Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Present makin'

I asked my sister in law what my nephew Jack (who is three) would like for Christmas. He is known to be a tractor freak, but Maura said he had enough tractors. "Maybe a barn," she suggested. So the hunt began for a reasonably priced nice toy barn for Jack. I found a few nice (but pricey) wooden ones, and nearly ordered one, until I saw the shipping price was $18!! So I decided I could try to make him one.
I saw this tutorial and thought that it was just adorable, but didn't know if I'd have the time or the patience to make it. So I took the pattern but tweaked it.

Instead of using fabric, batting and something rigid inside, I made the whole thing out of stiff felt. I just cut out the pieces and sewed them together using a zig-zag stitch. The little fence is from the flower decor section of Joann's. I sewed it to the side of the barn with red thread with tiny stitches around the wire that is holding the slats together.


The hay bale on the inside is also a floral item. Its and actual real small straw bale, and to make it so that it doesn't shed it's straw all over I covered it with Mod-Podge.

I'm adding a tube of animals (I took them out of the tube for the pictures) to complete the set. I figured Jack could play with the little barn with his tractors too. Hope he likes it!

6 comments:

SunflowerMom said...

That is seriously too cute!!! He is gonna love it!

molly said...

oh my goodness!! this is so cute! My girls would love this for all their horses. I love how it opens up with the button on top. So good!!

Amber said...

Yeah, I keep meaning to comment on this and tell you how awesome it is. If you ever want to make another one and sell it, let me know...

Meeks said...

I love it! You are so clever!

Ylime said...

This is great! I'm sure he's going to love it!!

Happydacks said...

Good tweak,
I made the dolls house with fabric, batting etc for my little girl (it took heaps of work) I want to make the barn for my son...but was finding it hard to get motivated. Your re jiged materials/method really cuts the work right down. Fantastic!
Chele x
Pic of my house here http://www.flickr.com/photos/happydacks/4003574602/