Quite often we are asked for advice on what to sew for little boys. This Ribbon Playmat is quick and fun to make and guarantees hours of creative play. It also packs up nicely for on-the-go entertainment. Make a note of this one for the next time you are wondering what to make your favorite 5yr old for his (or her!) birthday.
Cut 9 – 8.5×8.5″ squares and arrange them 3 x 3.
Sew each strip of three together end-to-end with right sides facing.
it will look like this.
Iron your seams flat. Some suggest ironing them open but I prefer to iron towards the darker color.
Now sew the three strips together. Normally it would be very important to line up the seams but since they will be covered in the next step, it’s not critical.
Iron your “quilt top” flat.
For the backing I used a piece of decor weight striped fabric cut a few inches larger all around. It made a sturdy mat that didn’t require batting or interfacing, however, You can use either if you wish.
Lay the ribbon down along all 4 intersecting points.
I liked the way it looked to “weave” the ribbon layering. I used some striped ribbon from my stash but this narrower striped ribbon from Hart would work well. Maybe in a double row!
Pin the ribbon and all layers in place well. Sew along both sides of each piece of ribbon. Invisible thread worked really well for this project. If you have a walking foot, it wouldn’t hurt to use it for this.
Sew bias tape all the way around the outside of the mat. Here is a refresher on sewing bias tape.
Then roll it up loosely and wrap a piece of ribbon around. Cut your length of ribbon. I kept my pretty tight but if you want to store more cars and blocks inside, you can do a looser strap with a longer, adjustable strip of Velcro closure.