Thursday, 14 August 2014

I've been on a bit of a sewing rampage recently and baby/kid things are quicker (and more fun) to make so here are the fruits of my labour:
a drawstring play mat (using almost all my leftovers of my jelly roll, 
inspired by this and other images on the web)

a cover for my new scissor collect, thanks Sal!

a baby bassinet (inspired by this) with my own version of a mattress and pillow

From 101 Ways to Sew a Metre (let me know in the comments if you'd like a tutorial on it) 
a foldaway apron tote, the ribbon strings are adjustable too

 this has to be my favourite- wings!! (based on this)

 barbie clothes (inspired by this)

 a personalised peekaboo flap thing, (inspired by a similar one on the web), using punch hole pockets as photo holders

This may not look awesome in the photo, but \I'm pretty proud of it considering I made it completely from scratch with no assistance from any tutorials (unlike the other projects in this post)

my ovelocker decided to eat a bit of the neck though...

Brilliant bandana baby bibs (see here to make your own)

 yet more bibs, my friend (who I gave one for her daughter's birthday) said the button closure was really useful as her daughter pulls off velcro ones.

 baby tag blanket

Phew! Well, that kept me busy, I wonder what I shall make next. I was thinking about a cooker playmat...

Thanks to Narelle at CookCleanCraft for the inspiration tutorial on a playmat. This is my first and although it took a while, I'm looking forward to making another, perhaps one like Amanda's

I started off with Narelle's tutorial but as I didn't have enough green felt I chose yellow for the base which actually has come out really well. 

As you can see from the pictures I based most of my platymat on Narelle's (it being my first), but I did come up with Tesco's, a postbox and a football pitch and the question mark flap with a rectangle of a punched pocket to slip a photo in.

Fire station and petrol station.
zoo and hospital (with helipad) 

Tescos and Lake (which is next to the zoo)

 Football pitch and police station - I'm not expecting a riot, I just happened to put the football pitch in the only space left which was next to the police station

Postbox and car wash

construction site (pretty chuffed with this one) and the 'who's there' flap 

 car park (opposite Tesco)

Trees and flowers and hosues (I know they have no windows, I tried positioning them with windows, but it looked too messy)

Narelle's tutorial said to use tacky craft glue. I don't know if that's an american term but I only had PVA, so that's what I started off with. 

Unfortunately, some of the pieces of felt didn't stay stuck and I was really wary of letting a small child loose on the playmat and so decided to sew it all. 

That took another day. Then I used my new overlocker to sew the sides, then it went a bit loopy and I gave up for the moment and switched to a hot glue gun for the outside house sides, tip: this works best when you glue a small line and then press the felt together; I didn't press it to begin with and I think it needs that extra pressure, just when it's at the first stage of drying. I scorched my fingers a little but it was worth it!

annoyingly, my velcro tab went over my nice tree

open one side...

then the other...

And I didn't realise until I had opened it out, but the velcro tabs are hidden by the opened out playmat, excellent!

So, if I made another playmat I would...

  • avoid PVA for felt, it's useless, and definitely not baby-durable
  • sew as I go (each piece, not get a whole section ready, then sew)
  • try and be more inventive with the road system - a roundabout or traffic light system perhaps?
  • I saw someone else who'd used black acrylic paint for the roads which would be very durable (more than felt+PVA anyway)
If you'd like to make your own, follow Narelle's tutorial here.

Feel free to comment/add any suggestions for improvements on future playmats.