I haven't had much luck with floor mats in the kitchen. I have had a few woven mats that got too dirty (Skye peed on one of them) and they weren't washable. I temporarily resorted to using old sweatpants and pyjamas, but they weren't the most aesthetically pleasing!
Naturally the easiest solution was to make my own. I wanted it to be made of fabric so that it would be washable, and for it to be sturdy but mobile enough to be moved around.
It's a very simple project, but here's a tutorial anyway!
Thick cotton fabric e.g. canvas
What to do:
1. Cut two pieces of fabric, each measuring 18 inches by 32 inches. (You may adjust this according to the desired final size of your mat).
2. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together (line up the pattern on both pieces if required) and sew along three edges.
3. Sew along the final edge, leaving a gap in the middle.
4. Clip the corners to prevent bulky edges afterwards.
5. Turn the mat right side out using the gap. Use something long like a pen or chopstick to push out the corners.
6. Fold the fabric from the gap in and iron it down.
7. Topstitch all around the mat using a small seam allowance. Iron.
I love that I can move it, wash it and iron it, plus, it's reversible! Even so, I'm not letting Skye anywhere near it for now!