The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011

On April 23rd at 9PM PDT, parents across the United States and the world will be participating in The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011 in hopes to set a world record for the greatest number of cloth diapers changed simultaneously! The financial, environmental, and health benefits of using cloth diapers for babies is phenomenal. Many eco-conscious families are making the choice to use cloth diapers to take advantage of these benefits. And it is becoming easier than ever!

Felt Playground is proud to sponsor two Baltimore area locations of The Great Cloth Diaper Change with a special giveaway! Participants at the Green Spring Diapers & Soft and Cozy Baby hosted event in Baltimore, MD, as well at the Greenberries & Macaroni Kid Annapolis/Kent Island hosted event in Annapolis, MD will all have a chance to win a great giveaway prize of felt vegetables available from my shop as well as a variety of other great prizes!

If you are interested in participating in this historic event, find a location near you or even host a location yourself! It is sure to be a day to remember!

April 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

Something old and lots of NEW!

Wow! What a busy last few months it has been here at Felt Playground! In between fulfilling customer orders, I have been working on some new felt foods for the spring and upcoming summer months! I have also re-designed an old favorite to be more aesthetically pleasing. First off a new carrot top!

  

Long and leafy, like a real carrot!

And now for the NEW! These are some seriously cute play sets, if I may say so.

   

Felt Chicken Dinner and Felt Smoothie/Milk Shake Set

   

Felt Pineapple and Felt Lasagna Play Sets

 

Felt Ice Cream and Felt Pasta Salad Play Sets

I also have listed more individual vegetables, like cauliflower, broccoli florets, garlic, and even a larger than life-size felt olive! All are made with eco-friendly felt and stuffed with bamboo fiber fill.

What a fun and exciting spring it has been so far and more to come in the months ahead!

April 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

“More TeeToes!”

My baby girl is not such a baby anymore. And she loves potatoes. All kinds, and in any form. She could eat sweet potatoes until she’s orange and she still wouldn’t stop. My little 22 month old is definitely growing into a meat and potatoes kind of girl, minus the meat. She’s more like a ketchup and potatoes kind of girl. Or a cookies and potatoes kind of girl…

When thinking of how to make her some “teetoes” for her play kitchen, I came across this great tutorial on how to make potatoes using old pantyhose! How creative of Ikatbag to think of this awesome idea! To see the whole pantyhose potato tutorial, click here.

 

Now my little one can have her teetoes all of the time! I have to say my two little potatoes turned out great and the tutorial was as easy as can be. Just like the felt play foods in my shop, I stuffed baby girl’s with sustainable bamboo fiber fill (happened to just have some lying around 😉  The result – she loves them almost as much as the real thing!

February 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm 4 comments

Valentine Favorites

There is something about Valentine’s Day that just gets me. Maybe it’s something to look forward to after the long dreary month of January (hands-down, my least favorite month). Or maybe it’s all the fun decorations, party favors and pink hearts that make me feel like a kid again! Whatever it is, it sure creates a fun reason to shop! Browsing Etsy.com, I have seen plenty of fun holiday goods for children, and here are a few of my favorites for the season of love! Enjoy!

Decorate your home with this eco-friendly felt circle garland from HomefrontHolidays.

Invite your friends over with these personalized DIY printable Valentines by Chickabug.

Play all day with this adorable and eco-friendly wooden heart puzzle by Just Hatched.

Make your own valentines using these fun upcycled heart crayons by PreschoolDoll Designs.

And dress-up in this lovely pink valentine twirl skirt by Avery Lane.

And of course, the fun, felt valentine goodies available in my shop are always a favorite! What a fun time of year! Happy Valentine’s Day!

January 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm 1 comment

A Felt Playground Valentine

Wow! Where did the time go? The fall and early winter seasons flew by in a blur of felt and bamboo fiber at my house! Time for a new season – winter and all the love that Valentine’s Day brings!  I have added some new additions to my shop. Who can resist chocolate covered strawberries, especially ones made of felt? I make (real) heart-shaped brownies every year for my husband for Valentine’s Day, so I thought I would pay tribute to our tradition and make heart-shaped felt brownies! Enjoy!

