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Topic: Nap mats, because my girl started "School" today!  (Read 3984 times)
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« on: August 26, 2008 08:15:40 PM »

My one-and-only just started a program at church called "Mother's Day Out."  It's like preschool, but since Edith won't be 2 until mid-September, she can't be in the 2-year-old class.  Anyway, at MDO the kids take naps on cots, and the staff told us we could bring something to cover the cot.  I decided to use this fabulous tutorial, which just happened to be the perfect size for the cots, but I made some changes.  I made one for my daughter and for her "best friend."  

I used only fabric that I had in my stash.  Deviating from the tutorial I added pleated trim to three sides, and I didn't make it with an attached blanket (the teachers advised against mats with attached blankets for some reason).  

I didn't put elastic in the shoulder strap.  I just made the straps the same width as the mat.

I can't sew a button-hole to save my life.  After sewing four really awful looking buttonholes I decided to go with the elastic-loop--button enclosure method.  

Instead of velcro I used zippers.  I have a box of zippers that used to belong to my grandma before she died, so I just used some of those.  22 inchers worked well.  Only the foam mat is removable on mine.  The pillow batting is sewn in.

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In hindsight, I wish I'd had more time to look for deals on the foam padding.  It was quite pricey at the craft store, and the sizes they offered were 1)too small or 2)too big.  Of course I had to buy the too big packages, so now I've got the extra foam hanging out in my craft room.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008 08:22:46 PM »

very smart idea. you never know what happens on those cots...ewwwwy.
your daughter is adorable.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008 08:29:46 PM »

Awww.  These are so cute.  My daughter used to use one in daycare.  It didn't have the adorable pleated ruffle though.  These look great!
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008 08:34:43 PM »

Those are really cute mats.

I bet her and her friend love them.

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2008 08:42:33 PM »

Oh so cute. I want one.

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2008 09:04:06 PM »

Adorable! Well done, I love the pleating.
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2008 10:22:50 PM »

Cute and functional. My daughter would also be going to pre-school later this year, hence i guess i need to sit and make one as well...thanks for the motivation

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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2008 05:08:15 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2008 07:57:56 AM »

Oh- they are cute!  (as well as your little girl).  Thanks for sharing the link to get to the tutorial too.  Smiley

That's a great idea about the button and loop.
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2008 10:03:16 AM »

Soo cutE!

Next time, try the camping section of Walmart - they often have camping mats, which are quite cushy... My girlfriends and I use them for padding Mei Tais!
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