Puppy Placemat

Posted by SaraP on Monday, June 18th, 2012

Puppy Park Placemat and Party Collar

Hello!  I am Sara from over at Porcupine Quilts.  I am super excited to be back again on Cutting Corners University.  Today I am bringing you a tutorial for a little placemat to use under your dog's bowl to catch all those drips and spills.  You could also use it to cover your car seat if you have a traveling pup, or on top of their favorite chair.  It makes a great gift for any dog lover in your life.

Read all instructions through at least one time to get an idea of where you are going.  Use ¼ seam allowance unless noted otherwise.  

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Sample uses the Puppy Park line by Bella Blvd for Riley Blake.  Woof woof!


  • 6 assorted fat quarters, ¼ yard cuts…or just any large scraps you have around.  These will be used for piecing the background, bone appliqué, and a scrappy back.
  • 1/3 yards for binding and lettering on bone
  • ¼ yard lightweight fusible webbing
  • Batting, large scrap piece approx 21 x 15.

I had to take a picture of this...the Puppy Park line has little dog bowls in the selvage for the coordinating color spots!

How cute is that? 



Step 1 – Cutting:  refer to picture to determine which of your fabrics you will use for each number and cut accordingly.

  • Fabric #1 & #8 – cut one 3 ½ x 5 ½ inch rectangle (#1) AND one 9 ½ by 3 ½ inch rectangle (#8).
  • Fabric #2 – cut one 3 ½ x 5 ½ inch rectangle (#2)
  • Fabric #3 & #5 – cut one 6 ½ by 7 ½ inch rectangle (#3) AND one 4 ½ x 6 ½ inch rectangle (#5)
  • Fabric #4 & #6 – cut one 3 ½ x 12 ½ inch rectangle (#4) AND one 5 ½ by 6 ½ inch rectangle (#6)
  • Fabric #7 – cut one 9 ½ and 3 ½ inch rectangle (#7)

NOTE:  If you prefer not to piece the background, you could cut one large 18” x 12” rectangle and skip Step 2.

Step 2 – Making Pieced Background

Referring to the picture, lay out your fabric pieces as shown.  Press all seams towards the darker fabric. 

With right sides together,

  1. Sew Piece #1 to Piece #2 along the long edge.   
  2. Sew the bottom of the above “1,2” unit to the top of Piece #3.
  3. Sew the “1,2,3” unit to the long feft edge of Piece #4.
  4. Sew Piece #5 to Piece #6 along vertical edge.
  5. Sew Piece #7 to Piece #8 along horizontal edge.
  6. Sew the bottom of the “5,6” unit from  to the top of the “7,8” unit.
  7. Sew the "5,6,7,8" unit to the long right edge of Piece #4.

STEP 3:  Bone Appliqué  

Using this template, trace the bone onto to the smooth side your fusible web.  Cut around fusible webbing about ¼ inch outside of traced line.  Fuse bone template to the wrong side of bone fabric according to manufacturer instructions.  Cut out fabric on line and remove paper backing. 


Place appliqué bone piece on the right side of pieced background with top facing up.  Once desired position is achieved, use iron to fuse bone in place.  Stitch around appliqué as desired.  I used a machine blanket stitch, but you could whip stitch it by hand, or a machine zig zag or straight stitch would work as well.   

If you wish to add your dog’s name, simply trace out some block lettering onto the smooth side of fusible webbing.  MAKE SURE TO REVERSE LETTERING.  Iron traced letters onto the wrong side of lettering fabric and cut on line.  Fuse the cut letters on to your bone appliqué as desired.  Again, you can stitch around them with your preferred method, or leave them with a raw edge. 

STEP 4:  Binding and Quilting  

I used my left over scraps to make a pieced backing.  You will need to make a square approx 21 x 15.


Layer your top, quilt batting, and backing fabric as you would a quilt.  Pin, baste or use spray adhesive to hold in place.  I lightly quilted mine by sewing about a ¼ inch around the bone appliqué, and then ¼ to the outside of one side of each seam. 

Prepare your binding by cutting two 2 ¼ width of fabric inch strips.  Sew together to make one large strip.  Fold long strip in half wrong sides together and press.  Attach binding to quilt and then whip stitch it in place on the back.

You are done!  Stick your new mat under a dog bowl near you…or any place a small dog likes to curl up!


Party Collar!

Use strips of fabric to dress up any dog collar.  We put them on to dress them up for holidays, parties, Superbowl – whatever!  Our dog London used to LOVE it when she had a party collar on…it was hilarious to watch her prance around, she knew she was cute!

Here is how to do it:

To determine what size to cut your fabric, take your dog’s collar and measure the width.  You will to cut a strip of fabric that is:

2 x the width of the widest part of your collar + ½ inch for seam allowance + ¾ inch for depth of collar hardware = WIDTH OF STRIP

My collar measured 1 ½ inches wide (a large collar).  So, I cut my strip 4 ¼ inch wide. 

I added 4 inches to the length.  The longer you cut your strip, more gather it will have when on your dog.  If you want it to lay flat, measure it to the length of the inside of the color (minus hardware), and add 1 inch to account for hem.

Once you have your strip cut,  you will need to finish the edges.  To make a little hem, turn the ends under (wrong sides together)  ¼ inch and press.  Turn pressed seam in an additional ¼ inch to hide the raw edge.  Top stitch across hem.  Do this on both sides of strip.

When the ends are hemmed, fold strip in half with right sides together.  Sew long sides together to make a long tube.  Turn tube right side out.

Slip your collar into the tube and there you have it!  A party collar.  Make one for every occasion. 


Here is Willy modeling his new collar.  Getting a dog to model is trickier then it appears, so I had to try and bribe him with peanut butter covered crackers!   


Categories: Quilts, Home Decor


  1. I just love this! Our dog "Trouble", part catahoula part blue healer totally deserves his own special mat! Thank you so much for sharing! Sandy in So. Cali.
    by Sandy
    July 13th, 2012 at 5:14 p.m.
  2. Ditto for our sweetiepie, Bullet. Thank you for this tutorial.
    by Carolyn
    July 17th, 2012 at 9:50 a.m.
  3. I have scraps from bandanas my 3 greyhounds have gotten when they get bathed. I could use those scraps. Thanks for this greyt idea :)
    by Sharron
    November 13th, 2012 at 6:12 a.m.
  4. Thank you for this tutorial.What a lovely idea for a few of the scraps I have.
    by Pam
    March 05th, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.

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