Activity Mat for busy bees

diy chalk mat for toddlers

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

 

Travel Blanket

Paddinton in Paris and Egypt

I’ve sewn a couple blankets for Elliott, and one of them is his favorite. So far the blankets all have been just little square Baby blankets, which start to be a bit tiny for him. So it was time for me to make him a new blanket. Especially for the plane ride I wanted to have a bigger blanket.

Paddington the bear fabric traveling
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I bought this awesome Paddington the bear cotton fabric last year, which shows Paddington all over the world. The perfect match for a travel blanket. At that time I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it, but I had to have it.

Paddinton in Paris and Egypt
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I also bought blue mink fabric for the backside. So it would be soft and cozy for Elliott.

Skyline Cologne Germany
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I added the Skyline of Cologne to the front, because it’s my home town and was our destination. The Paddington fabric did not have a reference to Germany, so I had to add my own. I ended up putting cotton batting in between the cotton and the mink, so it would stay nice and warm.

travel blanket paddington fabric
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The blanket stays super warm, I know from experience at night. When I sit with Elliott in the rocking chair. We have used it also in the stroller to stay nice and warm,

Bandana {All about the Baby}

Boy in handmade Mustache bandana

It’s Baby Time again! This year a couple of my friends either just had a baby or are expecting. Soo exciting! And for me just another reason to try new things and sew more.

mustache fabric
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I bought this super cute mustache fabric and created a Bandana for the boys. One is for Elliott and the other one is for the newborn boy of my best friend at home in Germany. The one for the newborn is actually a little smaller than Elliott’s, otherwise he would just get lost in it.

mustache fabric and bandana
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Elliott is usually drooling away when he is teething and I just dislike putting a simple bib on him. He always wears Bandanas. Some of the Bandanas are actually from when I was a kid. It just looks cuter than an bib which you use for food.

Boy in handmade Mustache bandana
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The fabric was a fat quarter and I just cut it diagonal. For the back I cut up a plain white T-Shirt. The T-Shirt was new and free and I didn’t like the logo on it, so I would have never worn it anyway.

Boy in handmade Mustache bandana
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Again I used my new Serger, so easy and simple to create this. I top stitched only the top part of the bandana to close it.

Boy in handmade Mustache bandana
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This is a perfect project for any person who is either using their Serger for the first time or want to start sewing. When you start sewing for the first time, I would suggest to use flannel for the back instead of a knit jersey (T-Shirt fabric). Knits just roll up so easily and it gets frustrating to sew it on a normal sewing machine.

Boy in handmade Mustache bandana
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