It’s time for another Team Timeless tutorial!! This month’s tutorial was designed by Cheryl Bush, a designer, mother of four, and a long time Timeless Treasures collaborator. She created her blog, Sew Can Do, to share her sewing/craft tutorials and projects with other craft enthusiasts, and she also runs both her own online pattern shop, The Green Hedgehog, and a retail fabric store, Heavenly Fabric Shop. You can find Cheryl on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
Cheryl designed this adorable reversible play mat using fabrics from Bunnies By The Bay‘s latest collection, Little Star. We love how cozy her little model looks all snuggled up on it! She even made a matching set of tiny pajama pants with her extra Bunny Bees fabric.
The reversible mat has a sun ray shaped design with an octagonal center.
And it reverses to this cute block side featuring the sweet bunny stripes and polka dots:
We love how the soft yellow and grey palette works perfectly for either a boy or girl’s nursery.
The 32″ square size, combined with the layer of poly batting, gives this project the body and space for use as a play mat, while also still being small enough to use as a crib or stroller quilt.
It also folds up easily for travel:
32″ x 32″
– 1/2 yd Bunny Bees (Bunnies-C6455-Yellow)
– 1/2 yd Shooting Stars (Bunnies-C6450-Grey)
– 1/2 yd Sunshine (Bunnies-C6449-Milk)
– 1/2 yd Smiling Moons (Bunnies-C6456-Grey)
– 1/2 yd Bunnies and Little Ones Grey (Bunnies-C6453-Grey)
– 1/2 yd Bunnies and Little Ones Yellow (Bunnies-C6454-Yellow)
– 1/2 yd Packed Bunnies (Bunnies-C6492-Grey)
– 1/2 yd Happy Bunnies (Bunnies-C6451-White)
– 1/2 yd 11″ Bunny Stripe (Bunnies-C6452-Grey)
– 1/2 yd Dots Yellow (Dot-C1820-Banana)
– 1/2 yd Dots Grey (Dot-C1820-Dove)
– 1/2 yd Dots Silver (Dot-C1820-Silver)
– 1 yd medium loft batting
– Paper, pencil, yard stick, rotary cutter, iron, disappearing marker, mini clips, quilt basting spray, matching thread
Make the following pattern pieces from paper/cardboard for the front panel:
– Cut (1) octagon from Bunny Bees (Bunnies-C6455-Yellow)
– Cut (1) trapezoid piece from each of the following 8 prints, making sure to mirror and flip the pattern piece as needed to make the design pictured below:
- Shooting Stars (Bunnies-C6450-Grey)
- Sunshine (Bunnies-C644-Milk)
- Smiling Moons (Bunnies-C6456-Grey)
- Bunnies and Little Ones Grey (Bunnies-C6453-Grey)
- Dots Yellow (Dot-C1820-Banana)
- Bunnies and Little Ones Yellow (Bunnies-C6454-Yellow)
- Packed Bunnies (Bunnies-C6492-Grey)
- Happy Bunnies (Bunnies-C6451-White)
Cut (2) 16 1/4″ squares from each:
- Bunny Stripe (Bunnies-C6452-Grey)
- Dots Grey (Dot-C1820-Grey)
Along the shortest side of each trapezoid piece (which will match up to the octagon center), mark 1/2″ inward from each corner with disappearing marker.
On the octagon piece, mark 1/4″ inward from each corner.
Start piecing the quilt together by taking one trapezoid panel and, with right sides facing, match the markings on one side of the octagon with the top of the trapezoid. Stitch together between markings. Repeat with the next trapezoid in order on the next side of the octagon.
With right sides facing, stitch together the coordinating side of the two panels.
Note: Stitch sides just up to the stitching of the octagon – do not cross over it. This will keep the seams laying flat when pressed. Repeat this pattern of stitching the next to panels to the octagon and stitching the matching sides until all pieces are sewn together.
Take completed front and press seams to one side and entire panel smooth. Fold in half and trim raw edges to be perfectly square.
For the back panel, stitch the square together as shown, press seams to one side and press smooth.
Flip so right side is facing down and spray with quilt basting spray. Cut a piece of batting 32″ x 32″ and lay it on top of the back panel to attach the layers and smooth out any ripples or wrinkles.
Spray top side of batting with basting spray and place the front panel, right side up, on top and smooth.
Trim off any excess batting around the edges.
Make 1 1/4″ wide double fold bias tape for the edge binding from the Dot-C1820-Silver. Cut 5″ wide strips on the bias. Sew binding strips end to end using diagonal seams to make one continuous piece. Press in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together. Open and fold raw edges toward fold on wrong side and press again. Total length of binding should be 130″.
Starting on one side, sandwich the quilt into the binding, using clips to hold it in place.
Edge stitch all the way to one corner and stop, fold over binding on an angle to miter the corner, and clip to hold it, then stitch along next side. Repeat all the way around and fold under and stitch raw end of binding at end to finish.
Now this versatile quilt mat is ready for little ones to love!
We hope you have a blast making your own! Remember to tag us using @sewtimeless and #timelesstreasures.