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Thursday, August 5, 2010

DIY Nap Mat/Bed Roll

My little baby Clare is off to pre-school this Fall and now she will be all ready with a brand new mommy-made nap mat. But will I be ready? I'm already making up excuses for why she should maybe stay home. I'm out of my mind, right? Anyway, nap mat, so cozy, want one for me, for napping, while daughter is at school. Ok, I'm back on board.

Click here to get the full Nap Mat DIY.

And don't forget, any awesome comment you leave this week might win you that sweet wool-blend felt up there in the corner. 

Gather your materials!
• 2 yards pre-washed fabric for Mat. You want to end up with 2 - 2' x 6' pieces. I used Patty Young Knits for Michael Miller in Scandi Chirp which was wider than quilting cotton so I was able to just fold it in half. If you use quilting cotton you may need 4 yards, 2 yards for each side.
I was a little worried about using a knit for this but it ended up being sewing perfection! You can also use corduroy etc.
• 36" x 40" of pre-washed fleece (or similar blanket-like fabric) Both sides will show.
• 9 yards - 1/2" double fold bias tape.
• Quilt Batting-mid-loft. I used a queen-size that folded nicely to 6 layers of 2'x5'. This seemed to be the max my machine would handle but still enough cushion.
• 2 - 1'x2' pre-washed muslin or cotton for pillow insert. (I like to use inexpensive sheets for this.)
• Poly-fill for pillow stuffing
• 32" - 1 1/2" Belting/Webbing. I used cotton but poly would work.
• 3" - 1" wide velcro
• Masking tape

1. With your blanket fleece vertical. Round the top right and bottom right corners.

2. Starting on the top left corner of your blanket fleece, start pinning the wider edge of the open bias tape to the fabric with the outside edges aligned. I know my pins are backwards, I'm a lefty. : ) Apply bias tape to the top, right and bottom of the blanket. The left side is left unfinished.

3. Sew all the way around the 3 bias taped sides of blanket, just to the outside of the outer crease.

4. Fold Bias tape up over edge and (on "back" side) sew through all layers, just inside the edge.

Set blanket aside.

5. Lay one layer of your mat fabric right-side down. Position the batting on top with left, right and bottom aligned with fabric. It's ok if your batting is a little larger than your fabric, but it shouldn't be smaller. Lay your top fabric on top right-side-up. Your pillow will end up where there is no batting (see below.) Make sure your fabric pattern is facing the correct way, top and bottom.

6. Pin through all layers, all the way around edge.

7. Measure 8" from the bottom on left and right side and mark at the very edge.

8. Using a ruler, tape from one mark straight across to the other side.

9. Now for the true test of your sewing machine. Sew a straight stitch along the edge of the tape at your marks. I used my machines longest stitch (5). I won't lie, this was pretty cumbersome and my fabric pinched a few times but the knit fabric and the busy pattern were so forgiving that I just went with it.

10. Now measure 5" up each side from the line you just sewed, mark, tape and sew. Repeat as many times as needed to get approximately 10-12" from the top, or end just before you hit the end of your batting. If you need to make your last row a bit shorter or taller, no one will notice.

Tip: When you get a few rows in, the amount of fabric that needs to fit under the arm of your sewing machine is cumbersome. I rolled it up tightly as shown below and it helped immensely.

11. Now you are left with 2 flaps of fabric at the top. (Ignore that my fabric pattern is upside-down. I'm a pregnant dummy. Your fabric pattern should be right-side-up.) Measure the height and width of the flaps from left to right and top to bottom(the first stitched line.) Mine was 24" wide by 11" tall. Add 1/2" to both measurements.

12. Now we are going to make a really down-n-dirty pillow insert. Cut 2 rectangles of basic muslin to the size above, so mine was 24.5" x 11.5". Pin together.

13. Sew all the way around with 1/4" seam, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing. Snip your corners.

14. Turn inside out and stuff firmly. Pin your opening (you can turn it in and make a neat closure but it will be completely hidden so it doesn't really matter.)

15. Sew opening closed.

Set pillow insert aside.

16. Now is a good time to trim up the stuffing even with the fabric edge.

Now we are going to add a shoulder strap.

17. Cut a length of webbing/belting the width of your mat. 24" in my case.

18. Finish the raw ends of your webbing by stitching a tight zig-zag along each end of the strap with one side of the stitch hitting over the edge of the fabric. Or an overlock stitch.

