Call me ambitious… call me crazy… call me pregnant. Â I added yet ANOTHER crafted item to my list of things to do or make before Baby comes. Â 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. Â A quick online search brought me to this beautiful tutorial by Jenny Garland. Â 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. Â I happened to find two coordinating fabrics that couldn’t live without each other. Â 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. Â 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 twoÂ 36â€ squares from the minky fabric. Sew right sides together, leaving an opening to turn. Â Turn right side out. Â Topstitch around the blanket… I usually use a zig zag when I topstitch. Â (I LOVE blankets, and wanted mine to be a bit bigger. Â I added two inches, making it 38″ square. Â This got me into a bit of trouble because I ran out of fabric. Â Never fear! Â I simply cut a small strip to make up the difference, and sewed it on. Â Definitely recommend following the 36″ suggestion.) Â 🙂
Cut two 13 1/2 x 17 1/2″ rectangles for the pillow (one rectangle from each fabric pattern if you’re using two)