Friday, June 2, 2017

Guest Post: DIY Play Mat for Your Toddler by CaitsCozyCorner

You guys, I am excited to share my first guest post by Caitlin of CaitsCozyCorner! Check it out below.

When I first had my daughter a few years ago she was always on the move. She’d go from room to room without me knowing and it was hard to just keep track of her. Now as a toddler it can be even more daunting to figure out where she’s playing with various toy rooms or her bedroom. To make it easier, I wanted to create a simple DIY play mat that your toddler can use both in your home and on play dates or on the go. They are even great for baby showers too! This is the easiest and super simple to make. No really, just check out the steps below!
A bit of cutting and three rows of sewing (two if you have a four thread overlocker) and you'll be done. THAT easy! No really, I promise!
So, what do you need?
  1. A feature fabric
  2. Quilted backing fabric
  3. Fancy trim
That's all!
(You could use wadding and a backing fabric, but, hey, buying pre-quilted backing fabric makes it sooo much easier if you’re like me! )
I used the width of the quilted backing fabric to determine the diameter of my play mat: 112cm (44").
So, I needed 112cm (44") of both my quilted backing fabric and my feature fabric. With my supplies in hand and less than an hour of time, I was ready to get this play mat started. So, let's do it friends.

  1. Fold the feature fabric in half and then in half again.
  1. Measure 56cm (22") from the corner where all the folds meet and mark at several points to form the edge of the circle.

3. Next, cut around the marked points of the circle through all four layers of fabric.

Use this circle as the template to cut the quilted backing fabric.
(If you're more on the ball than I was, you'll place your fabrics wrong sides together to do this so that you don't have to pull them apart and reposition them to start pinning. It’s a fun little trick)

4. With wrong sides together, pin the edges of the feature fabric and the quilted backing fabric together.

5. Stitch a small seam around the edge and overlock or, if you have a four thread overlocker, simply overlock the edge.

6. Place the trim on the edge so that it conceals the seam line and stitch to the edge of mat.

7. YOU DID IT. The on-trend, padded baby play mat is done. See how easy and simple that was?! You’re welcome!
My daughter loves eating and using her play mat for imaginative play, reading books or just putting together puzzles. She has such a great creative ideas that make it fun and enjoyable to watch as she brings her imagination to life. The best part is, I don’t get mad if she spills something on it either because I can throw it in the wash and it’ll be good as new again. It really is a lifesaver sometimes!
Not only is this a fun project to create with and for your kids, it makes a wonderful gift idea. If it is a gift, don’t forget to include a few play accessories to make it a complete play kit! The possibilities are really endless when it comes to making your own play mat for your toddler. Mine is gender neutral because I have a daughter and son but I love the idea of customizing your children’s own play mats too!

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You can’t go wrong with learning to making your own mats for your kids or even clothes down the road. Your toddler will love having their unique items made just for them out of love! You got this Mom!


  1. What a great tutorial. I'm not very crafty but even this seems doable. I love that you can make it match whatever decor you have.

  2. Wow! This is a great idea. Right now I'm using exercise mats since Munchkin is crawling all over the place. This is super simple. Great for beginners on the sewing machine.

  3. These turned out so pretty. They're very unselfish and would make great shower gifts. I'm sure my daughter would love this

  4. How cute!! I no longer have babies but this would make a great gift.

  5. This is genius! Like you, trying to keep up with my toddler on the move, is no easy task! I love the idea of being able to pick up and move the playmat from room to room. It looks easy enough that even I could make it, too!

  6. I love this idea! Plus it's way trendier than any play mat you could buy :)

  7. Such a great tutorial. I need to get my machine serviced (it is LONG over due). This post certainly has me inspired to get it done sooner rather than later!