19. Decide which side is the outside of your mat. It won't really matter unless you have just realized that one side of your fabric is upside-down. Measure 15 inches up from bottom and pin strap to the very edge on both sides.

20. Through all layers, sew a square with an x in the middle, a typical reinforced strap stitch (is there a technical term for this?) Add a few backward stitches at the beginning and end to secure.

21. Starting on the front of the mat, begin pinning the bias tape just before the top left corner. The opening right below the start of the bias tape will be where you insert the pillow later.

You want to add a little tuck like this at the beginning.

22. Continue to pin along top, down right side and across bottom. Again, my pins point out because I'm a lefty.

23. For the corners, just turn the bias tape, leaving a rounded corner, you will trim the excess fabric later.

24. Just after you turn the bottom left corner, you want to add your blanket. Align the left (unfinished) edge of your blanket with the left side of your mat. The top of the blanket should hit just under the pillow pocket and the bottom edge of the blanket should be at least a few inches above the bottom edge of the mat. The blanket will be much wider than the mat.
Note: You can also see when I had to add a new strip of bias tape along the bottom edge. I used a french seam "fold" to "hook" the ends into each other. This is a picture from later in the project, don't be confused by the lack of pins and the trimmed corner.

25. Continue pinning the bias tape until you hit opening for the the pillow. Insert pillow.

26. Continue pinning bias tape, closing pillow area. When you reach the start of the bias tape. "Hook" ends of bias tape into each other with another French seam "fold."

27. Start sewing the bias tape. Keep checking that you have all of your layers aligned and that you are sewing through them all. You want to sew just outside the outer fold of the bias tape. Sew all the way around edge.

It will look like this, except your stitches wont be all wonky. Check under the bias tape all the way around and make sure you didn't miss the fabric anywhere. If you did, just sew over that section a little deeper into the bias tape.

28. Trim any edges even with the outer edge of the bias tape.

Like this.

29. Now wrap the bias tape around the edge of your mat. You can pin if you like but I found it easier not to pin so that I could keep checking that all layers were being sewn in.

30. Ideally you want to keep your bias tape flat and stitch through all layers but you might have to be flexible here and let the folds open a little to accommodate the girth of the edge. It is MORE important that all layers get securely sewn into the bias tape then keeping the bias tape flat.

You are seriously almost done! Your mat will look something like this rolled up. We just need to add Velcro closures.

31. Cut 2 - 4" lengths of webbing/belting. Finish ends the same as the strap above.

32. Sew 1 1/2" of Velcro (fuzzy loops) to under side of strap as shown. Repeat for 2nd strap.

33. Pin other end of strap (5" in from side and 2" in from bottom) at the bottom of your mat. Repeat on other side.

34. Roll mat and position other side of Velcro (scratchy hooks) on mat and pin.

35. Sew straps to mat using the same formation as the shoulder strap. For the other side, I hand-sewed them to the mat, going through only the top layer, using many small tight stitches.

And you are done! Snuggle up my friend! I think I will add a cute applique to the blanket, maybe pick up one of the sweet shapes from the fabric or do her name so none of those 3 year old hoodlums walks off with my masterpiece!

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Blogger Jacinta said...

That is fantastic!!! I love it... if I had one I'd make sure *I* got a nap every day! :)

August 5, 2010 at 4:37 AM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

this is so cute! I really need to get a sewing machine!

August 5, 2010 at 4:41 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

that is darlin'!!! what a creative mama - that's not something i think i could tackle without a lot of potty talk!

August 5, 2010 at 5:02 AM  
Blogger Two Little Bugs Handmade said...

So cute! Will try to make one for my Pre-Ker. I love the fabric too!


August 5, 2010 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger Nikki Madden said...

O, Jacinda! How can I love you and hate you at the same time?? ;-) My lil Darcy just got the "White trash BBQ" version of this nap roll ... I bought a micro plush blanket, folded it in half, sewed across 6 inches from top and stuffed with batting. Then I cut a yoga mat to size and put it in the bottom. I sewed two *receiving blankets* together for the blanket and sewed it to the side. I'm soooooo glad our girls aren't in the same class! You're amazingness puts me to shame!

August 5, 2010 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Thanks for this! I am just getting to make one for Ethan for his MDO school! Yours looks so easy.

August 5, 2010 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger casserole said...

This is GREAT! Especially for a little one going off to school (or pre-school) for the first time - a bit of snuggly mama-made goodness for their time away.

