Activity Mat for busy bees

playing on activity mat with carsI have two little busy bees at home!  Every now and then we enjoy going out for breakfast or for dinner. As we all know, sometimes  it can be challenging to keep them occupied while waiting for food or when we are still eating. Sandy from Frollein S asked me if I could create something out of her chalk fabric and I immediately got the idea of the activity mat which I can take with me when we go out.Chalk Diy Activity MatThe mat is reversible! I used jersey fabric on one side and the chalk fabric on the other side. This way the boys play with their cars on the streets or draw on the other side with chalk!playing on activity mat diyThe kids are fascinated and entertained for a while. At some point we had about 8-10 cars on the mat and Liam yelled “Crash” all the time 😀diy activity matElliott is learning to write his name and the ABC’s, so he prefers the chalk fabric now. He practices writing his name. Liam likes coloring and doing anything his brother is doing– he sits down every day and colors – coloring books, blank pages, not blank pages, walls, himself etc. 🙂  He is the artiste’! diy chal matabc did activity matI’ve sewn big pockets on the chalk side this way we can add cars, chalk, cards, trains or shapes to them.  pocket diy activity matI also added elastic to the side seam and a button to the mat , hence I can fold the sides and roll it up and use the elastic to close it. Once rolled up it fits in my purse or backpack. The mat is super light even with all the pockets filled and not super bulky. rolled up diy activity mat chalk and streetrolled up activity mat with chalk fabric and jerseyJust a tip when you create your own mat: Add stabilizer to the jersey or at least the corners, this way it doesn’t stretch when sewing. I used a clean kitchen sponge to remove the chalk, you can scrub the fabric no problem.

Let me know if you need some help or send me pictures of yours and I will post it to the blog!

Fabrics by Frollein S and Pattern by me

 

Quiet Book for the little one

I had planned to finish the quiet book for Elliott on his first birthday, but I didn’t manage to do it, I didn’t realize how much work this book would be. I finally finished the book a couple weeks ago, being at home did give me enough time to sew.

quiet book front page

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quiet book side view

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On the second page I created little cars, which are moveable back and forth.

quiet book first and second Apage

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quiet book page - movable car

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I’ve asked Tim, my parents and Tim’s parents to write a text for the book. I also wrote some words, wishes and thoughts for Elliott.

quiet book page -personal text and picture

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On most of the activity pages the tiny details are handstiched – for example on the next page I handstitched the dog to the page.

quiet book and dog and removealbe balls

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quiet book and dog

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I added valcro to the back of the ballons which are attached to the page with a ribbon and to the front of the color matching ones, which are appliqued to the page itself. I ironed fusalbe fabric to the back of the ballons and zigzagged stiched them.

quiet book and dog and removealbe balls

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quiet book and dog and removealbe balls

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Elliott and his best buddy Daddy. They always do silly things together and do mischief. I love this picture of them from last summer.

quiet book - Daddy and Elliott

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I added ribbon around the text from my parents, which was attached on the Elliott’s birth presents from my parents. The text on the ribbon says: “From me to you with Love”.

quiet book - grandparent's page

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The next page is my favorite. I created the octupus because we went to the Seattle Aquarium on Elliott’s 1st birthday. He loved every minute of it and we had such a great time. To see the facination of the fish, the animals and water in his eyes was just amazing. That day was just so special to me and Tim.

quiet book octupus and fishing net

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quiet book octupus and fishing net

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The fish are made out of felt and are hand embroidered on one side and glued together. I used tull to create the net and attached a ribbon on the back so it can be closed.

quiet book fish in net

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quiet book fish in net

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quiet book fish in net

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On this page I created and evelope which is sewn to the page and you can take the letter out easily.

quiet book - grandparent's page

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quiet book - grandparent's page envelope

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And this is the last page, I first wanted to add a couple of different mustaches to the page, but in end they were so big, that they covered the whole face. I decided against it.

quiet book last page

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And finally the back page, which is really simple.

quiet book back page

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