Toddler Dry Erase Coloring Placemat

Make a wipe clean dry erase coloring placemat for toddlers using Iron on Vinyl.

 

I'm so excited because a friend of mine is having a baby!  That might not usually be such an event, but here in the Cayman Islands, we all have to have a work permit to be able to live here, and children usually aren't allowed on your visa except under certain limited circumstances.  Everyone is single or childless couples so babies are uncommon.  My friend/ ex-work colleague/ yoga instructor already has a little boy and now another little one is on the way.  It gives me the perfect reason to start thinking about sewing for the little ones and the challenges that might bring by working in miniature.

For now, while the bun is still in the oven, I thought I'd start putting together a few ideas so I've just opened a new Pinterest Board – Sewing for Babies. Not much on it just yet, but I'll be adding more content as I scour the web for the best ideas, tutorials and inspiration.  You'll see me trying to recreate some of these ideas over the coming months.

Sew waterproof coasters, made using iron on vinyl.Today, something for her son Harvey.  Do you remember I had a go with sewing with the Iron on Vinyl when I made my husband some Waterproof Can Coasters for his dripping cans out of the fridge?

I asked if you all had any other ideas for how it could be used and there were so many good ones.  Then when I was in my local Pizza Hut, there were some particularly obnoxious screaming children spoiling the ‘fine dining experience'  for the rest of us and the staff brought them over some coloring sheets and crayons to keep them occupied / shut them up!  And inspiration struck.  Another chance to try out the Iron on Vinyl!

How to make a dry erase coloring placemat

A quick inquiry to Mom revealed that Harvey likes both Postman Pat and Thomas the Tank Engine.  I downloaded coloring sheets from this site, and then printed them in reverse on Avery T-Shirt Transfer sheets.  I added in some text to make it personal.  Remember to mirror image your picture and text when you print it because it will be reversed when you fuse it onto the fabric.

Make a wipe clean dry erase coloring placemat for toddlers using Iron on Vinyl.

A word of warning.  If it's your first time using the transfer paper, practice first on some small pictures like I did with the Postman Pat before attempting to do the full page like Thomas the Tank Engine.  Once you get the hang of the heat and pressure needed, you'll be fine.  My iron did spit out some black stuff which made some marks on the fabric, but that was my silly fault for having a crappy old iron.

Make a wipe clean dry erase coloring placemat for toddlers using Iron on Vinyl.

Once I had the graphics in place, I ironed on the sheet of Heat N Bond Iron on Vinyl.  It's easy to apply and makes a nice smooth surface.

Make a wipe clean dry erase coloring placemat for toddlers using Iron on Vinyl.

Then I trimmed the pieces to the same size and spray basted a piece of batting in between.  I couldn't use pins because it would leave holes in the vinyl.  Thank goodness for the Clover Wonder Clips.Make a wipe clean dry erase coloring placemat for toddlers using Iron on Vinyl.

I cut a length of binding and sewed that around the edge and it's finished.  Works beautifully with dry erase markers, he can color and scribble as much as he likes and then just wipe it off again. Perfect to use at the table.  I hope he likes it.

Make a wipe clean dry erase coloring placemat for toddlers using Iron on Vinyl.

Make a wipe clean dry erase coloring placemat for toddlers using Iron on Vinyl.

The vinyl might also be great for making wipe-clean baby bibs.  Perhaps this can be a future project for the little one on the way.  We're still waiting to learn if it's a boy or girl so I've not made any plans or bought fabric yet – but soon.  I'm really quite excited to have a go at sewing some cute stuff.

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p.c. b.
p.c. b.

i like all their shares..I am so doing this for my toddler nephew! Thanks for sharing.