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


August 5, 2010 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger ESax said...

Thank you!!! I have been looking for a DIY for a nap mat. My very talented mother made one for my son last year but this year, I want to do it!! She put velcro up the sides to allow the travel pillow and the mat to come out and wash the cover weekly. Our school requires weekly washing and by the end of last year that velcro had gotten pretty worn out. Could you throw this whole thing in the washer?

August 5, 2010 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger lealou said...

This is so freaking cute!!!

August 5, 2010 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Curried Cupcakes said...

Adorable! This would be excellent for sleepovers.

August 5, 2010 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Are we there yet? said...

Super cute! I am going to try and make one for my niece to take to school with her! Thanks for the instructions!

August 5, 2010 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger indywriter said...

My little one needs a nap mat for Kindergarten. I plan to find out if this kind is acceptable (the fold up mats for sale in stores seem so... not rest inducing).

It looks like a simpler project than I feared it would be.

August 5, 2010 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

This is fantastic! You are my hero! My daughter needs one for the first time too & I've been putting off buying it; likely because I can't believe she's old enough to need one! I love the material you chose. I think I'll be sharing a link to this soon on

August 5, 2010 at 7:41 AM  
OpenID mommyinthemountains said...

This is awesome. I am so going to make one for my little guy! Or at least I will try. Thanks for the directions.

August 5, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Mands said...

so cute!!

August 5, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger IRWSMom said...

This is wonderful! I've been thinking about getting my daughter one for daycare. Now I have incentive to MAKE her one! Thanks!

August 5, 2010 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I hope I can make this with my limited/beginner sewing skills. Thanks to your incredibly detailed tutorial, I think I'll have no problems following along. I'll be sure to share what I've done when I'm finished (in about 50 years!) =)

August 5, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Stevee said...

Oh my gosh!! So cute!

August 5, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger lou said...

this is awesome..such a great idea!!

August 5, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Stephanie B. Cornais said...

Wow! The nap mat is awesome. I would love to make one for my daughter, who is 8 months old. Maybe by the time she is 3 and off to preschool, my sewing skills will be a level that I could actually pull off what you just made, and without hyperventilating!

August 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

I love this! It's so pretty and functional!

August 5, 2010 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Phyrflie said...

I agree i need one of these too LOL This is great. Yours turned our soo pretty :) Great job :)

August 5, 2010 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

AMAZING! Scarlet starts big girl school on monday, i will have to whip one out this weekend!!

August 5, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Teeny said...

Having 4 kids 4 and under, nap time can be a battle, this just may be the little trick I need to get them excited to "sleep" in it! What a fantastic Idea! your amazing!

August 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger saffiertje said...

this is awesome!!! Great fabric choise by the way!

August 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

OMG this is amazing!!!!! I've never been a very good sewer.... I'm thinking Nana might need to make one of these for my little one!!!

Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!!

August 5, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Rogers said...

Fantastic! I'm just getting ready to send my second off to another reader my first got the "White Trash BBQ" version..

Would love to make this, how well do you think it will hold up to a weekly washing.

August 5, 2010 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

You are brilliant. And it turned out so cute. congrats!

August 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Barbara Ann said...

finally someone who shows "left hand" pinning, sewing, etc. Nice clear instructions, and a real cute mat. Got 6 grandkid; one greatgrand son who is going to be very happy. Thank you. Barbara sprague

August 5, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

You better watch out- all those other moms and kids will be begging you to make them one! LOVE the fabric!

Same question as some of the others- what do you think about washing it??

August 5, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

This is a really cute idea!! I love the print you choose too :)

August 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Adorable! My little gal is 10 months old, so I'm hoping if I start now, it'll be ready by the time she's going off to preschool, or kinder! :0)

August 5, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Home's Jewels said...

This pattern is linked on the new sewing community:

Thank you so much for offering such a great pattern.

August 5, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Oh Sew Sandy said...

So great..she will love it (and school).

August 5, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

FABULOUS tutorial!!! My three girls will gobble these up!

August 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

For the ladies asking about washability. I would say that if you pre-wash all your material and batting and have good secure stitching, the mat should hold up to washing just fine. If you plan to wash your mat weekly, you might want to consider a style (velcro/buttons) where the pillow insert can slide out for easier drying. I haven't tried washing mine yet but plan to do so in a cold delicate cycle and low-heat tumble dry.

