Let me say this simply…the last couple days I have been struck with a case of “mommy meltdowns.” One minute I am fine and the next minute I look around at all the home projects piling up and I start to weep. Any other moms suffer from this?!? My car is a victim of post road trip nastiness. The garage/art studio has turned into a junk yard. Our landscaping is so overgrown it looks like a Bengal tiger should be pouncing out at any moment. The list goes on and on. My kids can help with some of the chores but honestly sometimes it just makes more work for me when they “help.” I keep reminding myself that school starts very VERY soon. Within the next couple of weeks all THREE of my kids will be going off to school. Yes, that is correct. I said all THREE kids. Whoop, whoop! I have graduated to a new stage of motherhood. Sawyer’s preschool is only for 10 hours a week, BUT that is 10 hours a week to check things off my to-do list…KID FREE.
I am channeling my focus on back-to-school prep and choosing to ignore my home “to-do” list until my new-found freedom arrives. So with that being said, I decided to make Sawyer a DIY no-sew nap mat cover for preschool this morning. This was a project that I could get done with the “help” of my kids…and let’s just say I had A LOT of help. We ventured out to JoAnns to pick out all of our supplies. There was no shortage of no-sew fleece! The options were endless. Sweet Sawyer was so excited with her choice of Frozen themed fleece. Her joy made me smile.
Can you cut? Can you tie a knot? If so, you qualify to make a no-sew nap mat cover!
-1 nap mat (I bought mine at Target)
-1.5 yards (length) of no-sew fleece to be used for the front and back of the nap mat. (JoAnns had a great selection).
-1 yard (length)of no sew fleece to be used for the blanket.
1. Cut the 1.5 yards of fleece into two equal sections. Stack on top of one another.
2. Lay nap mat on top of the stacked fleece. Trim fleece so there is 4 to 5 inches of fleece bordering the mat.
3. Place nap mat in between to two layers of fleece. Cut 1″ fringe, 4 to 5 inches deep, all around the stacked fleece except for the top part. Cut corners out.
4. Tie the top piece of fringe and bottom piece of fringe together along the length of the sides and bottom.
*Ignore the top of my mat. I didn’t trim it before I took the picture. However, this picture shows what the sides and bottom should look like once tied. I guess I am my own rule breaker.
5. At the top of the mat, cut the top piece of fleece straight across. Do NOT cut the bottom piece.
6. Tuck the bottom piece over the nap mat and under the top piece of fleece. This step is to make it easy to slid the mat out for when the cover needs to be washed.
7. Poke the fringe out of the side knots and tie to a piece of fringes. Do this on both sides of the mat. The cover is finished!
8. Flip the nap mat over so the bottom piece of fleece is now on the top.
9. Lay the remaining 1 yard of fleece on top of the covered nap mat. Leave 4 to 5 inches of fleece hanging off on one side and the bottom. On the other side of the nap map, trim the remaining fleece so that 6-12 inches are left.
10. Cut 1″ fringe along the side and bottom 4 to 5 inches deep. Cut the corner out. You only need to fringe the bottom part until you reach the end of the covered nap mat. Once you reach that point, cut the fleece as if you are cutting out a corner. See picture.
11. Tie the “blanket” fleece fringe along the one side and bottom to the nap mat cover’s fringe to attach the blanket. See picture in step 4.
12. Covered nap mat COMPLETE. ✔️ Good job!
I think it’s safe to say that Sawyer LOVES her new nap mat. Hopefully she will be a good napper at school.
As for now, my case of “mommy meltdowns” has subsided. My to-do list CAN wait until the kids are back to school. Until then, I will wear pretend blinders while in my post-roadtrip car, junk yard garage, or jungle-like front yard and hope that no tiger pounces at me.