Friday, January 28, 2011
Travel Felt Play mat
Before Christmas, when I actually thought I'd make my kids mostly homemade gifts, I came across this idea to make roll up play mats. Coincidentally, Hazel was getting 7 plastic Hello Kitty dolls for Christmas and she already had two. The two came in a plastic travel case/play house (which broke days before I got this idea). I didn't have enough time to make it for Christmas, but I decided it would be worth it to make one before our big trip home to give her something to do on the plane.
First, I cut out six squares of fabric measuring 11" by 11" (3 pieces of felt, 3 pieces of cotton fabric). I sewed three pieces together to make the back (between two of them, I added a piece of bag strap to make a handle). I sewed on a Hello Kitty button of course to keep it closed when she's not using it.
The remaining three pieces were for the front play area. I decided to make a bedroom, a playground, and an eating area for her kitties to play in. I alternated between fabric and felt on the front and then the opposite for the backside. First, I cut out squares of fabric and sewed them on to make the beds (perfect use for cute scraps you just can't bear to part with). Then, I used felt for the table and playground. Once all the "accessories" were sewn onto the pieces, I sewed them together:
Then, I cut out another piece of felt and sewed it on over the zipper, it was a rectangle shape and not even edges, who cares, felt doesn't fray and Hazel will never know.
Then, I cut out a piece of scrap very thin quilt batting the size of the three squares sewn together and laid it down. I put the front piece on top of it, facing up, then I put the backing on, with it facing the front of the top:
I pinned a hair tie in the center of one of the side edges (to use as a latch to close it). I pinned all the edges down and sewed around the whole thing, leaving a four inch opening.
After sewing, I pulled the whole thing right side out through the opening, then pinned it closed, and sewed around the edges to give it a more finished look.
Nine little kitties all snug in their beds:
Waiting for their dinner:
Swinging on the swing:
Hanging out at the park, we have a slide, hopscotch, a bench to hang out, a pond, a trampoline, a tree for picnicking under, and a swing.
And, maybe the zipper pocket is her favorite part of "Kittyland".
All rolled up and ready to go: