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« on: September 05, 2010 12:19:20 AM »

I just thought I'd post some pics of a Dino playmat that I made recently for the Ongoing Wish Swap.

I started with this tut but then kinda modified it from there.http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/10/how-to_dinosaur_play_mat.html

I made the base a large circle, cut out shapes for the water, grass, rocky areas, attached them with heat bond, and then stitched them down. 

The volcano and cave came from the tut templates.  Except I made a base for the volcano and cut it to be curvy to add some shape to make slopes.  I decided to use tulle for the lava...I wanted something that would stand up a bit but also wouldn't fray or be able to be pulled apart with rough play.  I found some red and orange rolls in Joanne's 1$ bins and decided it would be perfect.  The top is just strips of varying lengths cut with a pinking blade. glued and then sewn down really well to a strip of felt that was then sewn to the inside of the volcano.  I took some of the longer strips, twisted them together, and stitched them to the side of the volcano to make the lava flows. 

Bushes are fern-like shapes cut out of various material and appliqued to felt.  Then the leaves were sewn together and attached to a wooden disk.  The disk was wrapped in green felt to hide it and help contain the leaves. 

The trees are several pipe cleaners twisted together and wrapped in brown material for the trunk.  The leaves are just oval felt shapes cut out and then another narrow strip of felt sewn along the center to create a 'rib' and give the leaf a bit more strength.  Then I just cut along the sides of the oval to create the fronds.  Base is another wooden disk.

Finally I backed it with some dino fabric and put in a drawstring so it could be closed up into a bag like this:


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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2010 03:04:30 AM »

A very cool version.

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2010 08:15:15 AM »

this mat is so stinking awesome!!!!  aria loves it very much and gets it out frequently to play with it.  her favorite part is the water and her dinos stop often to quench their thirst.  thanks so much for making this for her.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2010 08:49:57 AM »

This is awesome! I just bookmarked it because I would love to make something like this for my son for Christmas! You did an amazing job on it!

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2010 11:25:45 AM »

That is so awesome! I was such a dinosaur-junkie when I was a kid. I would have loved this. Heck, I would still love it! I do love it  Grin
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2010 02:01:04 PM »

This is so great, and beautifully made as well.
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2010 06:21:58 PM »

This is too cool!  I love how you did the leaves on the fern push.  Definitely gives me some ideas for my tree spirits.  This playmat rocks!
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2010 06:44:51 AM »

Wah!  I wish my boys were still little!  This is so cool~
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