August 5, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Queen Los said...

How cute.. I love this!! I really wanna make this but looks a little hard for me. But one of theese days i think I might just give it a try anyways!

August 5, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

This is such a great idea! I'm certainly bookmarking it for later use :-)

August 5, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

Love the fabric choice and the instructions! This is definitely going in my idea file. :)

August 5, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Tara @ Feels like home said...

I love it! Have you ever thought of making a sleeping bag in the same way? My 3-year-old is enamored with sleeping bags, and I've been thinking about homemaking her one.

August 5, 2010 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Awesome idea and tutorial! While my little guys are only in AM preschool, I think I'll make them each one for at home on movie nights, to take to nanaws and for camping. It turned out wonderful!

August 5, 2010 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Shelley Dawn said...

That is one of the cutest, original things I have seen in Blogland lately. I am thinking it would be a perfect gift for my toddler come this Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

August 5, 2010 at 7:55 PM  
OpenID A Green Jelly Bean said...

Great tutorial! I so could have used this a few days ago when I was making cushions for a rocking chair. Bias tape has seemed so intimidating until I read your tutorial. Now I'm thinking it would have been so much easier than my approach-oh well, I'm hanging onto this for next time. You live you learn, right?

August 5, 2010 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

can I make this mommy sized?? I so freaking love this! and it definitely seems like something even I could sew

August 5, 2010 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Twins Squared said...

What a great idea! You did a really nice job.

August 5, 2010 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Mrs D said...

This is amazing. A very detailed tutorial. Thank you

August 6, 2010 at 3:05 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...


I was going to suggest adding a zipper to the side of the pillow insert to enhance washability. It could either be placed right in the seam with an invisible zipper, or turn the closure around to the back and add a regular zipper so that the little on isn't laying directly on it.

August 6, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger grace said...

i'm gonna make one of these! gorgeous.

August 6, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

SOOOO cute! For like 2 seconds I wish my daughter was heading to big girl school so that I can make one. I will certainly be saving this one for later!

August 6, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger katkeen said...

Oh my, this truly is AWESOME!! Thank you so much for the great pictures, fly tutorial, and the and amazing inspiration! :)

August 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
OpenID tellinggetsold said...

Oh my goodness, that is amazing! I'm getting a cozy, sleepy feeling just looking at the completed project. (Then again, I do have a six month old baby. Doesn't take much for me to have a sleepy feeling.) Seriously, super cute!

August 6, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger SarahJarnagin said...

Oh, my goodness! This is so cute! I really need to make one for my 3 year old for his CDO class... not quite sure if I have your patience & skills though.

August 6, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Where do you find such cute fabric??

August 7, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

nevermind I just saw!

August 7, 2010 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

This is absolutely brillant! I had made my son a nap mat last year for kindergarten. I had used another tutorial as a basic guideline. It had recommended using foam and I only had batting on hand. I struggled with getting equal measurements with the batting...and your masking tape idea is truly brillant!! I had used piping, but love the concept of bias tape -it just makes things so much easier! I will definitely be implementing some of these techniques for my daughter's future nap mat!

August 7, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I LOVE this idea. I have one going to kindergarten and one still home, so I could definitely use 2 of these. Off to JoAnn's I go!

August 8, 2010 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Wow this is gorgeous! I wish I had have seen this before my three went to preschool. It will make a really great gift for my nephew and niece though! Thanks so much for sharing this.
I REALLY love the fabric you used as well. Might have to buy some...yes really I think I need to. ;)

August 8, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

This is amazing!!! I can't get enough of your site! I just wish France had as much fun material as you all have in the states. I suffering from some serious withdrawals. Thanks for your dedication to this site.

August 9, 2010 at 3:41 AM  
Blogger anneke said...

your girl will have a great time at school with this mammy-made bedroll; it's the perfect combination for going into the big world...

August 9, 2010 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

this is amazing!!! I am making one for my little boys!

August 9, 2010 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

This is completely amazing. I'm totally intimidated, but amazing!

August 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger 3girls4me said...

This is perfectly adorable. Not much of a sewer, but I would love to make something like this for my DD to take to preschool.

August 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Vennicia said...

OMG! I love this! I love the fabric too. Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow! I'm not a great sewer but I think I can do this. I can't wait to try it out. Thanks!

August 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger brooke said...

Wow, this is incredible! Thanks goodness I still have a few years before I need to whip one of these babies up!

