This welcome-Christmas floor mat can work at home all winter long and lie around at the cottage during the summer.
Wool felt or duffle cloth as follows:
Burgundy rectangle, 101.5 x 76 cm (40 x 30 in), for mat
2 green strips, each 101.5 x 6.5 cm (40 x 2 1/2 in) and 2 green strips, each 76 x 6.5 cm (30 x 2 1/2 in), for border
White rectangle, 61 x 25.5 cm (24 x 10 in), for trees
Pencil and rectangle of paper-backed fusible interfacing, 61 x 25.5 cm (optional)
Dressmaker's chalk pencil
1. With pinking shears, trim 1 long edge of each strip. Having untrimmed edges to inside and cutting mitred corners as you work, pin appropriate-length strip to right side of mat along each edge; machine-zigzag inside edges and along each mitre.
2. See instructions (below) to enlarge tree pattern.
3. Fuse interfacing to wrong side of white felt. With pencil, trace 6 trees onto backing; with pinking shears, cut out. Peel off backing and arrange as desired on right side of mat; fuse in place. (Or, if desired, omit Step 3; trace trees directly onto felt, cut out, arrange and machine-zigzag in place.)
Download a printable pdf of the tree pattern by clicking here.
Enlarging patterns and motifs
On brown paper, draw grid of horizontal and vertical lines 2.5 cm (1 in) apart. Each square on pattern grid equals a 2.5 cm square on paper. Draw each pattern line onto corresponding square on paper. Transfer any markings. (Seam allowance is included, if necessary.)