Thursday, August 9, 2012

How to make a Nap Mat Cover

Here in the south, kids go to pre-school and Kindergarten all day.  All day school  = nap time, and with nap time, a child needs a nap mat. Nap mats are required and that means a nap mat cover is important too. I'm sure there are covers you can purchase, but making a cover with fabric your child chooses will make them so happy!

It's pretty easy to make a Nap Mat Cover.  I'll show you how!  updated August 2019




How to make a cover for a napmat or kindermat

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My son is started pre-school.  Since he will be going all day, twice a week, he needs a nap mat cover.  He chose some cool fabric for me to make him a cover.


Supplies needed to make a kindermat cover or a nap mat cover

Supplies needed for Nap Mat Cover



How to make a Nap Mat Cover

  • Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, inside out.  
  • Lay the mat on top of the fabric to measure how much is needed.  I cut off about 1/4 of a yard.



Supplies needed to make a kindermat cover or a nap mat cover


  • Sew the sides and the bottom closed, leaving the top open like a pillow case.  
  • Fold the unfinished edge of the open end down 2 times and sew a hem.

How to make a kindermat cover or a nap mat cover

  • Sew velcro to the ends of the opening for a closure.


Tutorial for making a kindermat cover or a nap mat cover


  • Stuff the plastic mat inside the cover, and close it with the velcro.



Tutorial for making a kindermat cover or a nap mat cover


My little man took the nap mat for a test drive and requested a pillow for his nap mat.


Tutorial for making a kindermat cover or a nap mat cover

How to make a pillow for a nap mat


  • Cut two 8 x 20" pieces of minky fabric
  • Turn right sides in and sew around the edges leaving a 3 inch opening
  • Turn the fabric right side out
  • Stuff the pillow with Poly Fil
  • Hand sew the opening closed



How to make a pillow for a nap mat


  • To attach the pillow to the nap mat, sew 2 buttons on the pillow and line up buttons sewn on the cover. 


How to make a pillow for a nap mat


  • In a 5 inch piece of ribbon, cut 2 holes for the buttons
  • Melt the edges of the ribbon with a flame to keep the ribbon from fraying




The ribbon holds the pillow to the nap mat nicely.




To keep it all together, I wrapped more of the same ribbon around everything.  It is closed with velcro
sewn to the ends of the ribbon.


How to keep the nap mat closed for storage


My son loves his nap mat. Hopefully he'll actually take a nap on it at school!


How to keep the nap mat closed for storage


This Nap Mat Cover or Kinder Mat Cover was simple to make and removes easily to make washing a breeze!


How to make a cover for a Nap Mat or Kinder Mat



10 comments:

  1. Fantastic job! And I love your red chair!

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  2. So cute! I teach Kindergarten so I see many of these nap mats but I have never seen a cover as adorable as this one! Great work!

    Chrissy
    @ Everyday with the Jays

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  3. Where have I been? I've never seen a cover for a nap mat. What a great idea! Yours is so cute.

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

    http://theprudentpantryblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/prudent-project-smart-solutions-linky.html

    Have a great day!

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  4. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know I featured you on Blissful and Domestic today. Stop by and check it out:>

    http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/2012/08/10-fashionable-fabric-projects.html

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  5. Hey there! I love this idea. I'm wanting to do something similar...
    We'll be traveling to Disney World this winter and my kids are too old to use a stroller in our day to day living but we're expecting to need the rental strollers during the week to save little legs. :) I'm wanting to make a seat cushion. I'm thinking of using just half of a kinder mat and then making a cover for that. Any idea on the best way to attach an over the shoulder strap so that it's easier for mom to carry the cushion when not in use? I'm thinking I would attach it near the fold. Just wanting another opinion. :) Thanks!

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  6. This is SOOOO easy! Thank you for the tutorial! I’m on the hunt for a nice fabric NOW so that I can start this project!

    Gretta Hewson
    Veritable Fishing Lodge Alaska Information

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  7. Hi!! I have a friend who has a income daycare and asked me about a year or so ago to make her some kindermat pillowcases and I have put it off that long. This is perfect and now I don't have an excuse.... Thanks :)

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    1. Sorry that was in home not income lol. Your social media buttons cover much of the left side of the text box on a phone along w the keyboard... Oh well. Thanks again.

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  8. So very cute! My grandson is entering Preschool & his Mom asked me to help -thrilled I can help

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