Friday, March 25, 2011

{Jungle Playmat Update}

You may remember the Felt Jungle Playmat I made a while item that has been played with and played with again by my almost 7 year old. She loves to create scenarios with her Schleich animals, and over the last few months she has accumulated several new ones. We decided this week that the original was just getting too crowded, so lastnight I added on.
Here is the original:
You can read more about it here.  I am very happy with it, but the animals had completely taken it over!
I had several large pieces of green felt leftover, so I decided just to add on to the existing mat. 
Here's the new addition:
I added a stream, a field of grasses, and an ostrich nest with eggs (since she recently bought a mother and baby ostrich). I also just left open space for grazing, playing...whatever the imagination can brew up.;)
 For the nest, I randomly cut a rectangle and just started rolling the sides into a circle before hand stitching it down.
 For the grasses, I have found it's easiest to take one longer strip of green, snip inward on both sides to make the grass, then sew it down the middle. You can fluff them with your fingers. Here are the rhinos enjoying grass. :)
 And here's the stream. I was using small squares of blue felt, so I pieced this one together. She has a few real rocks that she usually adds to it, so maybe she'll cover that up.

So I took the new piece and sewed it to one end of the original. I wanted to work with the felt I had and not buy more, so this worked best. She rolls this up when she's not using it, so it's easy to put away when she needs to. I wouldn't use felt with a baby (not conducive to washing!!), but for my almost 7 yr old, it's great.
Here's the final version...maybe. Unless we add more someday. :)

The top half is the original, and the bottom is the new piece.

Whatcha think? I'm starting on another one this evening, for a different ecosystem of animals.
I'll post it, along with yet another version, very soon!
(Can you tell I get addicted to one project and make several??!)

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  1. Oh my gosh, what a great idea! I've seen car mats, but never one like this! Awesome!

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  2. This is AWESOME!! You have inspired me! I made my first car felt mat recently...still need to blog about it...but I really love this idea! I love the three-dimensional aspect to it!


  3. Thanks for sharing this post at For the Kids Friday at Sun Scholars. This week's party is now posted. I'd love to have you share with us again this week!

  4. So cute! I've seen the car mats everywhere, and this is just one more thing I can't wait to make for Baby C when he's old enough to play with it!! It reminds me of playing playmobile with my siblings when we were little! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!! :)


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