My 11 year old son and I watched a fantastic programme a couple of nights ago about the universe which got me thinking about my little travel play mats. These are quilted fold-up mats with appliqued and embroidered play scenes and have little toys hiding in a pocket. They are a perfect size for using on a child's lap or a plane or train table when travelling.
Each of the travel play mats I've already made has a different theme - the first one was Dinosaurs, complete with cave pocket. This play mat was bought by a lady who was sending it out to Australia so her grandson could play with it on his first airplane trip to Britain to see her. I've also made a Fairy Cottage scene which went to Germany and an Under-The-Sea scene complete with fearsome sharks.
So, back to the TV programme which reminded me that I'd bought some fantastic fabric that was just perfect for a space themed play mat. It just had to be started there and then!
With lots of critical advice from my son - who is a bit of an expert on matters in the sky - I cut out a slice of the moon, a world and an orange planet and laid them on this gorgeous starry fabric. I started adding some chain stitching to the planet, but got carried away so you can't see the felt circle!
Update September 2014:
I have recently re-launched my range of travel playmats with a Safari Zoo Play On the Go © Play Scene. I'm currently creating a farm scene version, and working on designs for fairy castle and pirates themes too.
Made by hand in limited numbers for each theme, my playmats are available for sale on my Folksy and Etsy shops.
CE tested and marked - my play mats have been tested and meets the European toy safety requirements. Recommended for children aged 3 and above.