Here, We Tell You How to Make an Adorable Nap Mat

How to Make a Nap Mat
A nap mat comes very handy when traveling to a different place or staying at someone else's house. You can easily make it yourself; all you need to know is choosing the correct materials and proper stitching.
HobbyZeal Staff
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
personalized nap mat
Making personalized nap mats renders you the liberty of creating it as per your specifications and needs. It is a very easy process, if the required material and the right technique is employed. It can be spread anywhere for sleeping, and can be folded and kept away after use, just like a sleeping bag.
made especially for infants
A nap mat is a temporary and portable bed mattress. It can be designed and patterned in numerous ways, depending on who will use it and where it is to be used. These are mostly made for infants and children, since they might feel the need to sleep anytime and anywhere.
Child's nap mat
nap for children
materials for making nap mat
Material Required To Make Nap Mat
All the material should be purchased after making a rough sketch of the pattern and size. The basic material required for a nap mat is fleece, padding material (old quilt), cover cloth, scissors, matching thread, sewing machine, and plastic/waterproof material.
▶ Making a Child's Nap Mat
using an old mat
● Cut two pieces of fleece of the same measurement.

● If you want the mat to be thicker, you can use an old quilt, an old yoga mat, or decide on a suitable padding material.
making the nap mat
● Cut the padding material in the same size as that of the fleece sheets. Take care to cut the pieces an inch or two more on all sides, so that after sewing the edges, the final size of the mat will be according to that what you had decided.

● Place the two fleece materials such that their printed sides face each other. Now place the padding material over it and pin-up all three pieces together.

● If the mat is for an infant, sew a plastic or any other waterproof material sheet between the padding and the fleece cloth pieces. Avoid placing the plastic material over the fleece material, as it will make the surface uncomfortable to sleep on.

● The sequence of the materials from bottom to top should be―plastic sheet (in case the floor is dirty or water-spilled; also if it is an infant's nap mat and is placed on the carpet/sofa, the plastic sheet will prevent the carpet/sofa from getting wet)―fleece cloth―padding material (conditional)―plastic sheet/any other waterproof material (for a bed-wetting infant's nap mat)―fleece cloth.

● Now, use a sewing machine to sew up only three sides of the pinned materials together, leaving one short side unstitched.
stitching the nap mat
● Turn the mat inside out from the unstitched side and hand-sew that side.

● If you want it to have an attached pillow, place a proper-fitting pillow inside the mat from the open end, and sew it exactly where the pillow ends, so that it is locked on one side (otherwise the pillow will slide down the length of the mat).

● Now, you can sew the open end of the mat securely.

● You can also attach a blanket to your mat. While sewing the materials (fleece, padding, and plastic sheets) together, you can place a thin blanket material above the topmost fleece sheet, and sew it along the length only on one side. Be very careful of not sewing along the blanket sheet while stitching the other three sides.
Making a Cover
● There are many ways of making a cover for your nap mat. You can either just roll the mat and tie it up with a string, or you can have a separate cover for it.

● To sew strings or ribbons to the mat, all you have to do is stitch the ribbons to the short end of the mat when you are sealing it at the very end. Either stitch press buttons at suitable places or then sew two ribbons at the same point of the short end, so that you can roll the mat and tie up the strings.

● To make a separate cover, take two pillowcases, and cut off the short sealed end of one of them, so that the case is open on both the opposite sides. Sew up one of its open end to the open end of the other pillowcase. It will look like a long sack.

● To improve it further, you can use neon post-ons, cloth flowers, fur toys, etc., for decoration. While making a child's nap mat, use mellow and light colors. By selecting the right pattern and knowing the basics of stitching, you can easily make your own long-lasting and comfortable nap mat.