My friend Cal asked if I made nap mat covers. She isn't the 1st friend to ask if I could make them but before, I didn't have time to bust out the sewing machine before but now I do so I decided to strike Cal a deal. I told her if she bought the materials, I would make the cover so long as I could keep the scrap material.
There were a couple of requirements...
1) It had to have dogs on it.
2) The material could not be dark blue, blue or brown (this was going to be the hard part b/c if you have ever been in a fabric store, you know that most dog print stuff if very masculine).
3) It had to have somewhere to put a pillow.
Hmmm. Where to start? I searched the internet & found a tutorial but I'm not a reader when it comes to instructions. I'm totally visual. I called my only friend that would have purchased a nap mat & asked if I could borrow hers. Thank God! Now, her nap mat cover is super cute but the sewing sucked so I knew I could do better & I think I did.
Don't get me wrong. I had to rip a few seams to get it just right & sure, the stitching isn't perfect but I think I did a fairly good job for being a 1st timer. Now, looking back at the borrowed cover, I understand why she took the "shortcuts" in sewing b/c the way I did it wasn't easy but man, it looks A LOT cleaner.
Here is the finished product! I folded the "blanket" in half (it is quite big, twice as big as the actual cover so it will be about 40" wide). The bottom is closed by velcro so the mat won't slip out.
This is the top half w/ the attached pillowcase. I also made the pillow inside the pillowcase.
A close up of the print I found. It is flannel so it will be snuggly.
This is how it will look rolled up. I also made a handle for easy carrying.
I'm not even sure what I will charge for one of these. I need more practice so if you need a nap mat & are willing to pay for material & shipping, I'll make one for you! No extra charge. I'll make 4 so if this is something you are looking at doing, please contact me asap @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!