Monday, April 11, 2011

Magnetic board

These magnets are some of Lily's favorite toys right now.  As I was preparing for a long car trip, I decided to come up with a way to let Lily play with the magnets in the car. 
It worked like a charm - more on that later.

 I bought these two magnetic dry erase boards for $6 each.
 The magnetic boards were 9 inches by 12 inches, so I cut 2 pieces of felt 9.5 inches by 12.5 inches.  (I got the stiff felt because it was bigger, but I'm sure any kind would work that was the right size)  These were to glue to boards on to.

I also cut 2 pieces of felt the same size (9.5 x 12.5) but cut out a smaller 8.5 x 11.5 square from the center.  This left me two rectangular "borders" of felt.  This was to put on top of the board to create a nice border around the edges.

I one of the two 9.5 x 12.5 pieces and sewed a 2 inch by 12.5 inch piece on to one side, overlapping about 3/4 inch as shown above
 I then sewed the "border" piece on to the other side of the felt using a 1/8 inch seam allowance.  (To the inside of the presser foot.)  I sewed all 4 sides because the felt gives a little so you can still get the board in.

I then put the first board in the border I had just sewed, and stacked the second board on top.  I then put on the remaining piece of felt and wrapped the binding felt around until it fit the way I wanted it to.  I pinned into place.
 Once pinned, I sewed the binding on to the second side, and sewed the second border on just like I had done to the first side.
 Then I sewed another piece of felt to the edge for the velcro closure.
 I added velcro and hot glue gunned both boards into place. 


Voila!  I have a easily accessible magnetic board that is perfect for on-the-go magnet fun.  I can open it up so she has 2 surfaces, or fold it so the magnetic boards are on either side, allowing for 2 sides of fun (for even more compact spaces.) 

 When she gets older I can bring along a dry erase marker and tissue and she will have an easily accessible writing surface!

1 comment:

  1. I love that you get creative with activities to keep her busy in the car. I'm sure I will have to do that someday. Also, I really like that you put activities that are going on around the county throughout the month. I'm so excited to get out and do things with Owen.

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