Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nap Mat Cover ~ My newest sewing project!

Pin It 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 @ Thanks!


Anonymous said...

cute! I have a suggestion, as a preschool teacher of 4 year olds, is there a way to keep the whole thing together instead of the ties...maybe velcro. I was thinking having to tie the bows is time consuming at preschool.

Love the attached pillow. love your blog too. Your children are too sweet.
Trudy- Mom of 2+TWINS

Surviving Triplets said...

Interesting suggestion. Not sure how I could accomplish that. I'm not sure I could get the velcro in the right place w/o making the pillow uncomfortable. I could put velcro at the end of the ribbon. Would that be easier?

Andrea said...

when trudy suggested the velcro i was thinking that it would probably be best at the end of the ribbon. just pull that ribbon around and stick it closed! (having had the "pleasure" of putting up MANY napmats in my daycare tenure...anything that expedites the process is definitely welcomed) =)

Surviving Triplets said...

I completely appreciate the suggestion & may try to incorporate it the next go around. Definitely sounds easier!

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