After making my son a fabric campfire, I decided he also needed a fishing pond. Of course he does. Hum, I think someone is a little spoiled. Well, he's the baby. It's my right. Right?
This was SO NOT HARD or expensive. The blue felt is from JoAnn's, and was $2.99 per yard. I used 1 yard, and cut out a large double circle. I laid brown felt on top in layers, and sewed that on, before sewing the blue pieces together. I then turned it right-side-out, and top stitched the side of the pond to close it off.
The grasses are made using the same technique I used to make the rocks and fire see campfire post.
To make the lily pads, cut out double circles, cut a slice out of one side, and top stitch together. It really is that easy.
I love these fish so much. The red gingham is my favorite. They each have a washer from Home Depot near the mouth. To do this, I sewed a small fabric envelope for the washer, and then sewed that into the fish as I sewed the two pieces together.
My frog is a round circle (I cut two). I hit the sides with fray check before sewing up and stuffing. I just cut legs out of felt scraps.
The fishing pole is a dowel from Home Depot. We drilled a hole for the, "fishing line," (twine) in the top, and attached it to a $3 magnet from Home Depot. We used pretty big washers inside of each fish.
It is a pretty good sized magnet, and very strong. The package said 20lbs.
Right now, the pond lives in his room.
He LOVES playing with it. I don't know if we have ever had a toy he has played with more.
Sometimes he likes to hook the fish to the magnet by hand.
I like to put some of the extra campfire rocks around the pond. Makes it feel even more real.
Thanks for stopping by. The camping fun doesn't end here. I had a camping inspired birthday party for him that was just darling! I will be sharing that next.
Have a Happy and Creative Day,