Friday, October 1, 2010

stuff your stockings saturday: mini play mat

Sisters Jeanine and Amy are the co-creators of everything crafty over at Serving Pink Lemonade.  Today for this edition of Stuff Your Stockings, we are welcoming Amy from the crafty duo.  Welcome Amy!

How exciting to be over here at twelve crafts till Christmas!  Thanks for having me Elizabeth. I've loved seeing all the other stocking stuffer crafts so far.  So many great ideas out there.  And Christmas is just months away.  Can you believe it?

Over at Serving Pink Lemonade my sister and I share the fun things we do with our kids.  You can find crafts, homemade toys, activities to keep your kids entertained while traveling, learning games, songs and stories, book recommendations, free templates and more.  We would love for you to stop by sometime.

Today I'm going to share with you a mini play mat that I made for my kids.  They're 8 1/2" x 11"--which makes them the perfect size to roll up and stick in a stocking and they're also great to bring along in the car or when traveling.




First I drew up a template. I made it the mirror image of what I wanted the end result to be.
(Click to enlarge)


Once I was satisfied with my template I placed it right under my Wonder Under and traced the different parts onto it.

I then cut around each piece. I purposely didn't cut on the line at this point. It makes it easier when cutting out the felt.

I then placed each piece on the color felt I wanted . . .

and ironed it on. I always use a press cloth when doing this. It keeps my iron from getting ruined and protects my project from melting from too much heat. Always spray a little water on your press cloth before you iron.

I then cut each piece out on the line. I find it's best to wait about an hour after I've applied the Wonder Under before I peel the backing off. If I try to do it right away it's hard to peel, but after I've given it some time to cool it come right off.

After you have all your pieces lined with Wonder Under and cut out . . .

You're ready to assemble your picture on the blue felt. Once everything is lined up and where you want it cover your project with your press cloth, spray a little water and get those pieces ironed on.

I did mine is phases, ironing and securing on the bottom layer first and then ironing the others after that.

I then trimmed the excess blue felt off, added a backing, and did a zig-zag stitch all the way around to bind them together.

All Done . . .

And ready for some serious dinosaur play!
Hope that makes sense. It really is an easy-peasy project. All you have to know how to do is trace, cut, and iron.

And for those of you who don't have dinosaur lovers in your home, here are some mini car mats that you can also find over at Serving Pink Lemonade.  They can be made using the same concept as the dinosaur mat.  When you make all four of them they can be arranged together to make one big mat.
Hope these help inspire you to make a homemade Christmas. 
Thanks Amy!

I was so inspired by Amy's felt project that I added this to the list of things to make for my nephew's busy bag.  And just for fun I made an extra mini-car mat for your chance to make it or win it. 

Here's how you can win your own 8 1/2 x 11 inch mini-car mat:
**Leave one comment for each entry.**

1)  Be or become a follower of twelve crafts.

2)  Be or become a follower of Serving Pink Lemonade.

3)  Link up an idea/stocking stuffer to the stocking stuffer idea page

4)  Help promote Stuff Your Stockings Saturday by posting the button (code on sidebar) on your blog or on the stocking stuffer idea that you linked up.

5)  Leave a comment with your favorite item to put in a stocking. 

Giveaway will be open for entries until Friday, October 8, 2010 @ 11:59 PM (CST).

Craft on!

53 comments:

BUSY BEE said...

I am a follower of 12 crafts - busy bee

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April said...

So cute-I am a follower of 12 crafts!

Lu said...

Such a great idea! I just discovered wonder under and I think it is now my favorite material. Amazing stuff.

Oh, and I'm a twelve crafts follower.

Lu said...

And I've got the stuff your stockings button

Lu said...

Favorite stocking item: the orange in the toe of the stocking. I'm not sure what it is about Christmas and oranges, but that's my favorite part!

Jami Schoettler said...

I love this! I'm a follower!!

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stephaniegiese said...

Cute! I'm a follower!

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Brook Holden said...

I am a follower of 12 crafts!
brookt_99(at)yahoo(dot)com

Brook Holden said...

I am a follower of serving pink lemonade.
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Brook Holden said...

