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Date: 7/20/13 9:55 AM

I recently spent a week at a lovely lake house.
The kitchen was extremely well outfitted and they had a couple of kitchen dish drying mats next to the sink and the d/w. I'd never seen these before.
Similar to this, only somewhat larger.
It was made up of microfiber on one side with terry on the other side and some sort of foam filler in the middle.
They were amazingly useful and I wanted to make up a couple but I'm wondering where to find the right fabrics and filler.
Any suggestions?

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Date: 7/20/13 11:12 AM

I have no idea! I have one from BB&B that works really well. Some type of microfiber cover and a foam interior. But I have no idea what type of foam is in the interior.

Cotton quilt batting might work, although I don't know if it would be as effective as the foam they use for letting the air move. But it would at least be easily available.

This is one of those things that for the price, I just buy. I know, where's the fun in that!

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Date: 7/20/13 11:42 AM

I wouldn't recommend cotton batting for the filling. Cotton releases moisture much more slowly than it absorbs it, and that can result in that lovely musty smell or even mold. I have several knit and crocheted dish cloths of cotton yarn and that smell is a problem unless we hang them, well spread out, after each use. The compact batting, I think, would be even worse.

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Date: 7/20/13 1:16 PM

How about NuFoam for the filler?

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Date: 7/20/13 1:31 PM

That looks good but I missed that it's two inches thick; it needs to be more like ". Maybe regular poly fleece batting would work?





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Date: 7/20/13 5:12 PM

Good point on the cotton matting keeping moisture in.

Batting in general is designed to insulate, vs allow air flow, so I'm not sure it is a good choice.

NuFoam does make a 1/2" thick version, which might work for you, presuming you can get a reasonably sized piece. However, it looks like the per yard price is more than buying the finished product.

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Date: 7/21/13 7:00 AM

I have 3 of the mats from BB&B. I purchased each with the 20% coupon. For me, buying them was much easier and economical than trying to make them. I love them and use them constantly. They hold up in the laundry and dry beautifully. Unless you are going into production making them, what is the point? Just saying.

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Date: 7/21/13 8:41 AM

I understand you point about the cost and efficiency factors. It just looked like it could be a fun project; something I could whip up quickly and make a few for myself and others and be able to choose my own colors. I wouldn't be doing it to save money.
Sadly, though, it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

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Date: 7/21/13 8:58 AM

Hmmmm, interesting.
It would have to be absorbent and, like the NU-Foam, resist mildew and such... On the Amazon link the description says ' Made of 100% polyester, 14 x 21 inch mat acts as a cushion to protect delicate dishes & stemware. '

Maybe keep an eye out for remnants of foam stuffs, see how different things hold up, absorb etc... It's a very nice and useful idea for scraps. I have some inexpensive foam-like wadding (the shop called it that) which is quite thin, maybe 1/4" ... I'll wet it and see how it absorbs...

Update:
I cut a small square of my wadding and wet it with about 1/4 mug of water. While flat on the counter the water stays in the foam. If I lift it the water runs out, when I place it on the puddle it takes the water back into itself again. If anyone was watching me repeating this experiment they would be shaking their heads.
Then I added a microfibre cloth, just laid it on top which didn't do much for the experiment but was stable enough for my wineglass to be put on... and then put it under the wadding. It stayed dry (same water throughout). After a few minutes, maybe 10 or so, everything is dry, micro cloth and wadding. I'm not sure how long the wadding would last... though being sandwiched might help.

@lgrande, I have no idea what this stuff is, but it's nothing special and was cheap. It was all they had in the shop when I asked for batting and they didn't know what I meant! But if you want to PM me (I can't PM anyone) I'd gladly send you some to try out and/or carry around for comparison if you thought it worked. It's a cool idea, I like it :)



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Date: 7/21/13 9:22 AM

Maybe headliner or Soft and Stable?
Soft and stable

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