Ever since Jacinda posted her DIY Nap Mat Tutorial I’ve been sooo excited to make one for little Scarlet. So when my mom took her for the day, I got to work.
The only change I made was to make the pillow insert removable by creating an envelope flap. This is by far and away Scarlet’s most favorite thing I have ever made for her.
I’ll give you the measurements and details on the envelope flap and more pics of my DIY Nap Mat Part 2 after the jump…
And remember this week’s favorite commenter gets to pick some pom pom trim from Jacinda’s holiday stash!
DIY Nap Mat / Bed Roll Part 2
So I made mine with Heather Ross Far Far Away Sleeping Beauty in Plum which I thought was so appropriate for a nap mat! The plum is sold out but Fabricworm still has the natural, green, and my fav, gold. The pink side is Heather Ross Far Far Away Roses in plum (same as I used for the Wine Bag Tutorial), which Fabricworm also still has in gold (and it’s on sale!) – I love the idea of a gold nap mat!
So instead of two 2′X6′ panels, I created an envelope pillowcase separately. I started by sewing a pillow insert as per Jacinda’s instructions, making it 1′X2′. Then for the body of the nap mat I used two pieces of fabric 2′ X 5′ (i actually had to piece together a few pieces of fabric to create two panels 2′X5′ but it worked out well, because I just sewed my quilting lines along the piecing lines and you can’t even tell). Then for the pillow front I used one piece 1′ 1/2″ wide. I laid it right sides facing across the top of my mat base and sewed it on so the top panel is now 2′X6′. For the pillow back I cut two pieces 1.5′ wide by 1′ 1/2″ tall, then I overlapped them and basted them together to creae a panel 1′X2′, laid it against the back of the mat right sides facing and sewed it on to create a 2′X6′ panel. Then I proceeded with Jacinda’s tutorial.
One other thing I noticed is that my nap mat is not quite squishy enough. I used 6 layers of low loft batting (one quilt batting package in full size). Next time I will use mid or maybe even high loft, just so it’s a little cushier.
Also, I didn’t have enough of the pink fabric, so I did the pillow front in purple, and I like the contrast. Oh, and I should mention that all of these pics were taken after about 50 trips through the washing machine (potty training) and the nap mat has held up great!
One other change I made was not to attach a blanket. This was only because my daughter will only sleep with one ratty blanket that she has had since she was born. This was a great project, the only problem being that now my daughter insists on sleeping on it every single night. It doesn’t matter what I do or where I hide it, she will come out in the middle of the night, climb on things, find it, unroll it, and sleep right there. But whatever, it’s pretty cute?
Now, this was some fancy fabric, but I wanted to tell you I am working on one from an old sheet for Scarlet’s best friend and it’s turning out super cute as well, so I say make one out of anything you can grab!