The other day, I finally made a farm felt board for my one-year-old daughter. This idea had been in my head for too long, and of course, I had already looked for ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and Etsy. We headed to the craft store and bought a 16″ x 20″ canvas, a 36″ square piece of felt, and assorted colors of 9″ x 12″ felt. The total cost was about $10.
That afternoon, after I put my daughter down for her nap and got started. I chose to cut everything freehand, but if you’d prefer, you can easily Google-search for templates. Also, I don’t sew, so I used hot glue.
First, I cut all of the pieces for the barn. I figured that if I couldn’t make a barn that I liked, then I’d consider my project a bust, and most of my supplies would be able to be re-purposed or returned. Luckily, I loved how my barn would look, and I was off to a good start!
Next, I cut the pond, tall grass, two trees, 10 “apples,” and the sun.
At this point, I still hadn’t glued anything together, and it’s a good thing that I didn’t. I laid everything out on the canvas and realized that most of it was too big. I had no room left for animals! I could have bought a bigger canvas, but I was happy with the 16″ x 20″ size I had already bought, so I just trimmed everything down. (FYI, the barn now measures approximately 9″ by 9″, the pond is 7″ wide by 4″ high, and the trees are 7″ and 8″ high).
Eventually, I got the courage to get started on my farm animals, including a cow, horse, pig, sheep, chicken, two ducks, and two bunny rabbits. These were the most challenging part, but I kept reminding myself that I was making them for a one-year-old, and she would either love them or hate them, regardless of how they looked.
I put everything in its place, and ta-da, I was done! It’s far from perfect, but I’m happy with how it turned out.
Now, I can’t help but brainstorm my next felt board, or maybe I’ll try a “Quiet Book.” There are so many fun ideas to try!