I'm not the most creative person. Or the artsiest. Or the best sewer. Or the craftiest. And I am not, it turns out, a perfectionist on everything. But gosh darn it, given enough time and Pinterest help and grace on imperfections, I made this sucker!
Ellie won't get it until after Sam is born, but I'm really excited to see how she likes it. She's watched me work on it some and wants to play -- but I told her it's a special thing for when she's a big sister :-)
I'm not a tutorial person, but I'll link back to my original inspiration for each page...
These are just sticky felt letters from Hobby Lobby I sewed over two layers of felt.
Left: Mailbox (flag goes up and down, front flap opens to reveal "letters" inside. Inspiration
Right: Road. Mail truck can "drive" on the road and visit the houses. Inspiration
Left: Dress up doll. The doll is sewn in; all the clothes are separate. Inspiration
Right: Clothesline with clothespins; "washing machine" that can store clothes. Inspiration
Left: Noah's Ark. Animals store inside the ark (it zips) and snap in pairs on the boat or water. Inspiration
Right: Rainbow sequencing. The cloud is a pocket to store the pieces. Inspiration
Left: Tent flaps open to reveal a picture of Ellie camping. The marshmallow sticks are loose so she can "roast" them. Inspiration
Right: Picnic food stores in the basket. Inspiration
Left: Barn doors open to reveal pig, chicken and cow finger puppets. Inspiration
Right: Garden. The beets and carrots can be "planted" and "harvested." One of my favorite pages! Inspiration (I just cut slits in the felt instead of button holing and it works fine).
Left: Petal number matching. Inspiration (I used a paint pen for the outlines and the numbers, and didn't use Velcro. Ellie isn't ready for number sequencing yet but is getting good at identifying numbers, so I wanted this page to be a little easier for her).
Right: Butterfly building. Two sets of top wings and bottom wings, and lots of pieces to decorate. Good for practicing symmetry! Another favorite of mine. Inspiration
Left: Shape matching. Inspiration
Right: Puzzles. There's the flower (four squares), an apple ("jigsaw" pieces) and a fish (strips). They store in a pocket behind the flower. Inspiration
Left: Puppy. She can hook and unhook the collar and leash. Another favorite of mine even though pup looks slightly crazed :-) Inspiration
Right: a generic pocket for any pieces that want to fall out. Let's not even talk about how not-straight this guy is.
The major thing I would have changed is learning to use my button-holer to make button holes instead of just hole punching! I may get around to it at some point, since some of the holes seem likely to tear.