Recently, I did a guest post over at Saved By Love Creations for a quick and inexpensive project. Now I'm going to share it with all of you, just in case you missed it!
Often, we create out of necessity. Having children usually kicks that into overdrive, especially babies and toddlers. I know all of you mothers are nodding your heads in agreement.
We very recently transitioned our 20 month old son to his big boy bed. Foster is very tall (like his Mom & Dad) and could escape his crib. Needless to say, it was time to switch!
We put his bed together, popped in the new mattress and made up the bed for the night. It was then that I realized I didn't have a protector for the mattress. I thought... "he should be fine for one night... he probably wont leak his diaper".... wrong! First night and the mattress was christened. Gah... I should have known better.
The next day, I made a trip to my local dollar store to get some supplies. A 30x30 inch blanket from the baby section, and a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth from the kitchen aisle. I couldn't resist the cupcakes! I was now armed with everything I needed to make my own, $2 mattress protector. Yes! $2! And even better, this project took only 15-20 minutes to complete. A do-able nap time project indeed. Here's how!
Spread out the table cloth and lay the blanket out over top of it. Cut out the table cloth so it is an inch or so larger then the blanket, all the way around. I had enough table cloth left over to make a second mattress protector. It's always good to have a back up when one is in the wash.
Pin the back side of the blanket and flannel side of the table cloth together, folding under the table cloth so it ends up with a finished looking edge.
Sew the... wait... take a few minutes to fix your broken sewing machine :( Luckily, I was a repair technician in a past career! Not of sewing machines mind you, but I figured it out!
Sew the fabric together all the way around. I used blue thread so you could see what I was doing, but you may want your thread to blend in. In the end, it's going under the bedding, so nobody will really see it.
I added extra stitching in a grid pattern across the fabric so that it wouldn't shift or bunch up while on the bed or in the wash.
Done! A crinkle free, soft mattress protector for your toddlers bed. The table cloth side will keep things dry, the blanket side will absorb any leaks, keep the pad from shifting under the bedding and make it softer to lay on. (Use it blanket side up).
This would also be great to take on an overnight trip to slip under the bedding. I'm sure your friends / relatives would appreciate it!
For washing, I recommend cold wash, hang to dry. Remember, sunshine is the best bleach.