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Playmat

Tidying up after play time will be a doddle with this clever draw-cord playmat

This playmat transforms into a handy toy storage bag, which can be pulled out of the way or taken with you. This project was first featured in Simply Sewing magazine.

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Materials

Main fabric: 125x112cm (49x44in)

Lining fabric: 110x112cm (43x44in)

Trim fabric: 55x112cm (22x44in)

Iron-on interfacing: 14x49cm (51/2x193/8in)

Cord lock

Cord: strong nylon 3mm (1/16in) cord

Press fastener

Button

Basic sewing kit

Use a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance throughout.

 
Cutting the Fabric
1

Stick several sheets of newspaper together to make your paper pattern. Place them on a flat surface and pin a length of string to the centre point, then tie the other end to a pencil. The string needs to reach from the centre to just inside the outer edge so the radius of your circle will be 54cm (211/4in). Now, keeping the string taut, draw a circle onto your paper. Cut this out to make your pattern.

2

Cut the main fabric into 110x110cm (43x43in) for the playmat outer and two pieces 15x15cm (6x6in) each for the pocket.

3

Cut the trim fabric into the following: Casing strip: four strips 10x112cm (4x44in) each. Carrying strap: 14x49cm (51/2x193/8in).

4

Place the main outer fabric and the lining inner fabric squares wrong sides (WS) together then pin the paper pattern on top. Cut around it to make two circles (image 01).

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Attaching the Casing
1

Pin the outer and lining circles WS together and stitch around the edge 5mm (1/4in) in to hold them in place.

2

Join the casing strips right sides (RS) together at the short ends to make a long strip.

3

Turn one of the short edges over 2cm (3/4in) to the WS and press.

4

Starting at the turned-over short edge, pin the strip to the lining side of the joined circles RS together matching short edges and stitch together all the way around.

5

When you have stitched it all the way around and reached the beginning again, trim and turn over the end short edge by 2cm (3/4in) so the two edges butt up against each other.

6

Turn the other long edge of the strip over by 1cm (3/8in) to the WS and pin to the outer circle side so that the folded edge meets up with the line of machine stitching. Topstitch in place all the way around through all layers to hold the casing strip in place (image 02).

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Making the Pocket

The pocket is used to store the cord inside when the playmat is closed, and you can also use it to keep any other small items safe.

1

Place the two pieces of pocket fabric RS together and stitch all the way around, leaving a 3cm (11/4in) turning gap in the centre of one side. Turn RS out and press.

2

Pin the pocket to the outer circle positioning it 10cm (4in) down from the top so that the turned under edges of the casing strip are centrally above it. Topstitch in place down the sides and across the bottom (image 03).

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3

Stitch one half of a press fastener to the inside of the top of the pocket and the other to the outer circle so they meet to keep the pocket closed.

Making the Carrying Strap
1

Press interfacing to the WS of the fabric.

2

Fold the strip in half lengthways RS together and stitch together across one short end and down the length. Turn RS out, press and turn the other short end under by 1cm (3/8in).

3

Place the fabric circle outer side up and measure to find the centre. Pin one end of your strap at the centre and the other directly opposite where the two short ends of the casing strip meet.

4

Stitch the strap securely into place by stitching a square at each end with two diagonal lines through the square to strengthen (image 04).

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Finishing Off
1

Thread the cord through the casing then thread the ends of the cord through the cord lock.

2

To close your playmat, pull up the drawstring cord to collect and hold all your toys safely inside. Now, for safety, tuck the cord into the handy pocket to prevent them dangling down. You can then carry it or hang it up by the strap. Super-handy for taking on play dates!

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First published in Simply Sewing Magazine.
www.simplysewingmag.com