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The Tree Hugger Baby Play Mat

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This quilted play mat includes lots of interesting textures and fun crinkly leaves. It's also crazy cute, and would look adorable in any baby's room!  

Finished size is about 42 inches across, depending on fabric shrinkage. 
 
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Step 1: Materials and Equipment

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Materials

Main fabric (The aqua on mine): 1/2 yard of each of 3 different quilting fabrics.
Scalloped border fabric (orange on mine): 1/4 yard of each of 3 different quilting fabrics.
Backing Fabric: 1 1/2 yards. Any light to medium weight woven cotton fabric will work.
Leaves: 1/8 yard each of 4 different fabrics. Scraps work great for this! I used satin, corduroy, and plush minky. Look for interesting textures.
Tree Trunk: 20" by 12" piece. I used dot minky.
Quilt batting: 45" by 45". I used Warm and Natural "Baby/ Crib" size.
a small amount of poly fill
Thread
a crinkly snack/ chip bag

It is best if you do not prewash or preshrink your main and scalloped boarder fabrics. They will quilt up better if they are quilted before washing. 

Equipment:

a sewing machine
scissors, and a rotary cutter and mat, if you have one.
chalk or disappearing fabric pen
lots of pins!
a chopstick
paper and pencil for drafting your templates
ruler

Step 2: Create your templates.

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Main template:

A triangle 18" long and 9 7/16" wide. Add 1/4" seam allowance all around. Trim corners.

Scalloped edge template:

A half circle 9 7/16" wide. Add 1/4" seam allowance all around. Trim corners.

Tree trunk template:

Sketch out a tree trunk about 19 1/2" tall, 11" across the branches and 4" to 5" across the trunk. Do not add seam allowance.

Leaf template:

Sketch out a leaf 6 1/4" long and 3 1/2" high. Do not add seam allowance.


Step 3: Trace and cut out pieces.

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12 triangles (4 of each fabric)
12 1/2 circles (4 of each fabric)
1 tree trunk
17 leaves (a few from each fabric)
agodoy38 months ago
I love love love this!!! Did you have any trouble working with the minky dot fabric for the tree trunk? Did you sew the raw edge or fold under a seam?
smellenz11 months ago
Ellen Zilcoski
linrodann1 year ago
So cute! I kind of wish I knew someone with a baby so I could make this.
marksfam2 years ago
I made this play mat last week for a baby gift. It is the cutest thing I ever made! I added a corduroy red bird in the tree. Thanks for the great idea!!
zurichko2 years ago
This is the cutest thing ever! I stink at sewing but I'd be willing to try this!
Sherlock692 years ago
This is the cutest project! I'm working on mine right now :-) since i'm 34 weeks pregnant it's a slow process lol.I'll try to add a pic when i'm done
fallnlog3 years ago
Oh my goodness! I have to make this for my new niece we are welcoming in August.
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Yes, I want to make this!
GirlGeek793 years ago
I want one! Need to organize dig to unearth my sewing stuff!
Nyki_L (author)  GirlGeek793 years ago
Who do you think is getting this one? ;)
D-FRIENDS3 years ago
NAAWWW how cute :3
leonardml3 years ago
It's just lovely!
super adorable
I love this! Beautifully executed.
peach703 years ago
I love it. So creative and different. I think you really have a winner!
kathrynl3 years ago
This is beautiful! Well done!
ChrysN3 years ago
Looks wonderful!