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Friday, January 28, 2011

DIY Felt Play Mats: Construction & Trains

We've been lucky enough to do heaps of traveling over the past month and a half. First, we took a road trip down south to the most amazing beaches. Then we took a trip North of Sydney to the mountains to see Thomas The Tank Engine. And now, K and I are embarking on a 24 hour solo journey from Sydney to Calgary! All this traveling has made for heaps of really super cool awesome busy bags!


Life has been too hectic for me to post them all for you but today I'm so excited to share his very favorite things from them: Felt play mats! This Christmas I made K a Bob The Builder (construction) playmat and a Thomas The Tank Engine (trains) play mat. Both were a huge hit under the Christmas tree and so far have occupied him during all of our traveling. It sure feels like we've taken them everywhere already! 


Ok, enough chit chat. I'm sure your dying to see pictures right? Well as my son says, "TADAAAA!"


To make your own felt play mats all you need is a glue gun, scissors and an assortment of felt. That's it. Easy peasy right? It helps to have a rough drawing of what you want to do first. However, between you and me, I had drawn my designs on paper before I started but the end results were nothing like the original! That's just how I roll. Haha.


I had heaps of fun making them, they only cost a few dollars each and K LOVES them heaps too so definitely a success in my books. I'm thinking I'll try my hand at a few more in the near future so If you have any ideas for cool felt play mats I'd be keen on hearing them. Of course, if you make your own train or construction felt play mat based off my ideas I'd love to see those too.


Happy crafting & happy toddlers everyone! ;)
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I'm linking to these parties.

25 comments:

  1. They are awesome!!! I really LOVE the construction one - we'll be doing a construction theme soon so I may just have to make one of these :-) Thanks for sharing such super ideas - gook luck on your journey!!!

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  2. i added your button to my blog.

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  3. These are terrific Jenn!!! My little guy also loves Thomas and Bob and would love these!!

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  4. No sewing, wahoo! My children would enjoy these too and now my mind is spinning with the possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I love these mats and no sewing is great too! I am learning how to sew but I still need to perfect my skills oh and I have tons of felt!

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  6. The playmats are so cute and nice to take on trips. Here is a felt story board I made. http://www.obSEUSSed.com/2010/08/fun-flannel-story-board.html I'll try to link it up. Thanks for hosting these great parties.

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  7. how fun! :) just found your blog today and I'm loving it so much!

    Rebecca {simple as that}

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  8. Cute! I know these are for kids, but I'd better not let Sexy Nerd see this post. He'd be making an adult sized train mat so quickly!

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  9. Great project! So nice to see you, and thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! And now I know that you're in Australia, which I didn't know, so thanks for that tid bit! Hope to see you again soon and good luck with the long trip!

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  10. wow they look great! And really simple with just cutting and gluing.. perhaps even I could manage it!

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  11. So cute! That construction one is really cool, I'll be bookmarking for later!

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  12. This was a great post!!! I am your newest follower and hope that you will come be a follower at my blog!!! brooke
    brookedouglass@yahoo.com
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

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  13. They look fabulous! I like how you made more than one kind. Tons of fun, I'm sure.

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  14. Those are adorable! My nephew would love the train one with ALL his Thomas trains. Thanks for linking up!

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  15. omg!! my thomas mad 4 year old is going to go crazy for that train mat!!

    come visit my giveaway
    Leigh at The Sewing Diva

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  16. That's a great Tadaa! They're wonderful!

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  17. I will be featuring this tomorrow at Sugar and Dots!

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  18. I made a felt mat to go with a book this weekend. Elle loves it. I could not find yours when I searched in my Google Reader as I I searched for felt car mat. I came across yours again on another blog and it jarred my memory that you did the train. So, I added a link to you on my post. It has been so much fun and I can definitely see more in the future. Thanks! Kerri

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  19. featured this on my blog today

    kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

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  20. Such a great idea, my little girl would love one, thanks for sharing :)

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  21. These are soo flippin adorable.. I can't take it! So much fun for boys! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/04/pink-hippo-party-23.html

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  22. Hi Jenn!

    I have just linked back to this post in my latest post.

    http://allthingschildren.blogspot.com/2011/04/felt-car-play-mat.html

    Take care,
    Georgia

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  23. Loves it!!! It's genius!!! Lightweight and I am pretty sure even I can make this!!! Yay! Yay! Yay!

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  24. Found your blog from Pinterest. Love these felt play mats. Did you do anything to help make them sturdier??

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