Make a nap mat as cozy as his own bed.

How to Make a Toddler Nap Mat

by Rosenya Faith

To make your little munchkin's naptime extra special, consider making her a cozy nap mat. Use soft and colorful fabrics for this snooze-time accessory to help her easily drift into dreamland. Having a nap mat can help establish a regular naptime routine so your toddler can get the rest she needs to carry on with her busy day.

The Nap Mat

Cut a 1/4-inch foam piece into a 36-by-40-inch rectangle.

Roll out your fabric and cut an 81-by-37-inch rectangle. You can use a fleece fabric for a warm and cozy nap mat, or a cotton blend if it's warm outside.

Fold the fabric in half to make a 40 1/2-by 37-inch rectangle. If you've got a patterned fabric, make sure the pattern side is on the inside because you don't want your stitches to show. Sew along the 40 1/2-inch sides with a straight stitch about 1/4-inch from the edge.

Flip the fabric right side out so your pattern is on the outside and the stitching is hidden. Slide the 1/4-inch foam into the open end of your fabric. Tuck the fabric edges inward at the open end -- and sew a straight stitch along the edge to close the foam inside.

A Nap Mat Pillow

Cut a 37-by-37-inch piece of fabric for your pillow. You can use the same fabric for your pillow as the mat if your little guy's a stickler for coordination -- or mix it up for a colorful naptime accessory.

Fold the fabric in half with the pattern on the inside and sew along one short and one long edge. Flip it right side out and stuff it with polyfill until it's nice and cozy for your munchkin's head. Tuck the fabric edges inward at the open end and sew the end closed.

Lay the pillow at one short edge of your mat and pin it in place. Sew along the edge of the pillow to attach it to the mat.

A Nap Mat Blanket

Cut one more piece of fabric for your little guy's mat. Make it a 41-by 37-inch rectangle. If you want to double up the blanket to make it warmer, cut an 80-by 37-inch rectangle instead, fold it in half -- and sew.

Fold 1/4-inch of fabric all the way around the outer edge, and then fold over another 1/4-inch to give you nice, clean edges. Sew the folded edges in place.

Pin one edge of the blanket along the side of the mat, starting at the bottom of the mat. Sew along the pin line to attach the blanket to the mat for easy nap times.

Items you will need

  • 1/4-inch foam padding
  • Fleece or cotton blend fabric (at least 4 1/2 yards)
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Sewing pins
  • Polyfill pillow stuffing


  • For a more decorative blanket, cut a piece of satin bias tape that's long enough to make it around the bottom, top and one side of the blanket. Sandwich the blanket edge in between the tape -- and sew all the way around to attach the tape and embellish the blanket.
  • For easy travel, sew a piece of ribbon to the top of the nap mat. Roll it up and sew another ribbon to the spot where the top meets the rest of the roll. This way, you can keep the mat neatly rolled up with a pretty little ribbon bow.


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About the Author

Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.

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