This project has been along time coming. So long in fact that I've decided my kids aren't getting it until Christmas. It will be my Christmas present to them. Santa doesn't get all the glory.
And now that it's finished, I'm glad I let it take a while....because it meant that it grew, and evolved and I changed my plans a few times and have come up with a gift for children that is not only fun, but practical and has a functional element.
You see, I'd been wanting to make a little farm mat for some time.
So I combined those two projects.
I used felt for the actual farm mat. Added some rather random-ish items that kind of look like a barn, a lake, a house, and a flower patch with some scraps and roughly sewing them on. The little barn roof even opens up!
The matt is backed with some lovely bright fabric (which I could also use that way facing up as a little picnic blanket...) and with some rope threaded through the many button holes....
The farm animals and farm machinery are proudly brought to you by IKEA. They were just too good an opportunity not to snap them up, and they love their new hand made environment. I'm pretty sure I did hear a conversation between the Mr Goat and Mrs Pig that they were so glad not to have to put together a flat packed barn!!! Yes those allen key's are a so difficult with hooves and trotters!
It makes this mat a cinch to pack up.
Now before you pack up and go - head over to a load full of creativity....