Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kinder Mat Cover

When my granddaughter needed a Kinder-Mat and cover for Preschool, my daughter bought a cover for $30.00 plus tax. I was shocked at the price! I told her to return the cover, and I quickly made a cover out of leftover cotton-blend fabric! My cost = $0.00!! The look on my granddaughter's face when she viewed the finished cover - PRICELESS!

Ms. Nancy's Notes: 

  • The dimensions given are for a basic kinder-mat (19" x 45" x 1"). 
  • The cover is a little "roomy", allowing for folding and for the mat to go in and out easily. 
  • The pattern can be easily altered to accommodate a different size mat. 

1-1/2 yards fabric (cotton or cotton/polyester woven)
Matching thread

Cut a rectangle of fabric 45' x 52".

Cut a rectangle 22 1/2" inches x 5" inches from one side and discard. Cut a 6" slit on the fold line.

Turn under both top edges 5/8" and press. Turn edge under 1/4 " and sew a narrow hem. 

Narrow hem

Fold flap to inside.  Fold fabric, right sides together, with flap inside.  

Pin and stitch 3/8" seam on long side and bottom, leaving top open.  

Sew a 3/8" seam on inside cut opening. 

Serge or zigzag stitch all seams.  Turn mat cover to the right side and press. Flap will now be on the outside. Insert mat, and your Preschooler is ready to go!

Completed Kinder Mat Cover
(Size appears distorted
due to camera angle.)

Nancy's Notes:

  • I used leftover fabric, but if you need to buy new, it takes approximately 1- 1/2 yards of 45" fabric for this project.
  • You could also make this cover out of a sheet!
  • You could also sew different pieces of fabric together like a "Crazy quilt"!
  • Try making different covers for different holidays.
  • Cotton or cotton/polyester woven fabric works best.
  • Measurements may need to be altered depending on the size of your Kinder-Mat.

Let's take a nap!

This "Kinder Mat Cover" works great with my "Upcycled Blanket/Towel for a Kinder Mat"!

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  1. This is exactly the cover I've been looking for to make for my grandson's preschool but i'm curious about the mat size. What size nap mat does your cover fit? I will be making covers for 24 x 48 x 1.5 inch mats that are folded (with the cover on) when not in use.

    1. We used a standard size kinder mat for this. It was a little "roomy" but allowed the cover to go on and off easily.