This looks more complicated than it is. Which, in my opinion, is the best kind of sewing project out there.
I bought the alphabet fabric – a kind of faux patchwork called ‘Letterbox’ – from kidsfabric.co.uk, and backed it with a thin layer of wadding and another layer of fleece. I sewed the three layers together by following the edges of the ‘patches’ in vertical and horizontal lines. Then I used a bit of bias binding to neaten the edges of the finished playmat.
And voila! Roughly the same effect of a more standard stich-all-the-squares-together-first patchwork quilt, but with more time left over to watch The Great British Bake Off. What’s not to like?
My nearest and dearest seem to be popping out babies left right and centre at the moment. I swear it’s catching. After the very girly baby shower a few weeks back I had two more to go to last weekend, which meant two lots of gluten-free cupcakes (I love Doves Farm’s recipe with lemon icing) and two more taggie blankets. I’ve just finished another new baby gift – a playmat – but I’ll save that for another post in case the new mum spots it on here before I have time to give it to her (because of course she’ll have time to sit and read my blog…)
I think that’s a total of 6 baby showers now – including my own last year – and I’ve seen some lovely handmade gifts at each one. A couple of friends are great at making nappy cakes, another made a beautiful patchwork quilt, and another a gorgeous crochet blanket. I’ve made so many taggies now that I think it’s high time I found a new ‘speciality’. I’ve started a board of crafty baby shower ideas on Pinterest, but if anyone else has any bright ideas please give me a shout!