Love this simple home made craft. It is designed so that the feeder of a greedy dog sprinkles biscuits/kibble/dry food on the mat giving the dog a challenge to find and retrieve the food.
Simply made with an inexpensive sink mat (mine Addis 30 cm approx square) with lots of drainage holes in it. Spend 20 minutes cutting a metre of fleece into 2.5 x 10 cm ish strips. Then sit in front of the tv knotting the fleece through the holes. Thread a strip up and down through adjacent holes and tie a single, simple knot to secure each strip until every hole is filled.
I used a thick fleece so stopped when the back looked like this. I finished by threading and stitching a 20 cm strip of fleece through a corner hole to make a hanger. This mat is washable and easy to make.
Maybe not the most flattering hat but certainly one of the warmest.
made from fleece – that ikea throw seems never ending
loads of tutorials you can follow but it is a simple sew:
essentially draw your pattern as a rectangle with the long side measuring the circumference of the wearers head and the short side being half of the distance measured ear to ear ( plus brim and whatever length of fringe you want)
add seam allowances to long and short sides before cutting a double layer of fleece. I chose to have inner and outer the same fleece but contrast works well
cut the fringe to your chosen length along one long side then sew the other long side together
sew all the short sides together, stop just short of the fringe, to form a tube then turn inside out so the seams are hidden
do a decorative top stitch around the non fringed long side, bear in mind that this is on the brim so the bobbin side of your top stitch will be on display
turn the brim up and stand the hat on a table
gather the fringe in a bunch in your hand as though about to form it in a pony tail and tie a thin off cut of fleece around the bunch. Trim the off cut so it blends into the bunch
but when trimming a piece of ikea fleece to protect the dog’s new favourite snooze seat, the wavy edge made a simple rectangle just that bit smarter – and it cut the fleece like butter and better than with scissors