I have a few things I want to make for gifts this Christmas. The picture above is my plan for a play mat for the little one (from Santa). I'm going to make it in four sections.
The first section, the red oval, is going to just be a mirror (one of those child safe ones) propped up on a triangle pillow that will attach to the mat with velcro. When I say "propped up" I actually mean permanently attached to the triangle pillow. The reason it will be attached to the mat with velcro is so the mat can be washable. I'll also put some fabric loops where I can attach toys with those rings you get at the store.
The second section, with the blue rectangles, will be little flaps that cover pictures that I can remove. I'm going to make some kind of pocket with clear vinyl so I can just slide them in and out. This idea, to have pictures of family on the play mat, is pretty much what's driving me to finish it, because I'm pretty sure it'll be a big pain and I'll regret not just buying one. I'll probably be clinging pretty hard to how cool it will be that the mat is customized with our pictures.
The third section, the pink square, will be kind of a fabric touch book. Burlap, fur, minky, fake leather, etc. I'm not sure if it will be a book, I'll have to see what works. Whatever happens, that quadrant will be about the sense of touch.
I'm unsure about the green circles right now. It will be about the sense of sound. A squeaker, a bell, crinkle flaps, more fabric loops to attach things that will make noise, etc.
I'm putting the plans up now for a few reasons. I'm just excited is a big one. I also want to share with anybody who might be making something similar, and I want to give myself time to incorporate any advice that I might get. So if you have any, all you have to do is click on "comments."
ONE WEEK UNTIL THANKSGIVING!! WHAT?! I wish luck to any of you that are making any of your gifts to give!