I LOVE my Kitchenaide mixer. I don’t love that it’s so heavy! So I came up with a fix that is inexpensive and easy to make. A simple mat to sit your mixer on that slides smoothly across your counter. Yes…it does get dirty but they are so easy to construct that you could make two in no time.
This mat is made out of a dollar store bandana and a bit of old quilt batting. The reason I chose the bandana is because that’s what I had on hand. You could use ANYTHING! The batting could easily be replaced with a few layers of old t-shirt, an old towel or maybe a chunk of old blanket. The point is, as my Mom always said, “Necessity is the mother of all invention.”.
I made this some time ago and didn’t think to take pictures of the process but don’t worry. It’s easy.
- Fold the edges in about a quarter inch and press with an iron.
- Fold the bandana in half and press again. Pay special attention to lining up your edges.
- Cut the batting about a quarter inch less than the width and length of the bandana folded in half.
- Place the batting inside the bandana and pin the edges to sew.
- Sew along the all four edges. Try to get as close to the edge as possible.
- Sew (I hand sewed) anything you like to quilt to mat. I sewed around the basic shapes but you could do circles or letters or just here and there. What ever you fancy.
As you can tell my mat is well used. It gets tugged all over. I love it!
I like to keep my mixer equipment together. It’s just easier and more efficient. Line the bowl with a clean tea towel so you don’t scratch it. Put your attachments and the loosely coiled cord inside the bowl and fold the towel in over it. Voila! Dust free and you know where it is.
I just couldn’t resist sharing my favorite tea towel. I love this owl!