We moved our pets’ water dish to the kitchen a few years ago. This is convenient for refilling (especially since Pico is like the kid in Signs who always has to have new water, even if it was filled 5 minutes earlier); however, there are problems having it in the kitchen because it will accidentally get kicked every once in a while. In the past, we had set the water dish on top of a kitchen towel to soak up any water that may spill; but when we had our unexpected kitchen remodel earlier this year, I wanted to make one that went better with the new decor. So I made my own.
DIY Waterproof Pet Water Dish Mat
This mat is so easy to make! It only takes a couple pieces of fabric and less than 30 minutes. The key to making this waterproof is to use PUL fabric. this is the same type of fabric that is used in cloth diapers, wet bags, and reusable sandwich bags. One side has a solid color (or fun design) and the back is coated with a plastic type material to make it waterproof.
The top of this mat is a simple cotton in a grey and white trellis pattern. I used some green/red/blue plaid PUL fabric because I had a remnant left over from a previous project that was the perfect size for this mat. The PUL doesn’t 100% go with my new kitchen color scheme; but that is OK since it is the backside.
To make this mat; I cut each piece of fabric in an 18″ square and then pinned them right sides together. Sew around the edges, leaving approximately 3″ opening. Clip the corners and flip the fabric right-side out. Sew along the edge again, making sure to close the opening. See, it really is super easy to make!
I love how this turned out. It looks a lot more stylish than the dish towel and still serves the same purpose. Plus, when it starts to get dirty, I can simply throw it in the washer (with 4 furry animals, it has collected a bit of fur over time). How do you protect your floors from the pet water dish?
Kathy E. says
This is the project I need to make! My Sophie is a dribbler when it comes to drinking her water and always leaves the wood flooring wet. Not a good thing for wood floors! Now I have a good excuse to shop the fabric store…for some PLU! Thanks!
This is a must do project. I have a 110 best buddy who lives indoors, so he needs a big mat for his food dishes.
Currently I keep various different dollar store mats under his dish, but they are much more practical than pretty.
I had not heard of Pul fabric I will need to look into it.
Thank you for the tip.
Good idea. Right now I am using a clear plastic placemat but I like that you can make a mat that will coordinate with the kitchen. Pinning.
Katy SkipTHEBag says
Sadly we purchased one in the shape of a dogbone. This would be much cuter! Posts like this would be great for the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop: http://www.skipthebag.com/2016/08/waste-less-wednesday-blog-hop-3.html Thanks!
I love that! I just have some boring paper towels under our dogs dish. This would look so much better! :) Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
I love PUL fabric and still have a variety of scraps. May need to update our dogs dish mat. Visiting from Think Tank Thursday party.
What a great way to keep the floor dry. Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party. – Emily
Theresa @DearCreatives says
I need to make a few for our pets. Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party @DearCreatives Pinned & shared.
angie church says
looks like a great way to keep all neat and clean and still give our pets the care they need
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