My friend Allison is having a baby this month. A little boy. As I was pondering what to make for baby boy, I stumbled upon this fabric, and this tutorial. Perfect!
And so I made it. I realize that this isn't a traditional newborn gift (Evan is really very worried about the choking hazard the little chickens might pose), but I think it will be nice to have a gift that the baby can grow in to (rather than quickly grow out of).
I made a few minor changes to the tutorial: I used flannel instead of felt for the background, and instead of a button/handle combo, I attached some Velcro (which is hidden behind the castles), and made a little bag for holding the peeps. Instead of using cardboard, I used some heavy interfacing. I did this because I thought it might be more flexible and convenient to roll up the board like a burrito and stick it in a bag for playtime emergencies.
And it's really fun to play with. Like, really really fun.