Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Playmat Tutorial

It took a while (writing a tutorial is more difficult and especially takes a lot more time than I thought), but here it is: the play mat tutorial!



What you need:
 - 20 panels of fabric size 15x15cm (6x6 inches) in colors and patterns that you like
- 1 piece of fabric size 80x95 cm (28x34 inches) for the back side
- 2 strips of fabric (same color as back side) size 10x80cm (4x28 inches)
- 2 strips of fabric (same color as back side) size 10x95cm (4x34 inches)
For the above four: this is without seams, so you have to cut some extra for seams
- 2 layers of fiber fill size 60x75cm (24x30 inches)
- 2 layers of fiber fill size 80x95cm (28x34 inches)

Step by step instructions:

* Draw fifteen 15x15 cm (6x6 inches) panels on cotton fabric in colors and designs you like. Cut the panels with extra on all sides for seams.  


 *Arrange your panels on the flour in a color pattern you like. At the picture below the rows are already pinned.


* Pin the panels in rows, as in the picture below. Lay good side on good side of the fabric, pin along the drawn lines) and sew.  Fold open, until you have four panels in a row.


* Now sew the rows together (again good side of fabric on good side, pin along the lines and sew). 



* All panels sewn together form the biggest part of the front side. It measures 60x75cm (24x30 inches) and looks like this: 




Cut two strips of 10x80cm (4x28 inches) and two strips of 10x95cm (4x34 inches), plus extra for seams. At both ends of the strips measure 10cm (4 inches) and draw a line from the corner to the measured point. Cut away the triangles. Your strips should now look like the ones in the picture below.

In this picture below you see black lines between the panels. It's bias band, just for decoration (it fits in my theme of liquorice allsorts), but isn't necessary at all.



* Pin the short sides of the strips on the edges of the panels (good side on good side). Sew exactly unto the corners. Unfold. At the picture below I first sewed the longer strips.


* Then sew the shorter of the strips. Pin the corners (good side on good side, pin and sew). Your front side is now finished and should look like this:


* For the back side of the play mat cut a piece of fabric of 80x95cm (28x34 inches). Pin onto the front side (again good side on good side) along the two longer edges and ONE shorter edge (just one, because otherwise you can't fill the play mat). 
Then turn you play mat inside out. The good sides of the fabric are on the outside now.

Your play mat now should look like this. The lower side (where you see the arrow) is still open.


* Cut two layers of fiber fill of 80x95cm (28x34 inches) and fill the play mat with it (fiber fill should be flat and without bumps, of course). 

Pin the inner sides of the black edges through all layers (fabric as well as fiber fill) and sew the layers together along the three edges (the red lines in the picture below; I didn't draw the red lines very neat, 'cause I'm not that good with the brush tool in Photoshop, but you get the idea). So you sew along the seam you made before when you sewed strips and panels.


* Now cut two layers of fiber fill of 60x75cm (24x30 inches) and fill the part in the middle of the play mat with it. Again the fiber fill should be flat and without bumps. 

Close the bottom edge along the seam, as you did in the previous step (the red line in the picture below). The part in the middle is closed now.


* Fold the fabric of the remaining edge towards the inside of the play mat. Pin and close the play mat by sewing together.




Your playmat is finished!!


Other examples of this playmat:

 






35 comments:

  1. Wow! Im so jealous! I wish I could sew. New follwer from blog hop today! Stop by and visit me when you get a chance!

    http://naptimeshopper.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for visiting and following, Julie!

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  2. This is such a good idea! I need to make one for my daughter. Pinning this! I would love for you to link this up to my What I Learned Wednesday link party. Hope to see you there! http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-i-learned-wednesday-8.html

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    1. Thanks for your nice comment, Alexis! I just linked up to your party! Liz

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  3. The playmat looks really nice! This would be a great present for a baby shower! I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday http://whatscookinglove.blogspot.com/2012/05/showcase-your-talent-thursday-5.html. I hope to see you there!

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    1. Thank you, Alyssa. Just linked up to your party! Have a nice weekend! Liz

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  4. You make it sound SOOOO easy ... love your color/fabrics.
    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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    1. Hi Marydon,
      Thanks again! It really isn't that difficult, but it takes a little practice.
      Nice weekend,
      Liz

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  5. Sooo pretty! Happy Pink Saturday!

    My Pink, I am also inviting you to link up with my color Connection meme.

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  6. Nice patterns.
    My Pink, have a great weekend!

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  7. What a great, and easy (looking!) sewing project. Thanks for sharing!

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays, starting tomorrow! Hope to see you there! (www.watchoutmartha.net )

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    1. Just linked up! Thanks for inviting me! Liz

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  8. That is such a nice playmat. Thanks for taking the time to do a tutorial.

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  9. Super cute playmat! I love the way you did the borders.

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    1. Hi Shiloh, how are you? Thanks again for your nice comment! Liz

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  10. This playmat is too cute. I love it. New follower from Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night....

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    1. Thanks for your nice comment and for following me, Stringy Sisters!

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  11. Great idea and so well put together!! I really love all the colors you used. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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    1. Thanks, Kadie! See you next week!

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  12. That's so cute. I love the colors, and my kids always used quilts as playmats. This is adorable! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! See you next week at Handmade Tuesdays! Liz

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  13. Love this !!

    I would love you to share this over at my craft, create and inspire linky party , live now

    Claire x

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  14. Love this !!

    I would love you to share this over at my craft, create and inspire linky party , live now

    Claire x

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  15. Love this !!

    I would love you to share this over at my craft, create and inspire linky party , live now

    Claire x

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    1. Just did! Thanks for inviting me! Liz

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  16. Love the idea of liquorice allsorts, by using bias along the rows. This is a fabulous play mat. Thanks for sharing your great tutorial!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! I'm a new follower of your blog. Saw you are following me, too, now. Thanks for that! Liz

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  17. Hi Liz, I've featured your play mat tutorial today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/06/threading-your-way-features.html

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  18. Found you from Threading My Way and I'm your newest follower! :)

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  19. this is a very cute blanket. looks so comfy

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  20. Great blanket! Love it. Thank you for linking it up with us at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com .

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