Double Sided Play Mat
Front: Dance Like a...
Back: Nature Treasure Hunt
Beginner Sewing Project
With all the outdoor activities of summer, a lightweight blanket is handy to keep in your car or stroller. Grab this preschooler sized mat to take along to a
- splash pad
- fireworks show
- picnic for 2
- movies at the park
- concert at the park
- nature walk treasure hunt
How to Sew a Double Sided Play Mat
This is a beginner level sewing project.
Do not trim the white border around the design. You will use the edge for your seam allowance.
- Sew a straight stitch or serge 1/2″ outside printed design
- this prevents fraying and makes your blanket seams more durable, because they will be jumped on.
- skip this step with fabrics that don’t fray like fleece
- Prewash and iron fabric
- If you choose a fabric with a bias stretch like twill, reshape pattern into a rectangle after wash.
Pin Your Fabric
- Line up mat designs with printed sides facing each other.
- fabrics with a stretchy bias can pull on a 45 degree angle in prewash. If your printed designs won’t line up, gently stretch along the bias to reshape rectangle.
- Pin edges in place.
- Place a pin at your stop point to leave an opening at the treasure chest.
Sew Your Fabric
- Sew your two pieces together.
- For straight seams, follow along the edge inside of the printed design showing through underside of fabric.
- Remember to stop at treasure chest to leave an opening.
- Pull your fabric through the opening
- To make a secret pouch under treasure chest, hem the pouch edges.
- If you don’t want a secret pouch, stitch up the opening.
Finish the Edge
- Pin flattened edges in place 3/4″ inside edge.
- Sew through both layers 1″ inside edge to create your blanket border.
Sew through both layers following a pinned path to attach layers throughout blanket. You can choose a pattern to sew or randomly swirl around the blanket. If you made an opening for the secret pouch, don’t let your stitch pattern close off pouch.