My favorite "stuff you stocking" is the puzzle blocks. But I do love the playing mats. I'm def making some for my boys. But trying to figure out one for my daughter.
brookt_99(at)yahoo(dot)com

Steph said...

That is super-cute! The dinosaur one is awesome.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

SUCH a great idea! Adam has dinosaurs on his Christmas list, so a mat would be perfect. And how fun would it be to make four different "fields" so he can learn which implements are for which crop?!?! Too cute!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Oh, and I follow you. :)

Ule said...

Very happily a follower of 12 crafts! Thanks for the continued inspiration! I'm trying to think of a mat for a girl now too...

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Kristin said...

I am a follower!

Jenny said...

I am a follower of Serving pink lemonade!
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Anonymous said...

I like to put those giant peppermint sticks in stockings.
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Sarah Sherman said...

i am a follower of 12 crafts!

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Sarah Sherman said...

I am a follower of serving pink lemonade!

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Sarah Sherman said...

I love to put a handwritten letter to my child each christmas in their stocking. they may not like it now but they will someday!

Amy Jean said...

count me in!

Lyndsey said...

I am a follower of twelve crafts. Cute car mats! Wittygrl19 atyahoodotcom

Lyndsey said...

I'm a new follower of Serving Pink Lemonade. Such a great blog!
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Förskoleburken said...

I am a follower of this wonderful blog!

Förskoleburken said...

I am also a follower of Serving Pink Lemonade!

Förskoleburken said...

I linked up at the stocking stuffer idea page!

Förskoleburken said...

I love to put some kind of game in the stocking, e g a memory game.

cjameliamom said...

I'm a follower of 12 crafts!

Kristin said...

I follow Serving Pink Lemonade too!

Diana said...

Wow. Absolutely brilliant idea. This is something that i can make for my grandsons.

JJ said...

I'm a follower of Twelve Crafts!

JJ said...

I'm a follower of Serving Pink Lemonade!

Auntie Louisa said...

I am a follower of twelve crafts.

Auntie Louisa said...

I am a follower of Serving Pink Lemonade.

Auntie Louisa said...

I linked a tutorial for washcloth bibs for little droolers to the stocking stuffer idea page.

Auntie Louisa said...

I added the Stuff Your Stockings Saturday button on your blog sidebar and on the stocking stuffer idea that I linked up.

Auntie Louisa said...

I like to put tangerines in stockings.

Chelsi said...

I follow Serving Pink Lemonade!!!

Chelsi said...

I follow Twelve Crafts Till Christmas!!

Chelsi said...

We always put a pack of gum in the toe of the kids stocking.

The Homespun Loft said...

Very cute crafts--I am your newest follower- Please come follow me back and try to win my give-away. I found you on trendy treehouse

Michele said...

I want to make one of these mats sometime for my son (he's only 10 months right now though). Thanks for the info.

And, I just became a follower of 12 crafts until Christmas.

Michele said...

I also became a follower of Serving Pink Lemonade.

Michele said...

My favorite stocking stuff that I receive are lottery tickets. It's the only time I ever "play" the lottery. But, that's not crafty.

Anonymous said...

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Is this possible?

Anonymous said...

I would like to exchange links with your site twelvecraftstillchristmas.blogspot.com
Is this possible?

Papgena Made It said...

I'm a follwer of 12 crafts and Serving Pink Lemonade, both!
We don't have the tradition of putting staff inside of the socks (I use them just for decorate), when I was a child we put our shoes on top of the oven in my grand parents house, each shoe with the name of the owner, and all the presents were put on the top of the shoe or around of them, it was beautiful!

juli said...

I am a follower of 12 crafts! Great Blog! Thank you!

juli said...

I follow Serving Pink Lemonade!

juli said...

My husband and I love to put oranges in our kids' stockings! That is one of our favorite traditions.

Lori said...

My favorite item to put in a stocking is a scratch ticket (lottery ticket). My dad used to always put those in our stockings, so I'm carrying on the tradition. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Anonymous said...

I follow serving pink lemonade!
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annemarie said...

My grandson would absolutely love this. I love to put little games in stockings such as card games, flash cards etc. - anything to keep little ones busy!!

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