Thursday, 10 March 2011

Baby Play Mat - Upcycling

baby playmat upcycle
The photograph opposite shows a baby play mat I made as a gift for my cousin's new baby, 'Freya'.

My cousin's wife had just had a baby and I wanted a unique gift, so decided to make one. It was a lot harder than I had anticipated, as I had never made one of these before. I did learn from my errors and if I made another one, I would do it slightly different so it wouldn’t be as time consuming.

I used a curtain which already had the printed blocks in the design which made it easier, so I was upcycling again.  I then used the matching spare material to cut out appliquéd letters spelling the child’s name.  I used wadding to pad this mat and used a patterned material for the bottom of the mat. To make the letters I simply traced these from printed pages I copied from the internet. I then sewed a border around the mat (This is the part I would change, it was a nightmare!). I was however really pleased with the end result, considering it was the first time I had made one of these.

The photograph below shows the before and after photos of the mat.

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