I love SoftSpot. It's a really cute, light, round, portable play mat for your baby. You can use it at home, or fold it up and take it to the park, the babysitter's, Grandma's—anywhere you travel. It's about 4 feet in diameter, and it's water resistant, stain resistant, tear resistant, and easy to clean. It's great, but I don't have one and I'm not buying one.

Why? SoftSpot costs $119, and you really need to buy a cover for it (the CoziCovers are super cute), and those go for $39.99. That's just not in my budget right now.

It seems like the kind of thing that could be pretty easy to make, especially if you're a creative type like Cafe Sheri or one of the CafeMom Etsy Moms. I'm not that skilled—at least without a pattern. So I'm putting it out there to all of you.

How would you make something similar to SoftSpot? Do you have any clever ideas for other cute do-it-yourself play mats?