Wipeable Art Mat for Kids

By Stefanie of Girl. Inspired. for I Heart Nap Time.

Wipeable Art Mat on iheartnaptime.comSummer is here, the kids are out of school, and my list of summer crafting is loooong.  These wipeable art mats are perfect for all of your kids’ summer crafting.  Kids can paint, sprinkle glitter, smash playdoh, and spread shaving cream!  Messy art projects can be cleaned up so easily with a quick wipe of the art mat or a rinse in the sink.  With just a few supplies, you can sew one of these mats in any size you like!

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Let’s get to it!

Supplies:

  • Oilcloth – two pieces measuring 18″ x 25″ each (or two of whatever size you’d like)
  • Double Fold Bias Tape (you will need enough to go around the perimeter of the oilcloth) – I used quilt binding bias tape, which is wider.
  • Spray adhesive
  • Teflon foot for your sewing machine (optional!)

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1. Cut two pieces of oilcloth to the size desired – one for the front and one for the back.  Place one piece of oilcloth right side down on a protected surface (preferably outdoors).  Coat with a layer of spray adhesive.  Place the other piece of oilcloth, wrong side down on top of the spray adhesive (so wrong sides together).

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2.  Smooth front and back pieces together and trim any excess around the edges.  Trim to straighten the mat.

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3.  Open bias tape and sandwich the edge of the mat between.  Hold the bias tape in place around the perimeter of the mat using binder clips to avoid pin holes.

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4. Create mitered corners by wrapping the bias tape squarely around the corner and then tucking the excess tape into the fold to form a 45 degree angle – see the pictures above.

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5.  Be sure to tuck the bias tape on the backside of the mat in to create a mitered corner there as well.  Hold the corner with a binder clip.

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6.  Time to sew!  Stitch the bias tape around the perimeter of the mat.  If you do not have special equipment to sew oilcloth, you will need to keep your presser foot on top of the bias tape.  I lined up my presser foot with the inside edge of the bias tape and then set my needle all the way to the left to sew as close to the edge as possible without allowing the presser foot to get caught up on the oilcloth.  You can also gently pull the mat through the sewing machine from behind as you sew to keep things going.  A longer stitch length can also help.

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7.  As you get back to the starting point, trim the excess bias tape, leaving 1/2-1″ of overlap.  Fold the raw edge under as shown.

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8.  Fold the bias tape back down and overlap the raw edge of where you started.  Finish stitching the remaining bias tape.  Backstitch a few stitches to secure the thread.  That’s it!

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That mat is ready for craft time!

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Rinsing shaving cream off this mat was a breeze!!  Happy crafter, happy mama!!  I can tell already we’re going to get a lot of use out of these mats this summer!  I hope you’ll pop over to Girl. Inspired. to see the other fun projects we’ve been working on!

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Thanks friends!  Have a wonderful summer!!

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Stefanie

Stefanie Knaus blogs over at Girl. Inspired. where she shares sewing projects and tutorials, her latest adventures in cake decorating and sugar consumption, and any sort of DIY crafty thing she can squeeze into her day. She loves throwing parties and decorating her home with a little vintage and a lot of homemade.Stef and her husband are raising three little girls on their “farm” in Northern California. She loves dance parties with her girls, laughing with her husband, hoarding fabric, photography, and, of course, coffee! Stop by Girl. Inspired. and say hi!