This felt playmat turned out better than I had hoped!I am so excited for this coming week! My parents arrive from the US tomorrow and then on Thur. we are heading to Thailand for the week. Bryan has off for Spring Break and Easter, so we planned the trip with my parents! We are also meeting up with some friends who live in Cambodia for a few days. They have a beautiful little girl around Jacks age... I wanted to make something special to give her, but no way could I finish a quiet book on time (or have all the materials, yet). So, I thought I would make her a single page book, in the form of a playmat. I took the apple tree from the quiet book and the garden from Homemade by Jills felt house. I took many of the ideas she used for the garden and put them on this mat. So, here's what I came up with this week. Ally's Garden!
It rolls up and buttons for travel.
Here are some pictures of the "play" features of the garden.
The flowers are in pockets and can be taken out and moved around.
The carrots are also in little "dirt" pockets. I put a pipe cleaner in the middle of each carrot to make them stiff.
I put pockets on the corn stalks and the cobs of corn have a pipe cleaner in them.
The lettuce, sun and one cloud are Velcro. The carrots, corn and lettuce can be picked and put in the basket next to the garden.
The apples are going to be snaps (can also be picked and put in basket), but my snaps are arriving with my mom tomorrow night. I plan to quick sew on the three snaps and have it ready when we fly out the next morning! I didn't want to wait to post the blog, so this is the without snaps picture.
I attached the tree to the background with a neat bark pattern. When all the felt side was done I put a flannel backing on it and just did some ties to "quilt" it. You can see them in this picture. (green and blue) I put a flannel (pink) edging around the mat to finish all the edges, and..... finished!