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Topic: Super Awesome and only $5! Felt dress-up board: Mermaids, ahoy! img heavy  (Read 17574 times)
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2008 07:48:16 AM »

Incredible and cute! Not to mention a good child idea that is not technology oriented!
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2008 11:10:19 AM »

Incredible and cute! Not to mention a good child idea that is not technology oriented!

TELL me about it! So many toys today take all the imagination work out of it! I refuse to buy noise-making, self-moving toys, unless it's an RC racecar.

And for the earlier question about felt: I had some wool felt from the fabric store, but I found it was more likely to fray on the edges, and is softer; so I don't know how well it would stick to other felt, and I don't know how the edges would hold up (and I'm not the type to hem all the edges of such finicky things like bikini tops!)
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2008 12:41:58 PM »

brilliant!
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2008 12:46:48 PM »

Fantastic idea, I love it!  I may have to tackle this for my daughter's birthday.  (We have all the Christmas gifts done.)  she's totally obsessed with mermaids right now.
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2008 01:13:06 PM »

What a great idea...Awesome job!!! Love all their fab looks!

The ONLY thing that would have made him happier than the mermaids would be if I had created wings and made them mer-fairies (a word he came up with himself when we gave him a mermaid from the dollar store that strangely enough had wings).

Mer-fairies!!! Cheesy Cheesy Makes us think of an episode of Winx Club. Some mer-creatures came above water to have a chat...just when you thought they were going to dive back under, they strangely fluttered away into the sky!
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« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2008 03:08:54 PM »

Just gorgeous! What a great alternative to paper dolls.

And kudos to you, too, for encouraging him in what he loves rather than trying to steer him towards traditional "boy" stuff. I suspect as this kid grows up, he'll really appreciate having a supportive adult friend like you in his life.
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« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2008 03:50:24 PM »

So cool! I have to make one for my daughter, now. And the idea of "rolling up" a felt mat is good, too -- I'm always trying to think of travel-worthy toys. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2008 08:28:29 AM »

Just thought I'd add a note:

I ended up taking the pockets off the front of the board; I realized that his tiny hands may find it difficult to reach in and out of the bags without losing tiny bits. So I bought a box with a clasp at a dollar store, and I'll use the pockets for something else.

Another tip: use a smooth fabric if you make pockets: you don't want the bikini bits and whatnot to appear to be "lost" because they've clung to the inside of the bags. If I did pockets again, I'd use satin with the shiny side-in, so everything would slide out easily.
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2008 10:08:42 AM »

Good point about the pockets. How about just lining the little bits up along the sides or make a felt book to put them in?
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« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2008 07:01:13 PM »

Good point about the pockets. How about just lining the little bits up along the sides or make a felt book to put them in?

I thought about the sides thing, but then I'd need to get felt to make a border, and NO ONE should be entering a craft store at this time of year--you're likely to lose an eye! But I *love* the felt book idea! This gift is really, really adaptable: to different themes, different layouts, etc etc etc, all while staying in that low, low price range. Which is why I really hope everyone remembers to vote for it!  Wink
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