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« on: December 13, 2010 07:56:48 AM »

This is a present for my niece, who I must really love because this has taken forever to make! Tongue

I was talking to a friend about what to make Amelie for Christmas and she suggested a farm play mat. It's perfect for her because my sister takes her to visit a city farm regularly and she always picks up new toy animals while she's there. Plus her grandad drives a tractor for a local farm, giving tours for all the visiting children.

I knew I had to make it in this style as soon as the idea was there. It makes perfect fields that fit together to make a really textural mat. I wanted it to look like fields on a farm, but leave some room for interpretation so she could use her imagination, so I've not sewn anything too detailed, apart from the pond. The purple dotted/bobbly field is lavender, because there's a lavender field she visits.

There's lots of different textured fabrics, including some upholstery fabrics and some woolly soft pompom trees. It's nice and soft to sit on too! It's actually a lot flatter when it's not on grass (clearly our grass needs attention Wink)...but I quite like the bumpiness of the fields in these photos, it looks more natural to a real landscape.

I was so excited to find these handmade reforestation maple animals. You can reposition their legs and heads! *sigh* I could play with them for hours Wink

I added her name to this bag to keep her farm animals tidy.
I wish this weren't a plastic tractor, but I didn't find a suitable one that wasn't, and it has a driver so she can pretend it's grandad.

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I'm so excited to see if she likes it now. Fingers crossed!

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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2010 08:04:19 AM »

This just fabulous! I love all the details, the hedgerows and fences. It's really amazing.

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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2010 08:23:32 AM »

That is seriously awesome.  I'm now hoping my younger DD loves to play with farm animals, so I could try making one!

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2010 09:37:07 AM »

What a lucky niece you have! She is going to be thrilled to receive this. The colors and textures are so neat. It reminds me of flying over Eastern WA state - the view from the plane looks just like this! 


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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2010 10:23:58 AM »

This is wonderful!!  I am all for encouraging creative play - the animals are just perfect for it too!

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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2010 10:27:27 AM »

This is fantastic! I'd love to play with it! I'm sure your niece will love it.
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2010 10:34:39 AM »

Hands down one of the coolest creations I've seen on Craftster. It clearly represents an impressive amount of work and time. Incredible!
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2010 11:30:01 AM »

This is simply amazing!
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2010 11:48:09 AM »

this is brillant! oh i'm already hoping i can try and make one for ds' 3rd birthday next year, he's a total farm boy!

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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2010 11:59:17 AM »

I'm betting she's going to love it! It looks like a blast to play with.
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