Thursday, June 14, 2012

DIY Sew a Vinyl Play Mat

Babies are messy. They drool, they spit, and they poop. Connor loves to hang out on the floor and play, but we try to keep his mess contained to a small area that's easy to clean. I came with the idea of a vinyl play mat and it works really well for an easy clean up!

I bought a cheap tablecloth, washed it, and cut it down into a small rectangle.
To finish the edges, I used a zig zag stitch in light blue thread.

Just to make it more cute, I printed out these little animal silhouettes and traced them onto some white fabric. This wasn't vinyl, but it was vinyl-ish and kinda soft, so it worked.

I did some simple hand-embroidering for the eyes and ears.

I pinned the animals to one corner of the vinyl. The vinyl is hard to get completely flat and you can't iron it, but I did my best.

I used a tight zig-zag stitch to applique them onto the vinyl.

Here's Connor showing off his new play mat!

Like a proud mom, I had to take a million pictures!


  1. Sew cute! And so is the model ;)
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  2. What a great idea! We have tile in most of our house, so mess is easy to contain, but I can imagine that your mat is WONDERFUL for carpet.:)

  3. Very cute! You have an awesome little model too. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

  4. What a great idea, Lisa! So cute and I love the applique animals. You did a fantastic job on the hand embroidery too. Can't believe how big Connor is. Such a cutie pie!!

  5. Oh my gosh what a cute play mat! I'm a new follower and am so excited to read all about your cute projects. I would love if you followed me back at my baby designing blog at

  6. What a fun idea! Your baby is adorable :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  7. What a cute and very practical playmat! Love it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. Thanks for the great tutorial. I'll have to add this to my list of things to make for the twins (maybe a larger version thou!)

  9. This is genius! This momma needs to get the sewing machine out! You were featured today at Come check it out. Thanks for sharing at Make it Great Monday Linky Party. Cheers!

  10. OMGosh girl you freaking rock, I wish I had you around when the boys were young. I could have been that rockin mama that had it together ... lol

  11. Wow I like the design, that is really unique. How you did that?

    Carpet tiles perth


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