Call me ambitious… call me crazy… call me pregnant. I added yet ANOTHER crafted item to my list of things to do or make before Baby comes. Since Ryder is no longer sleeping in a crib, I wanted to give him a cozy place to lay his little head when we travel. A quick online search brought me to this beautiful tutorial by Jenny Garland. And true to form, I just couldn’t follow it step-by-step… so the following instructions are a hybrid of Jenny’s suggestions and what I actually did:
~ 1 2/3 yards cotton fabric… this will cover the front, back, and pillow portions of the mat. I happened to find two coordinating fabrics that couldn’t live without each other. I got two yards of each because I wanted extra for other projects.
~ 2 yards minky dot (or some other cozy fabric) to make the attached blanket
~ 25″ cotton or nylon belt webbing (like the strap on a backpack)… Jenny calls for elastic, it doesn’t make sense to me to have the carrying handle stretch out.
~ approx. 55″ velcro (I prefer the kind that is NOT self-adhesive because the glue gums up my machine)… Jenny suggests only 40″ of velcro, but I added some to the pillow portion, and substituted button closures for velcro.
~ 1 small pillow form (mine was 12 x 16″)… Jenny simply sewed a “pocket” for the pillow and stuffed it with fiberfill. I wanted to be able to remove the pillow for washing.
~ 1 piece of 1″ thick foam… Jenny suggests 20 x 40″ but I ended up having to cut mine down to about 19 x 37″ to get it into the cover.
Now the fun begins…
First, cut two 36” squares from the minky fabric. Sew right sides together, leaving an opening to turn. Turn right side out. Topstitch around the blanket… I usually use a zig zag when I topstitch. (I LOVE blankets, and wanted mine to be a bit bigger. I added two inches, making it 38″ square. This got me into a bit of trouble because I ran out of fabric. Never fear! I simply cut a small strip to make up the difference, and sewed it on. Definitely recommend following the 36″ suggestion.) 🙂
Cut two 13 1/2 x 17 1/2″ rectangles for the pillow (one rectangle from each fabric pattern if you’re using two)