Is it possible to be in love with a book? Because, I think that I am in love with this one. I have been on a quest to learn as much as I can about the Waldorf philosophy of education and I grabbed everything from the library that was even remotely related. A neighboring library sent forth Creative Play and I have been in a dreamy, toy-making state ever since.
I modified the instructions a bit since I used my sewing machine to make the seams on the inside (rather than show off my pathetic blanket stitch). In changing the pattern, I had to modify the dimensions a bit to compensate. (When I get a chance, I'm going to post a PDF of my completed drawings).
I ordered the colored 100% wool felt from here (along with some other fun craft materials). The book originally calls for wool stuffing, but since we live in Florida and wool stuffing can be hard to track down, I subbed some bamboo instead (seems to be another sustainable, antibacterial fiber, although a bit more research on my part is needed). I've used the organic cotton/bamboo batting for a number of quilts and I have been quite impressed with the texture of the fibers.
We also made our own wrapping paper via sponge art. I had a few pre-cut sponges from an art kit and I cut out some other shapes from a house sponge and showed Ronan how to make prints. I think I enjoyed it more than he did because he just wanted to use a paintbrush instead of making stamps. Oh well. He really did enjoy wrapping the present later in "our" paper. And, we think the birthday girl enjoyed it.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's installment of handmade felt toys: the fishing game.