How to Make a Fabric Panel Playmat
Playmats can provide hours of fun for toddlers and preschoolers. These fabric panels can be created to suit a variety of different personalities or types of pretend play.
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My grandson really likes to go to the fabric store and select material for my next kid project, for him of course. Our recent purchase was the panels for this playmat.
- 2 fabric play panels
- cotton batting, roughly the size of your panels
- tape measure, optional
- embroidery and sewing needles
- sewing thread
- perle embroidery floss
- sewing machine
- Press the two panels.
- Trim the selvage edges off of both panels.
- Lay one panel face up on your batting. Smooth out any wrinkles.
- Pin the panel to the batting, just enough to secure to make the final trim of batting to panel size.
- Trim off excess batting.
- Lay second panel right side down on top of first panel, right sides are together. Adjust your pins for sewing.
- Sew around all four sides leaving a 4 - 5 inch opening for turning. I used the edge of the fabric and the presser foot edge to set the seam width, it is approximately 1/4 inch. Note: Unlike the whole cloth quilt with ric rac trim I did not put a piece of tissue paper under the batting while sewing. I probably should have, it helps the feed dogs work more smoothly.
- Tie your threads at the beginning and end of the seam, unless you began and ended with a back stitch. Snip corners.
- Turn right side out and finger press or use an iron to flatten the seams.
- Turn the seam allowance in where you left your opening for turning. Pin and blind stitch closed.
- I ironed the mat and seams with a steam iron to make sure it laid flat before tying my square knots. This is optional, but I believe it helps.
- Next the three layers were tied together using an embroidery needle and perle cotton floss. As the mat is two sided with different images on each side I roughly measured the 8 - 10 inches between ties, as recommended for this type of batting. When I found my spots for tying I checked the other side for placement on that side as well. Trim off excess floss leaving about 3/4 of an inch. I was under strict instructions from the three year old that the mat needed to be flat :) Besides who wants a tie right in the middle of the road.
- The mat is ready to play with now. I had to test drive a dump truck myself before handing it over to the grandson.
March 27, 20170 found this helpful
Your project is so neat and looks like it is really appreciated - makes me recall making cloth books for my grandkids - many years ago. Thanks for an interesting and useful post.
March 21, 20170 found this helpful
So cute thanks for sharing. Looks like
grandson is having fun.