Create Your Own Playmat

When Miss S was born, the EMTs gave us a blanket- how nice!! It is kinda thick so we’ve used it more as a playmat than a blanket.
 The blanket was definitely suppose to be for a boy, straight boy fabric which you will see here in a minute, and since we definitely don’t have boys but two girls, I wanted to make it more girlie. 
Here is how I changed the fabric and how you can create your own playmat. 
-2 different fabrics or you could just use one on both sides. I used a flannel and a cotton fabric.
-Sewing Machine
-Quilt batting

Here was what the blanket looked like before. It isn’t a super large blanket but perfect for kiddos and it is the perfect size to be thrown on the floor to play. 
And again, this was definitely meant for a boy… robot and monster truck fabric with a little school fabric randomly thrown in. Yeah…..
So off to JoAnn I went to find some fun fabric to redo it. 
It was previously covered in a flannel fabric on one side and a regular cotton fabric on the other so that is what I bought to use as well. 
I had to deconstruct the old blanket before I redid it.
There were these threads throughout the blanket to hold the batting in place so I had to cut all those out.
I then ripped the fabric off the blanket, leaving me with about 1/4 in thick quilting batting.
The dimesions of my blanket is 34 x 53 inches but you could make it a little larger or smaller if you would like.
I cut my new fabric to size leaving room for the seam allowance.
The polka dot fabric is the cotton fabric and the kites is the flannel. 
Iron your fabric and then lay them down one on top of the other.
Right sides facing each other of course! 
Place the batting on the top of the fabric.
Fold and pin the seams. Top fabric gets folded up and over the batting. The bottom fabric gets folded under and toward the floor.
Pin the batting with the fabric so it will get sewn and then held in place.
Also, leave a hole on one of the long sides where you can flip the blanket right sides out.
Once it is all pinned, it is time to sew.
Sew around the entire blanket leaving the hole to flip it right sides out. 
 Here is my hole where I can now flip the fabric.
Flip the fabric and make sure to push the corners at as well as possible. 
Now you have to close the hole, so you will just pin the hole and sew around the entire blanket again on the outside. 
Here is the blanket totally sewn. 
I love the new fabrics! 
Much more girlie!! 
Once the blanket is completely sewn, take some thread and you will place some… no clue what the proper term for these are, but they hold the batting and fabric together throughout the blanket. 
I cut a piece of thread and doubled it before putting it through the needle. I didn’t tie it or anything. Placed it through one side of the fabric and back through and then just tied a knot 3 times. Cut off extra thread.
I did 6 rows down the blanket and each row I did 4 across. 
And you are done!!
The blanket is perfect for tummy time, play time, naps, whatever!! 
You can take it outside for a picnic, or for a softer place to sit and play.
Put it in a corner with pillows and books… whatever you want!!! 
Downstairs, we have hardwood floors with concrete under them so even with our rug, this just adds enough extra cushion to sit and play on to make it more comfortable and in the cold weather, makes it a little warmer to be on our floors as well.

I’m thrilled with how it turned out and glad that it is much more girlie than what it was previously!

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  • Our Pinteresting Family
    April 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Love it, Allison! It's so colorful and it looks like the girls love it.

  • Chris
    April 2, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Hi Allison, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. I have been having trouble with GFC and if I am already following you, and you following me, please forgive me. If not, please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  • Prathima Trellis
    April 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Great blog post. It’s useful information, highly informative and professionally written.

  • Prathima Trellis
    April 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Great blog post. It’s useful information, highly informative and professionally written.

  • Stacy Cofield Keskinarkaus
    August 14, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Made it for my nephew! I love it! Thanks for the idea!

  • Rebecca Smith
    December 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I make these for my grandchildren, but we call them Picnic Blankets. I make mine approximately 42" square and I sew them with fabrics , good sides facing and a layer of organic cotton batting, sew all but bout 8" all the way around and then turn right sides out, stitch the pocket closed and sew a top stitch around about one inch from the edge…we call them picnic blankets so if when my children were small they could completely sit on there blanket and have lunch or dinner and watch a video movie and if something spilled, no biggy just get it up quickly and throw in the wash!