August 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

This is so freakin cute!!!! This is the project that is going to make me learn how to use my sewing machine! I LOVE IT!!!!

August 10, 2010 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Kissta said...

You have just inspired me to get a new sewing machine!!! Love it!

August 10, 2010 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger MB said...

I would love to have one of these for my new little one that will be here in about 2 weeks. It would work great for nap time.
Melissa B.

August 11, 2010 at 4:58 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I really want to try and make this!

August 13, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Sew Spoiled said...

Thank you for the great tutorial!
I am linking your tutorial over at!

August 16, 2010 at 4:22 AM  
Blogger Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

love this idea and am hoping to make one for my little guy since I think the little mat and recieving blanket that he sleeps on at school could use some help- but my question is- can I toss the end product in the wash at the end of each week? Or would it ruin the mat part of the mat?


August 16, 2010 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

never mind- I saw your answer to this question up above (should have read thru before posting!) I will give this a shot and cross my fingers that it holds up thru lots of nap times :)

August 16, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

How adorable!

August 20, 2010 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger justyourtypicalgirl said...

I would have loved loved loved this tutorial before I had to buy the hideous, scratchy, polyester mess from the daycare!

August 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

This is a great tutorial! My little pre-schooler won't be napping at school, but if she had a mat like that, she might! Maybe she'll want one at home...

August 20, 2010 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Tera said...

Featured this on my blog. Great tutorial!

August 21, 2010 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Lucy Blaire hand*made said...

Thanks A LOT! (sarcasm altert) as if I wasn't busy enough already I had to stumble across this ADORABLE project and now try and whip one out by Saturday for my sisters baby shower! *sigh*

August 24, 2010 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Margie said...

I absolutely love this and just added to the list of things I need to make and pawn off onto my friends who have kids. :)

August 24, 2010 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

That is so cute! You better watch out though you may be making them for the whole class!

August 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Kelli said...

What a GREAT tutorial & gift idea - love the fabric! My munchkin isn't in preschool yet, but this is so going on my to-sew list!

August 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger suealex said...

I'd never even HEARD of one of these until last week when I was told my child must have one. This tutorial is GORGEOUS. Thank you thank you!

August 24, 2010 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

For a beginner, I did pretty well. My goal: actually complete this puppy, no matter how many mistakes and uneven corners. I'm almost done! And yes, there is an uneven corner!

August 26, 2010 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger ChickieChirps said...

This is so cool! You are a legend! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!


August 31, 2010 at 3:23 AM  
Blogger KT said...

I've been eyeballing this ever since you posted it, and have FINALLY just made one for my son. He LOVES it! Thank you so so much!

September 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
OpenID Pinkcyborg009 said...

So cute! I'm going to make this tonight as my nightly project. :)

September 14, 2010 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Dakota said...

question!! what type of thread and fabric do you reccomend? fabric that i get consistantly unravels and is just super thin and i hate it even more when it looks awesome at the store and i get home wash it and it becomes colorless!! and the thread i use is always breaking. always. heeelllppp mee please.

September 15, 2010 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

Hi Dakota-Wow, I've never really had those issues! We get most of our fabric from I'd just look for nice quality cotton quilting fabric and only wash it at the temp you would wash the final piece. As for thread, I like for an affordable yet functional brand. It's always worked for me.

September 15, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Cherrie said...

I have been looking for a nat mat pattern for a while, yours is the best. I love the step by step pictures. I already created a nap mat using a different steps but I definetely use yours on my next one.

September 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

hm. this looks difficult. my sister asked me today if i could make a nap mat for her son. i would prefer she buy the walmart mat...

on a side note, holy diamond ring, batman!

October 14, 2010 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Shelley Dawn said...

Yay! I made one of these and featured it on my blog.
Check it out - I am so happy with how it came together.

November 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

This is AWSOME!!! I want to make these as Christmas gifts for the little one in my family.

November 23, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

just finished mine! love it! yay!

December 11, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Kath said...

you are so blooming clever!

December 15, 2010 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger Victoria Haveman said...

I just love this! Do you know about how much it cost you to make it??

December 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

Hi Victoria! I had all of my materials on hand so I'm not really sure. You could use a recycled blanket for your fabric and make your bias tape, which would leave you with the batting as your big expense. The range could be anywhere from $10 to $40 depending on materials/resourcefulness. I do know that nice mats sell for $50-60 so it's a bargain to make it regardless!

