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« on: December 02, 2008 11:51:21 AM »

Not entirely sure what to call this! It was inspired by a book from the Eighties that I found in a charity shop and they referred to it as a playmat/catchpatch Smiley I've made it for my 18-month-old nephew who loves farm animals and has a wide selection of toy cars.

It's double sided, with a plastic town on one side and a fabric farm on the other. It could probably do with being ironed on the fabric side but as it's going to be folded and wrapped for Xmas I'm not sure there's much point!


I tried not to make the farm too 'prescriptive' so that he has to use his imagination. We're getting him some wooden farm animals to go with it as part of his present Smiley

Details of the farmhouse and yard:

Detachable wheatsheafs:

'Ploughed' field: (bad pic, and actually brown in real life)

(Why are there always loose threads in Craftster pics?!)

Veg patch:

(with different numbers of different veg for counting practise when he's a bit older)

Town, complete with river, roundabout, shops, park and houses:


The rope around the edge acts as a drawstring to pull the mat up into a bag for storage - and also catches any toys that were on it in the bag - easy tidying!

Also, obligatory WIP + cat pic:

The playmat contains lightweight wadding to make it nice and soft. Hopefully between my nephew and their dog it'll stay relatively clean!! Roll Eyes This was my first major sewing project and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Will update after Xmas Day if it was well received Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2008 11:58:34 AM »

This is really cute and a great idea!  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008 12:07:09 PM »

I love it! Would you be willing to share directions?

Good job by the way! I am sure he is going to love it!
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008 12:35:25 PM »

This is a wonderful project.  Great for any child.

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2008 02:31:31 PM »

I love that this is double sided.  Great idea. 

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2008 03:04:52 PM »

Both sides are great and very inviting for playing. My kids would love it! (And I'd love the easy tidying Smiley )You made some great details on both sides, like the garden and the velcro pieces. How did you do the plastic side? What is the material? Did you draw on it or does it cover a drawing? Is it washable?
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2008 04:07:02 PM »

Great idea! I especially love that it pulls into a bag. Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2008 07:30:42 PM »

It is a really great idea and I am sure it will see a lot of playtime.

I can't tell from the pics how big the removable sheaths of wheat are, but if they are less than 1.75 inches long/wide you might want to consider taking them off and giving them to his Mom to put up for him when he is over 3 as toddlers tend to put everything in their mouth and it could be choking hazard, especially if he is running and falls down and it gets lodged in his throat. 

Here is a link to U.S. gov. guidelines for toy saftey.

« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2008 11:37:12 AM »

Thank you for all the lovely replies Smiley

KMOM13, I tried to take the fact that he's under three into account, so I made the wheatsheafs are about three inches long and about an inch thick. I'm told by my sister that he doesn't put stuff in his mouth all that much but of course she can remove them for the time being if she wants to  Smiley Thanks for the link!

Ruby, glad you like the easy-tidying bit of it! I definitely thought of my sister when I made this, she hates tidying  Cheesy The plastic side is some black PVC fabric that I got as a remnant from my local fabric shop, then sticky black plastic (Fablon-type stuff) for the coloured parts. I basically made it up as I went along rather than follow a drawing. Technically it is (hand) washable, the plastic side is wipeable and the fabric side is just cottons and felt.

krafty119, I will write a tute and post it elsewhere on Craftster and link to it from here Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2008 11:47:33 AM »

I've always loved these things. Haven't seen one for many years. I can see a kid getting years of play from one. So many possibilities. Lots of textures and shapes.
Looks like you used the adhesive type of Velcro. I've had terrible luck with that stuff. It makes things nasty sticky and doesn't really hold. Stick the Velcro together and it comes off. I'm not sure it's necessary if they're laying down anyway.

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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2008 08:08:45 PM »

OOOOH! I would have loved one of these when i was little! (i would probably still love one!)  Wink You did a great job  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2008 08:24:34 PM »

oh, it's fantastic!  The wheat make me squeek - love it!  I've got all sorts of little gaffers running around my house who would definitely be into your playmat.  I think I'd better take your inspiration and make one too when I get a chance.  Thanks for sharing!

« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2008 03:45:16 AM »

Cool project! I might just have to borrow the idea to make something for my nephew for Christmas.


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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2008 07:46:43 PM »

Love it! I think I'm going to have to make one of these for my godson. He'll be 2 in February so maybe for a birthday gift...
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2008 09:10:18 AM »

So, Interested to know, did he love the present??

Looking at the pictures again, I think it'd be a lovely present! Did you draw on the stripes that made up the road?

Can't wait to make one myself!
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2009 02:27:10 AM »

He did love it! My sister set it out in an adjacent room for him on Xmas Day and we didn't hear a peep for a good 15 minutes! He was too busy driving his toy cars around the roads Wink

My sister thought it was amazing too and was impressed with the little details, as I knew she would be - I kind of put them on for her and not him.

She thought the catchpatch idea was pretty cool too, although I think catchpatches are well known in the US no-one over here in the UK has ever heard of one...

The stripes that make up the road are made of little strips of sticky-back plastic, painstakingly applied by hand Smiley

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« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2009 02:45:14 AM »

Great idea!  So many nice details!!  WOW~~~
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