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« on: May 15, 2012 10:05:33 AM »

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Roll Up Dragon Road Play Mat using the BERNINA 330

I decided to make my little dude a play mat. It was supposed to be for cars, but when my son picked out some cool dragon fabric, we thought, why not dragons? Thus, the Dragon Road Mat was born.

First, I measured the base fabric for my mat. This is about 8 inches by 17 inches.

Then, using the straight stitch on my BERNINA 330, I started attaching embellishments. First, the road:

For the embellishments, I kept switching back and forth between the straight stitch and the zig-zag set to the satin-stitch width and length.

The cool thing about the BERNINA 330 is that every time I went back to the zig-zag, it automatically remembered my settings!

Good thing, too, because I sure didn't remember!

Once the road was secure, I added some green fabric to the sides. I scrunched it up as I sewed to mimic roadside greenery. The BERNINA 330 #1 presser foot (pictured below) smoothed over the ruffles, no problem.

Lookin good!

I just kept adding whatever inspired me to create the landscape. Here's another in progress shot:

I knew I wanted to add a pouch to the bottom of the mat to keep little knick-knacks in, and decided to add a zipper to try out the BERNINA 330's zipper foot. I started with some cool dragon fabric my son picked out, measured 8 inches wide and 6 inches tall.

I folded the piece in half to mark the center.

And cut a slit for the zipper:

Then, using the #4 presser foot (the zipper foot, clearly marked as #4 below - again, super easy!), I sewed on either side of the zipper.

I had to make sure that the needle was in the far right position for the right side of the zipper. Notice how the foot marks the perfect distance from the actual zipper?

A quick repeat performance on the left (needle position all the way to the left this time), and your zipper should be set!

Now, I'm going to tell you a secret. This was my first zipper! With the BERNINA 330, I feel like I can conquer anything!

I cut two pieces to tie up the mat when it's all rolled up (about 12 inches by 3 inches) and sewed them up.

Then, I cut a piece of quilted fabric to be my backing and sandwiched everything (mat + pouch and backing) right sides together with the ties at the ends. I sewed all the way around the outside with a straight stitch, leaving a 6 inch space for turning right side out.

A quick top stitch around the perimeter, and ta-da!

All rolled up:

I cut out some dragons from the pouch fabric and glued them to some felt so they would stick to the road (also felt).

Here they are happy in their pouch:

This will be perfect for our summer vacation road trip!
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012 10:43:51 AM »

What kid wouldn't love this, Abbeeroad.  Awesome project!

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012 11:30:36 AM »

great job.  I love all the pictures you took.

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