I was up until 3 am this morning working on this little number. I know that sounds crazy but once I start a project, I HAVE to finish it. Maddie has to have a nap mat for school and now that I have the tools, I wanted to make her a special one! When I showed her this morning, Jaden asked why he didn't have one like that? See he had one of those ugly red and blue plastic ones and I had to explain that I didn't know how or the stuff to make one back then. Mainly he likes things to be fair. He's all about it. This time I just had to remind him he gets all kinds of cool stuff too from time to time when Maddie doesn't and he seemed satisfied. After we got past that, Maddie wanted to inspect it, hold it, and fold it back up, oh and of course, lay in it.
I think she likes it! I'm glad too because it was a doozy to make! I didn't have a pattern and I have never used binding before but I'm very pleased with it and I didn't have to pay $60-$99 for it either. I was so surprised when I first started looking for one at how much they cost. There is a lady about an hour a way that makes them for $30 but they are all either character prints or fabric that fades when washed. I don't like character prints and I wanted something that would look great even after several washes so I decided to just make one myself. Upon close inspection you will see that the binding is not real pretty, but it looks great from far away! And also, I'm not fond of using batting... you out there who quilt are amazing. I never get out all the gaps. The bias tape binding was a little easier once I watched this funny video from The Angry Chicken. She is a hoot. (Carla I bet you will laugh a lot when you watch it since you sew.)
Oh, I almost forgot! I made a little adjustment to the normal mats I have seen. I made a small pillow that can be taken out when washing the mat. This way the pillow fluff won't get all yucky and lumpy after washing.
You can see how excited Mad was about it. And of course it has her name on it, which she loves.