Create a nap mat for your toddler from some foam padding and add a built-in pillow and blanket so they will never get lost again. You can make the nap mat an environmentally friendly project by using old sheets and other linens from around the home to cover the mat then cut up an old fleece or flannel blanket to make a blanket to attach to the mat.
Things You'll Need
- 1-inch-thick foam padding
- 3 Yards fabric of your choice
- Sewing machine
- Polyester filling or cotton batting
- Flannel or fleece fabric
- Sewing needle
Lay a piece of 1-inch foam padding on a clean, flat surface. Cut the foam to a measurement of 20 inches by 44 inches.
Cut a fabric covering for the mat. Make the fabric 23 inches wide by 91 inches long.
Fold the fabric in half to make a 23-by-45 1/2-inch shape. Fold the fabric with the right sides in. Sew a running stitch along the sides to the left and right of the fold. Use a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
Flip the fabric through the remaining open end to turn it right side out and slide the foam padding into the open end.
Cut a 19-inch by 22-inch piece of coordinating fabric for the pillow. Fold the fabric in half to make it 19 inches by 11 inches. Sew along the long edge and one short end and turn the fabric right side out. Stuff the rectangle with polyester filling or cotton batting, fold the open edges inward and sew it closed.
Lay the pillow on the fabric covering, near the open end of the fabric. Hand sew the pillow to the covering.
Fold 1/2-inch of fabric inward along the open edge and sew it closed.
Cut a 22-inch by 40-inch piece of flannel or fleece fabric for the blanket. You can use a different fabric if you prefer.
Fold 1/2-inch over along each edge and sew a straight stitch to lay the folds flat.
Fold over 1-inch of fabric along one long edge and 1-inch along one short end. Align this long edge of the blanket with one long edge of the nap mat. The folded short end of the blanket should be aligned with the bottom of the nap mat. Hand sew a straight stitch through the folded piece of the blanket and into the fabric covering for the nap mat along the side and bottom of the blanket.
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