When my littlest started pre-school or Mother's Day Out 2 years ago, I made him the cutest polka-dot nap mat cover. Now that he's going into Pre-K, he requested something more 'big boy' and not babyish polka dots (his words). I found some fantastic super hero fabric that he approved of and made him a new cover.
Here is how I did it. (As I have said a bunch of times before, I am not a seamstress and I don't know how to use a pattern. I just picture how I want something to turn out and wing it.) I used my usual wing it method to make this cover.
This is the plain plastic nap mat.
And here is the fabric. (I used a little under 2yards)
I folded the fabric in half lengthwise, inside out. Then I laid the mat on top of the fabric to measure how much I would need. I cut about 1/4 of a yard off.
Since the cover is similar to a pillow case, I folded down the top end, that will be the opening, 2 times and sewed a hem.
Then I sewed the sides and the bottom closed. I wish I had taken a picture of what it looked like at this point, but I didn't. It looked like a long pillow case, with the end open to insert the mat.
On the open end, to keep the nap mat inside the cover, I used sew-on velcro for a closure.
I then stuffed the mat inside the cover...
and my little man took it for a test drive. He said it needed a pillow.
I used really soft fleecy fabric and sewed a simple pillow, leaving a small opening to stuff Poly-fill into. Then I hand sewed the opening close.
I wanted a way to attach the pillow to the cover that was removable. So I sewed buttons onto both sides of the pillow and the cover.
And used ribbon to attach the pillow and the cover together.
The process was simple. I took about a 6inch piece of ribbon, cut a slit on each side for a button holes and then melted the raw edges of the ribbon with a flame to seal the loose fibers.
The ribbon holds the pillow to the nap mat nicely.
To keep it all together, I wrapped more of the same ribbon around everything,
and closed it with some more velcro that I sewed on.
The finished big boy nap mat!