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August 4, 2014

Quilted Drawstring Play Mat - A Gift For a Friend

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A friend recently had a teeny tiny, precious baby girl.  I knew I'd make her a quilt - quilters just seem to do that!  My dilemma was that she herself sews and makes quilts, so I wanted to make something unique and unusual that she wouldn't likely make herself.  Ah ha, I thought, I have just the pattern on hand - Tickle and Hide's Drawstring Playmat.
Quilted Drawstring Play Mat / Toy Bag
Reversible, no less.
Quilted Drawstring Play Mat / Toy Bag
Draw up the ties, and it's a bag to hold a toy stash ...

Pull out the edges, and it's a playmat!
Quilted Drawstring Play Mat / Toy Bag
I have been watching Strip Your Stash, a Craftsy class, and learned a simple technique for creating straight seams on strip sets like this.  It worked like a charm, and my strip sets were straight even before ironing and remained that way.
I ♥ the 3D look of the backing fabric!
Quilted Drawstring Play Mat / Toy Bag
There is a layer of batting between the two layers of fabric.  Somehow the batting scrap that was inside of a fusible batting bag in my closet was not fusible, and so as not to waste it since I had already cut the six edges, I had to pin the layers, which is not normal for me.  I use fusible batting for baby-sized and smaller quilts and regular batting on the long-arm for lap size and larger.  

To quilt the playmat I used my walking foot and the wavy stitch as wide and long as possible, stitching on both sides of each seam.  I survived the pins but once again confirmed that I ♥ fusible batting!
Quilted Drawstring Play Mat / Toy Bag
I now know why Tickle and Hide sells these quilted bags for $152...!!!  There are a lot of steps to the binding and drawstring sleeves!  
Quilted Drawstring Play Mat / Toy Bag
Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Drawstring quilted playmat by Tickle and Hide on Etsy.
  • Fabric:  That luscious fabric is a Technicolor Strip Roll by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller, along with a few Kona Solids, a Flower Sugar by Lecien, an Amy Butler print, and a Happy Tones print.  
  • Size:  40-ish inches across
  • Batting:  100% cotton
  • Backing:  Technicolor Cubix
  • Binding:  Kona Pink
  • Drawstring and Sleeves:  Technicolor print
  • Value:  Uniquely one-of-a-kind and so practical!

Linking to: 

Fresh Poppy Design Sew Fresh Quilts Needle and Thread Thursday
Let's Make Baby Quilts June 2015


jeifner said...

Looks great!

Lorna McMahon said...

Oh, Myra! This is just perfect! What a great idea for a new baby who's mom is a quilter. This play mat is darn cute! Thanks for explaining about the double binding and sleeves. I was wondering how that would go! Beautiful job!

Cari said...

That is so cool! What a great gift! I've been wanting to try wavy quilting like that. I'm not sure if my sewing machine will make the stitching that wide.