Homemade Farm Play Mat
I recently posted a picture on facebook of the girls playing with this farm play mat that we made for them a couple of years ago for Christmas. A lot of people wanted to see more and asked if I had written a post about it. This was long before I started my blog so unfortunately I hadn’t. So, I thought I’d take a few pictures for anyone who was interested to see more. The girls love this and play with it quite often still. And it’s extra special because it was made with love by us! The homemade Christmas we did was great, and I loved giving the girls special things that were made especially for them. Now I’m starting to think about what I could make them this year! I had better get started.
Here is the whole play mat. My husband actually designed it! I had a lot of other things to make so I enlisted his help in designing this one. It was really very simple. I would definitely not call myself a sewer, and am more of a make-it-up-as-I-go-along type. All we did was go to Spotlight and find lots of different kinds of materials that could be used for different things. The background is thick felt. You can see it has been well loved and has started pilling, which I expected to happen. That’s ok, I think it just makes it look more like grass.
Once we had cut out all the pieces, we stuck them on with fabric glue to hold them in place and then I stitched around them.
Field of flowers.
Lake/dam with a rainbow bridge and buttons for little stepping stones (and more textures).
We used embroidery thread to sew on some little dots to look like grains for the chickens to peck at.
Paddock for the cows.
Some mud for the pigs to roll in.
The wooden animals we have can be found here.
When everything had been sewn on, I added another piece of felt to the back and stitched all the way around! And that’s all there was to it.
Tell me, what have you made for you kids for Christmas? I’d love some more ideas for this year!
Love your farm mat! For my sons first birthday his nana made him a fabric car track mat that has pockets to ‘park’ the cars. It all folds up nicely so we take it with us when we go out. I’m thinking I might make a magnetic fishing set out of felt for Christmas (that is approaching way to quickly!!!!)
Oh that sounds awesome!
Yes! The same year I made a fishing set too. It is still well loved!
Your mat is lovely 🙂
We made a knitted mat and animals together with a timber barn last Christmas. I loved the process of making something for my children – so much more satisfying than buying things.
The previous year, I made my daughter a doll. I am thinking of making another doll this year for my youngest (birthday)
We have a timber play kitchen in our mind for Christmas this year. Should be fun 🙂
Beautiful ideas! I made a couple of little dolls too. Actually I think I might make another doll for my youngest. Thanks! I agree, so much more satisfying.
Thank you for posting these photos. I have added this play mat to my list of things to make for Christmas this year. I am also going to try and design a zoo version.
I’d love to see it when you’re done!
You are simply TOOOO much. That is so precious! I am waiting for grandchildren (eventually) for whom I could copy some of your fantastic ideas. If I’m not totally demented by that time. Were you this artistic as a kid?
lol, thanks Katharine. You know, I don’t think of myself as artistic at all!! I think having kids is teaching me to be a lot more creative.
I had very good intentions to make a similar play mat for my kids years ago. I bought some different fabrics but mine have been content to play with the loose squares as they can keep changing things around each time. Your mat is lovely though, makes me think I should go ahead and make one for them to play with.
Thank you! 🙂
You’re so creative! I love home made gifts!
Thanks Caitlyn 🙂
Beautiful and useful. I love home made gifts!
Love your play mat. I used it as inspiration to make one of my own and am thinking of making them for 2 of my little nephews 🙂 thanks for sharing