One of my best friends lives over in Australia and she has just had her first baby so I wanted to make a gift to send over to them (although it’s taken me forever to get it sorted – sorry, Milly!). I decided to follow a pattern I have used before to make a play mat/blanket/quilt – it’s kind of a multi-functional item. I’ve made a couple of these for other friends who seemed to like it and find it useful so hopefully this will go down well. You can also use this tutorial to make a larger blanket for yourself either for your bed or as a lap duvet for chilly autumn evenings on the sofa. I bought the fabric months and months ago before the baby arrived and I think I will need to stock up on some more as I love the black and white design.
Pop over to this tutorial that I did a couple of years ago for the full step-by-step.
For this play mat I used two pieces of fabric 110cm x 140cm (which is the equivalent to six fat quarters). For the wadding I recycled a spare double mattress protector from Ikea, which cut the cost of the project as I spent a fair bit on the fabrics. This is where I got the fabric from:
Pocho – M is for Make (a Japanese imported fabric designed by Nani Iro for Kokka Fabrics. This 100% cotton double gauze fabric is lovely and soft).
Bianco Granite Linen – Ada & Ina (a dark grey 100% linen fabric. It has been stonewashed, which makes it ultra soft).
Love this blush pink muslin from MORI.
I wanted to make the play mat reversible and used a dark grey linen for the underside, which I hope will hide dirt from being put on the floor…
This is a really quick and easy sewing project and I’d quite like to make myself one for a cosy lap duvet on the sofa.
What sewing projects are you working on right now?