Nic really loves whole milk. So much so that he’s gone off purees—he’d rather just suck down a huge bottle of cow’s milk. In an attempt to make purees and other spoon-fed foods fun again, I’ve decided it’s time for Nic to start feeding himself. I knew this would be a messy proposition and that my unsealed hardwood floors wouldn’t be able to take it.
So, I went on the hunt for the perfect splat mat for under the high chair. I wanted it to be big and pretty. I couldn’t find the perfect combination, so I decided to make one for myself.
What you need:
- Oil cloth/laminate fabric. I ordered mine from Fabric.com and they have an awesome selection, from old-school patterns to modern designs. My fabric was 54 inches wide and I ordered 1.5 yards.
- Sharp scissors
- Yard stick
Oil cloth has the wonderful characteristic of not fraying. So, like felt, it does not need to be hemmed.
Your mat will be ready to go in just a few easy steps:
- Unroll your fabric on the floor, good side down. My oil cloth came with unfinished sides and the ends were cut a bit unevenly, so I had to trim each side. At first, I tried to do this free-hand, but it didn’t work out at all.
- Use your yard stick and marker to draw straight lines for cutting on each side. Make sure to mark the “wrong” side of the fabric.
- Cut along your lines. Again, keep the fabric good side down—it’s much easier to cut this way.
- Roll out your one-of-a-kind mat under the high chair and admire your work!