Set of three chocolate covered strawberries, $14.25

Heart Brownie, strawberries, and whip cream, $14.

January 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Felt Candy Corn Tutorial

    

For me, fall is the best time of the year! As part of my Felt Halloween Candy Play Food Set at Felt Playground, I created a fun, larger than life-size, candy corn! You can purchase this candy corn already made if you like from my shop,  or if you are feeling crafty, below is a tutorial. My gift to you to celebrate this wonderful time of year!

 

Felt Candy Corn Tutorial

Materials:

Felt in yellow, orange, and white

Sewing machine or needle and thread

Orange thread

Scissors, pins, ballpoint pen,

Iron

Bamboo fiberfill or polyfill

Wooden dowel

This pattern: FeltPlaygroundCandyCornPattern2010 

 

Step 1: Cut felt. Measuring and cutting precisely is the key to success!

– Cut two pieces of white felt 3 x 1 ½ inches

– Cut two pieces of orange felt 3 x 1 ¾ inches

– Cut two pieces of yellow felt 3 x 1 ½ inches

Step 2: Pin and Sew

– Pin the yellow felt rectangle on top of the orange felt rectangle with edges together on the right side.

– Sew ¼ inch from the edge of the fabric, reinforcing both the start and finish.

– Open up the two sewn pieces.

– Pin the white piece of felt to the other end of the orange felt rectangle. 

– Sew ¼ inch from the edge of the fabric, reinforcing the start and finish.

Step 3: Iron

– Iron the sewn material flat.

Step 4: Trace Candy Corn Pattern: FeltPlaygroundCandyCornPattern2010

–  With a ballpoint pen, trace the candy corn pattern on to the BACKSIDE of one of the sewn felt pieces. Allow appropriate yellow, orange, and white proportions to make it look like a real candy corn.

Step 5: Pin

– With finished sides facing in, line up the seams and pin the two pieces of sewn felt together.

Step 6: Sew

– Sew along the traced pattern line, reinforcing back and forth over the yellow/orange seems and the orange/white seams.

– Allow an opening at the top of the yellow portion to turn fabric inside out when finished. Reinforce these starting and stopping points by sewing back and forth two times.

Step 7: Trim excess fabric

– Trim fabric around the traced pattern line, allowing ¼ inch excess.

Step 8: Stuffing

– Carefully turn candy corn right-side out, making sure the corners are fully pushed out.

– Using a wooden dowel, stuff the candy corn with bamboo stuffing or poly-fill, filling the corners first, and then the inside.

Step 9: Finishing

– Using the ladder stitch, sew the opening closed.

Your candy corn is now finished! Try not to eat it! 🙂  Happy Fall!

September 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm 3 comments

Turning love into felt– felt coffee!

Those of you who know me know that I truly cannot live without Starbucks. An obsession that started in college with Heather of Chickabug, we would skip Biology lecture to go to the Union for Starbucks. That was over 10 years ago, and there has been no looking back. Who knows how much money I have spent there, a little sad actually, but you only live once.

So, when I was recently asked by a customer to create a custom felt coffee-house play set for her children, I said yes immediately! Talk about taking an obsession of mine, turning it into felt, and making a customer happy all at the same time – this was like a dream job!

 The coffee-house set is now complete and available in my shop, Felt Playground. It includes one coffee up with a customizable cozy (you can pick the color and what you would like embroidered on it – ie, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, left blank, or add a name (ex- Cora’s Coffee). Also included in the set are 1 dollop of whip cream, 4 marshmallows, a chocolate and caramel swirl, 1 creamer, 1 embroidered sugar packet and 1 spoon. Perfect for making a coffee-house treat just the way you like it!  And how cute would this complement the felt donuts play set also available in my shop? Too perfect!

Happy, happy, yum!

September 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm 2 comments

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