This is Oscar's playmat - basically his favorite place to be and where he spends a lot of time. I was given the playgym, but wasn't fond of the design on the mat. I had seen my friend Jessica's brilliant patchwork playmat and knew I had to make one too. If this thing is going to sit in the middle of the living room for months, it might as well look good! It was pretty easy to switch out - I put together the patchwork squares into a large square, backed it with some quilt batting, then stitched it onto the straps where the previous mat had been. That way I could keep the straps with the snaps that hold the sides together when you want to fold it up. This was the first sewing project I finished after Oscar was born. It felt like such a triumph!