Carolina da Selva Morinaga
Carolina da Selva Morinaga

I love your tutorials, thank you for sharing. But it made me really sad when I read “particularly obnoxious screaming children spoiling the ‘fine dining experience’ for the rest of us”.
It makes me think how sad it is for a mom to judge another child as obnoxious instead of empathizing with the parents that probably all they wanted was also to have a fine dining experience, and now they are just embarrassed by the judgmental looks of other people and thinking they are terrible parents. When in fact, they are not– kids throw tantrums and it’s our job as parents to empathize with other parents, it’s our duty to help them if we can.
How about looking deeply into that mom’s eyes as if you were saying “I know what you’re going through”. Or how about distracting the obnoxious kids so fellow mom there can have five minutes to finish her food?
I hope I made my point about how powerful our words can be, especially when they are publicly posted on the internet, and also how powerful our empathy and reaching out a helping hand can be.
Keep it up!

Mayra Cecilia
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Hi Carolina, as the mother of two now teenage kids, I can certainly understand what you’re saying. I know the author of this article didn’t mean any offense.

cucicucicoo

Oh my goodness, what a great idea! I’ve never used transfer paper (and I have a laser printer, so I’d need to use someone else’s printer), but it sounds amazing! 🙂 Lisa

Kristy
Kristy

This is such a great idea! I am a novice sewer, so am wondering if you can explain how to properly sew on the binding?

sherryann112

Deby, did you put vinyl on the binding too, or just don’t worry about it?

angela rowe
angela rowe

I love this idea. Is the Heat N Bond Vinyl the GLOSS one? It doesn’t look like it’s Gloss in the photo but I am hoping it is as I can’t seem to find any Matte in it

sherryann112
Reply to  angela rowe

I used the gloss, it came out perfectly and the dry erase crayons show up great, just wash off with a damp paper towel. I made a double-sided mat with stiff fusible interfacing in between. Deby, there a way to post a pic?

Sherry Kelly
Sherry Kelly

I have been searching and searching for a way to make a coloring placemat out of the Dear Stella dress me fabric. Thank you so much. This will be perfect!

Rose :: finecraftguild.com
Rose :: finecraftguild.com

Oh my goodness, baby things from you??!! Well, i have to say its a cute placemat.

Alicia @ Felt With Love Designs

I LOVE this idea! I am going to have to try it too. My daughter loves to color. This would be something easy (and environmentally friendly) to take to restaurants as well! Thank you for sharing!

I just started a “baby” board on Pinterest as well. I have some neat ideas on my “sewing” board too. Adding yours!

Here are mine:

http://www.pinterest.com/feltwithlovedes/baby/

http://www.pinterest.com/feltwithlovedes/sewing-machine/

Alicia @ Felt With Love Designs

I am also collecting free stuffed animal patterns (I noticed you had several stuffed animals pinned to your baby board)

http://www.pinterest.com/feltwithlovedes/stuffed-animals/

Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods

Oh I could have used this when my children were little. Wait… I bet my kids would still love using this dry erase coloring placemat!
Pinning to our party board!

Clare Swindlehurst (@SuperMommyClub)
Clare Swindlehurst (@SuperMommyClub)

Oh wow I love this idea so much! Need to go out and get me some iron on vinyl! This will be perfect for us to take on holiday for the flight and the restaurants!

Pam @Threading My Way

Very clever, Deby!!! It’s bound to get LOTS of use.

Pam @Threading My Way

Featured today, Deby…

Kristina & Millie
Kristina & Millie

super cool idea!! love it and think the bib idea might be cool too. Have a super sunny weekend!

suzy
suzy

this is a pretty cool idea! probably my 4yo daughter would disagree, though, and steal my cellphone to “color” on. maybe the baby will like it when she gets a bit older lol.

Remona Gopaul

I am so doing this for my toddler daughter! Thanks for sharing. Your tutes are the best!

misha
misha

This is a great idea! I’ve been approved to adopt a baby here in South Africa so I’m frantically surfing the net looking for easy to sew baby stuff

Awbrey
Awbrey

Do you think regular Vinyl, like a shower curtain, would work for a changeable page dry erase mat? Just making a pocket and the front would be vinyl.
I’ve been thinking about getting some iron on vinyl to make a diaper and wipes clutch that unfolds into a changing mat.