to try this darling mat. If I do, I’ll share a picture.

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  3. Linda Southworth says:

    Mayra, I love this rug! The cording really makes this look so good AND functional. I am thinking of trying this cutting it larger than needed maybe 3 inches more on each side. When the cord feed is finished sew all 4 sides closed then cut the three layers of canvas( your 3 inches on the outer edges) into 1/2 inch strips and wash like you would a rag quilt. Do you think this would look ok? I realize its canvas so maybe the fraying would not be the same.

  4. Janet says:

    What a great way to redecorate a bathroom any time I want to, thanks for the tutorial, time to make a few rugs =)

  5. Mary Lyle says:

    To thread the cord tape it onto the end of a piece of down or chop stick. It slides through really easily

  6. liz n. says:

    Made something similar with canvas and poly-cotton blend batting, using upholstery thread to quilt the sandwich, and bound with coordinating canvas. No fringe, though, as the dear husband always trips over fringed rugs. Absorbs water but dries quickly, doesn’t slide around, and is completely machine washable!

  7. Samone says:

    This is fantastic! I am wanting cotton rugs. They are typically expensive. This is excellent. Very creative!!! Thank you for posting!

  8. Adelheid says:

    Instead of feeding the cord with the needle, would it be possible to use a binding/beading foot?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I all depends how think is your cord, and if it fits in your binding/beading foot, this will be a very good alternative. Let me know how you go!

  9. Annie says:

    Great idea! One question: how you do clean it? It is machine washable, dryable? Thanks for this wonderful project!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Annie, yes, absolutely it is machine washable and dryable. Probably best to use cold water. Best of luck with it and kind regards.

  10. Leslie Entsminger says:

    This is genius!!

  11. Crystalized Designs says:

    Great post, thank you for the tutorial!

  12. Barbara Showerman says:

    A really GREAT blog! Thanks for the wonderful rug making tips…

  13. Natalie says:

    This is a great idea! I, too, have a teenager (only mine is a boy) who leaves the bathroom looking like a water park! This is definitely going to be next weekend’s project.

  14. Carolyn Bradley says:

    This is beautiful, and very functional. With the cording I wonder if you could use a zipper foot and sew it in as you go?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes absolutely, I tried this and found it nearly impossible to make a straight line, I suggest you draw the lines first then sew. Happy Sewing!

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