Upcycle Blankets and a Yoga Mat Into a Soft Playmat

Big props to reader Becca who came up with a clever solution (requiring only "middle school sewing skills") for keeping her early roller son safe and comfy. She shares: My son started rolling just before I was to return to work and he was to start daycare. (As a pediatric therapist I might have helped this along, but I like to think he was just advanced.) The problem was he leads with his head. I did not want our little bean banging his bean on the industrial carpet floor all day.

I searched for a non-overstimulating, durable, washable, inexpensive playmat to no avail. Then inspiration struck during yoga one morning...he needed his own mat. So, I took two receiving blankets (let's be honest, I had received more than I would ever use) and broke out my middle school sewing skills. I sewed the two blankets together, leaving a small opening at the bottom so I could take the yoga mat in and out to wash it. I added some ribbon loops along one side for texture, some more loops to attach to toys to the middle, and a felt "A" and heart to make it a little more fun. I cut the yoga mat to size, slipped it in, and let him try it out. It works perfectly to protect his head, without being too cumbersome in his classroom. I think he likes it!

Thanks Becca! A great idea for young kids heading off to daycare or for your own living room.

(Images: Reader Becca M.)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.