How Would You Make This? SoftSpot


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?

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PoeDu... PoeDunkMae

My mother is actually working on a play mate for my twin boys (We came up with the idea when my daughter was a baby and it's been a work in progress).  My mother loves to crochet.  She has taken the softest yarn she can find, and has crocheted "granny squares" in black, red, and white (because those are colors they say are good for developing babies).  And she's made enough of these to make one big square play mat. 

On the back of each of these squres she'll sew a piece of felt from the craft aisle  to make a "pocket" on some of them that will velcro shut.  In the pockets we can put toys in, or whatever.  The mat will roll up and then velcro shut. 

I can't wait till my mother gets it finished!! However, it's not water proof...and I dunno if I'd want to lay it in the grass as it might leaves stuck to it...but it's good for inside!

You could probably also make a "rug" type play mat of of strips of denim and other cloth and make a thick woven mat, you might even be able to incorporate an old water proof tent material into it to make it water proof. 


RanaA... RanaAurora

Yeah, no thanks.  I'm fine with letting my kid sit on a blanket.

TLC4t... TLC4theworld

I did some thing once for one of my little ones becasue the house we lived in did not have soft carpet.  I quilted a large square.  Before I qulted it thou I water proofed all the pieces so it was easy for me to spot clean.  I also use aplosery fabrics when I made it.  Or just find take a blanket thats easy to wash and out door stuff dont stick to.

nonmember avatar azmommy

I use a mat I bought from costco for around 50.00 and it works well. It is portable. I think it is made to take camping or something. One side is vinyl and the other is cloth. My son is on a ventilator at home and it is a great way to have close contact with him.We lay on it beside him or sit on it and hold him. I love our tile but it made it hard to spend time with our little guy. I change the blankets out on it as needed, would be easy to make a cute cover for it if you needed. I just looked on the costco website and didn't see the mat I bought, but it wasn't too long ago that I bought it.

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