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« on: July 08, 2008 07:14:17 PM »

I saw LoopedyLoop's nap mat at http://jennycrafts.vox.com/library/post/my-nap-mat-tutorial.html, and then Batgirl's spacey nap mat, and I had to make one for my banana!  Thanks for the inspiration!  She starts full-day daycare this fall, and this will be her napping place.  It took about an afternoon once I got the cutting done the night before (figuring out the velcro - or should I say, figuring out the velcro wrong Undecided) slowed me down a bit.

There's two pieces of that 1" bumpy memory foam for the top of a mattress in there (her daycare has hardwood floors)!  Squishes right inside.

I made the mat 5" wider (she likes to stretch all out and akimbo), but not the blanket - at first I thought it was a problem, but turns out it's the perfect size, with less floor drag dust bunny collection.  It did make attaching the strap tricky - I didn't make the strap longer to match the new width (kept sproinging the sides in Roll Eyes), but once the pad was in, it was okay.

I put velcro on the pillow edge, so I can make a removable pillow to slide in there.

I made the mistake of attaching the velcro on with the overlap going up, not down

So I have to close it very well.  I was being practical and using the less stretchy material for the flap, and not thinking about direction of the fold and scratchiness.  The stitches actually are straight, but the velcro is wavy.  Once I shifted the mat over a little, inside, it moved the velcro lower to the floor, and it flattened out nicely.

Ready to go!
  Because I used such thick matting, I put stiff interfacing behind the buttons to avoid stretching and ripping when the buttons strain to keep it from bursting open.

Anyone with a napper really should make one of these!  We are testing it out at Granny's house in a couple of weeks (or tomorrow in her bedroom  Grin).
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008 09:10:29 PM »

cool! i want one of those for myself! it'd be great for camping!
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008 09:49:07 PM »

totally adorable. i love your choice of fabrics.

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2008 07:29:55 AM »

That looks great!  I keep meaning to try that tutorial, but I haven't yet.  Great work!!
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2008 10:46:25 AM »

Great job - that looks so cute and comfy for her!
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2008 01:30:54 PM »

That is soo cute! well done!

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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2008 01:52:33 PM »

totally adorable. i love your choice of fabrics.

The fabrics were the result of me telling myself that I would not buy any new fabrics this summer, and only use from my stash!  The super soft green on the sleeping part is actually a remnant that happened to be exactly the right size.

Thanks for the compliments!  This is the first thing I've made from a craftster tutorial, and I'm really tickled with how easy it was and how it turned out!
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2008 01:58:19 PM »

OOH, it looks great! My nephew uses his all the time, at Grandma's, when travelling, etc. I'm sure your little one will, too! Great job! That tutorial rocks. (and yeah, I struggled with the velcro, too. I used the sticky kind and it kept gumming up my needle etc. Velcro is the devil). Your stitches on the velcro look great (mine are a mess, but I used a busy pattern, LOL)
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2008 02:11:52 PM »

(and yeah, I struggled with the velcro, too. I used the sticky kind and it kept gumming up my needle etc. Velcro is the devil). Your stitches on the velcro look great (mine are a mess, but I used a busy pattern, LOL)

I used 1/2" velcro, because the larger widths only came as half sticky, half sew on (at my store), and I knew that was the devil's work, for sure.  The 1/2" worked just fine, albeit wavy-ish.
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