The feeling of natural textiles have always appealed to me. The stiff weight of a denim button down, or the drape of a silk scarf, the smooth twist of merino wool. As a child, playing with my hair is what helped to soothe me to sleep. Learning is easier when I can do, and feel and touch. So naturally, when Julian started showing signs of the same thing, I was not surprised. Come to think of it, my mother is the same way too. I would watch and listen to her talking on the phone in the kitchen, and she would be doodling the whole time. Church was always difficult for me to sit through as well, with out having something to play with, to keep my fingers busy, I couldn't really focus. So, I want to be able to encourage Julian to learn and experience the world in the ways that help him to understand it best. When I found this tutorial for a felt memory game for the babies, I could not pass it up. I want to add that this is my second ever sewing project and it took quite some time, it was very very tedious, but perfect for just learning how to sew! I made ten sets in girly florals for Omi and ten sets in bold graphics for Julian.
Fun right?! I know that right now they are a little young to be able to actually "play" the game, but I am hoping that they will be able to try and match the patterns and learn the colors. I really enjoyed the process, even though it took a long time to cut out all of the pieces, iron on the interfacing, cut out the frames, and sew all the pieces together. This would be a great gift for a special baby in your life, or even for older children, or you could use them as little baby coasters, since that is what my husband thought they were. My mother suggested embroidering sight words on them so that the children can arrange little sentences and sayings, maybe when they are older I will do that as well. This has definitely inspired me to look into making more little toys and activities for them, here is my pinterest board with some other great ideas.
In other news, we are back in the city. It never gets old, coming around that bend, seeing the Sears Tower and all the buildings, still makes my heart flutter a bit. By the way, did you know I am doing a give away over on Prairie Hen? Check it out!
Thanks for reading,