December 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Klara said...

I love your step by step tutorial since I'm a visual person and reading about it just doesn't seem to get me as inspired as this, thank you so much :))))

January 15, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Martyna said...

Awesome tutorial and advice on how to put it together. Just finished a sleeping mat+comforter for my 6m old son - used your idea, but instead of a blanket, I made him a comforter, and used a thin filling for the back. Needed something he could sleep in, as he's outgrowing sleep sacks, and kicks off all blankets. Thank you for the inspiration!

January 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Ande said...

I am so thankful you posted this!!!! I have a class full of twos that will be getting these wonderful gifts! You were so informative and the step by step photos are awesome. Thanks again!

January 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Bourg Family said...

That's fabulous!

January 27, 2011 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Jenniffier said...

Can I have one in an adult size :)

March 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Regina said...

So cute! You make it look easy!

June 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I also have a little one heading off to preschool in the fall and this is perfect!

June 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Katelyn said...

Thanks for posting this but I wanted to suggest clarifying you need TWO pieces of 2 yards of fabric for the mat. Just went and bought a yard for each side and got home and it dawned on me that is NOT enough. LOL Kinda irritating BUT oh, well. Shake it off. It happens!! But just so no one else makes this ridiculous/money and time wasting mistake! LOL

July 1, 2011 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Ana de Pano said...

Maravilhoso, obrigada por compartilhar!

July 2, 2011 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

Hey Katelyn- sorry that was confusing. I re-wrote to clarify. Depending on the width of your 2 yds fabric, you are supposed to fold it in half the long way for the front and back. But this project is also really great for patching fabric together. Just sew pieces together and hide the seams later when you quilt it!

July 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Deron and Tina said...

Thanks for all the great pictures - can't wait to give this a try. Love your blog, just found it through a pin on pinterest.

July 15, 2011 at 6:26 AM  
OpenID liduvina said...

Wowww! This is fantastic, thanks for sharing and for all the pictures!!!
I love your blog!!!

August 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger mrstolli said...

I decided to make this mat for my youngest because it seemed easier than another tutorial I used for my oldest. Unfortunately, I am in the middle of making it and have come across several issues. First off, I washed my quilt batting because the directions called for pre-washed. I guess I misunderstood because I ruined the first package. Right now, I'm trying to figure out the size of the batting in the mat. I had to buy a full size because a twin size was not available. I'll be doing good to get four layers out of it. Also,your measurements call for the napmat to be 2.5 feet wide and the batting to be 2 feet wide, yet your pictures show that they line up on the edges. I would appreciate any help because as of right now, I am very disapponted.

August 3, 2011 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

I made some tweaks right in the post to address your questions but basically... make the mat whatever width you wish, make the batting the same width. 2' works! The batting doesn't need to be washed, and I say use as many layers as your sewing machine can handle for comfy plushness. Good luck and I hope this helps!! xoxo

August 3, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Gracey said...

i love this. my munchkin isn't big enough for pre-k but love the idea for naps on trips. i think i will nix the carry strap though and for go velcro for elastic bands to wrap around instead.

August 8, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Lana said...

I was so confused! I was having the same issues as MrStolli (except I didn't ruin my batting) -- trying to make a TWIN-size batting into 6 layers 2'x5' just wasn't working! I can get 3 layers of 2.5', which is what my cover fabric is, and hope it will be plush enough. Wish I hadn't printed the directions before they were rewritten!

August 11, 2011 at 7:55 AM  
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August 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Cristen said...

Thanks Prudent Mamas!! I knew what I wanted to make, but was having a tough time piecing it together. Your instructions and photos were fantastic! I added cutouts from a few of my daughter's old t-shirts to the inside of the roll and made an envelope for the pillow on top so that the pillow isn't subjected to the weekly washings required by daycare. For you other nap-mat-makers, I only used two layers of quilt batting, and it's perfectly comfy to lay on top of the plastic mats that they use at my daughter's daycare.

August 29, 2011 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Quick question - does the bias tape need to go over all the layers of batting? or just around the top & bottom fabric?

September 6, 2011 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

Hi Kate, whichever is easier. For mine, The bias tape was sewn through all layers where the batting was sewn to the top and bottom fabric (ie the quilting lines) otherwise just the top and bottom fabric, make sense? But it doesn't really matter. Whatever works!

September 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM  
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October 9, 2011 at 7:14 PM  

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