This week we have a fabulous tutorial from Emily of Strawberry Patch Ramblings! She’s created an adorable playmat that draws up into a bag so you can carry your toys on the go or tidy away your play area instantly! Here it is in our homepage photo as a playmat:
Arrange triangles into a hexagon layout.
Sew three segments together to give you a half hexagon.
Repeat with the remaining segments to give you the second half. Press seam allowances.
Join the two halves, this time pressing the seam open to reduce bulk.
Layer the patchwork front and backing fabric with the wadding to make a quilt sandwich. Pin into place or spray baste using 505 basting spray.
Quilt as desired. I chose to echo the six segments of the hexagon with some evenly spaced straight line quilting.
Take one printed strip and one solid strip and place RST.
Sew down the two short sides, backstitching at the beginning and end.
Turn the right way out and press flat, then press in half along the length.
Repeat until you have made 12 of these units.
Finishing the bag
Bind using your preferred method.
I like to use a 2 ½” straight strip binding machine sewn down onto the back of the playmat and then hand sew down onto the front.