See Kate Sew partners with Gugu Guru once again to share a fantastic DIY tutorial. This time? A DIY circular playmat. This tutorial features Tranquilo Mat. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win one of these soothing, sleep miracles at the end of this post.

I’m excited to be back on Gugu Guru today with a new baby and a new sewing tutorial! You can check out more sewing and crafts at! Today’s tutorial is a circular playmat that you can whip up in an hour! This playmat is great for throwing on the floor for tummy time and stashing in a diaper bag for outings. We use this playmat paired with the Tranquilo Mat to make tummy time pleasant for everyone! You can read my review of the Tranquilo Mat over at See Kate Sew today and download the free printable pattern for this playmat!

I used high contrast fabrics for the mat and it’s reversible! The high contrast will keep baby’s attention which I always find to be calming for them! This playmat finishes about 3′ across, which is a perfect size for a newborn baby. I’m guessing we’ll be able to use this until she crawls! I added a fringe trim around the edges which gives it a fun, modern twist!


-1 yard cotton fabric
-1 yard cotton contrast cotton
-1 yard batting
-2″ black fringe trim
Free Pattern download


Use 1/2″ seam allowance.

Download the pattern pdf and print off the pattern piece at 100% (DO NOT SCALE). The file will print on 6 pages. Trim the extra space around the pages and tape them together like this:

Cut out the pattern piece.

Fold 1 yard of fabric in half longways and then in half again the other way so you have a little corner of fabric. There will be fabric folds on two sides of the fabric. Place the pattern piece corner (where it says ‘6’) right on that corner and pin it to the fabric.

Cut out 1 piece from each fabric and 1 piece from batting.

Pin the batting to the back of the front fabric.

Pin the fringe trim around the front piece, with the fringe facing towards the middle of the mat.

Lay the front and back fabric together, with right sides together (the batting will be on the back of one of these pieces). Sew together at 1/2″ around the circle, leaving a 4″ opening for turning.

Turn the whole thing right side out and press the edges well. Then topstitch 1/4″ from the fringe. Add a little X of stitching in the middle of the mat to keep the layers together.

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