I found some fun fabric in a shop in Manchester a few months ago. It was a quilt panel of Snoopy as the Flying Ace, which I thought might make something nice for my niece. It was the wrong size for a dress unless I cut up the design which kinda defeated the point. So I opted for play mat, as in something she can sit on while she plays. Honestly, not sure how useful it’ll be.
So, totally making it up as I went along. I cut out the panel piece, which was a simple large rectangle. Then I cut the same size piece in a plain red drill fabric, as well as two pieces in some quilting I had bought. It’s quite a bit piece so it was awkward to cut out and get them all the same size. I just eye balled it really and tidied it up later.
I pinned the pattern fabric onto one of the quilting pieces, then I sewed it in place. I sewed around the edge, as well as picking out key details in the Snoopy pattern and sewing around them. I wasn’t super neat, but I don’t think niece will be overly bothered, although I’m sure she’ll appreciate the extra effort I put in… I then sewed the red fabric to the other piece of quilting, I used two to make it nice and soft for her to sit on. Then I put the Snoopy piece of fabric and the red fabric right sides together and sewed them together. It was difficult at times to sew through the quilting, perhaps a sign I was doing this all wrong? Anyone know?
I left a gap of a few inches open on one side (near the bottom) so I could turn it inside out. Actually, I didn’t, so I had to unpick a few inches first! Anyway, I then turned it inside out, which made it the right way around really. Then I sewed up the gap with a messy slip stitch, because how do you do a neat one? I ironed the play mat, and then wrapped it cute wrapping with little pink cats on it.