Actually it is both. Surrounded by lot's of fabric I was debating on what to try next. And of course being a knitter and a crocheter you can always use something to block your small items on that is also portable and can be rolled up and stashed in your knitting bag, Of course there is one more option.... a changing pad for a baby. The outside is a pretty decorative fabric and the inside is cotton. It has quilt batting between the layers and a pretty silk ribbon for tying it up when not in use. Can be used for quick ironing small projects too.