Monday, March 28, 2011
The Busy Baby Placemat - Tutorial
Enter ... "The Busy Baby Placemat" A tutorial for all you families that could use some piece and quiet at dinner. This isn't an "original" idea. I've seen things like this around the internet. But, mine has lots of rings and dings that will surely keep baby happy for years to come. This thing has a chalkboard on one side with two holders for chalk, and an eye-spy mat on the other. Either way you use it it's wipiable and has 4 rings to attach toys, silverware, etc. The top of the mat sports two suction cups to adhere it to the table and it has an elastic strap with a snap to keep it all rolled nice and neat in your bag.
Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc.
Oil Cloth (or any other wipiable fabric)
Clear Vinyl - Mine is nice and thin. You don't want anything to stiff.
Chalk Board Fabric - You can find this online as well as most fabric stores.
70 2" Eye Spy Spuares - lots of different fabrics here... use up that stash of quilting cottons!
Fold Over Elastic (FOE) - Not necessary, but it's what I used. You could substitute with regular elastic
4 D-Rings - Again not necessary. You could just attach ribbon and then clip on regular toy leashes.
Single Snap or Velcro
2 Suction Cups - Mine have a loop on top so I could thread 1/4" elastic through. This allows the suction cups to be flipped over so the mat can be used on either side.
Step 1: Cut out 70 2" quilt squares for your "Eye Spy" side of mat. Arrange them on a table in a pleasing fashion and then sew them together using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Step 9: Prep your chalk board by rubbing chalk all over it really good. Wipe it off with a dry or slightly damp cloth.