He just celebrated his 1st birthday, so I wanted to make him a special gift. Also, I am expected our second baby in November, so I have been thinking forward to how I am going to keep him entertained and happy in our basement playroom while I am sitting here nursing a baby. This is what I came up with:
Most of us have seen the road rug you can buy. I always thought there rugs were such a genius idea. Well, in an effort to both save money and make ours special, I made my own.
2 yards of green felt
1 yard of black felt
Various Felt scraps
LOTS of fabric glue
Yellow puff paint
There really isn't much skill required in this construction. I started by hemming the two yards of green felt I used as the background and rug itself. Then I cut out the various houses and landmarks I was including. After the houses and landmarks were assembled, I glued them to the green rug. Then, taking long strips of black felt (about 2 inches thick) and pieced together the network of roads. After all was glued (and I really used a lot of glue) I added yellow divider lines to my roads with puff paint.
It was a lot of time crawling around on the floor, but overall, not that overwhelming of a project.
And, as I said, I personalized this rug. Unfortunately we have lots of family scattered not only all over the country, but all over the world. I am worried about my children having a close relationship with all of these family members. I hope that this rug will give us the opportunity to talking about family more and get Gus excited about the trips we take to see them.
Here are the places I included on my rug:
As our family grows I know there will be some new locations to add, so I am happy there is room on the rug to do that.
And that's the project. I hope my little guy enjoys it and it keeps him entertained during those long winter months.