Here is last of my handmade Christmas gifts. It was a middle-of-the-night brain child as I thought about what we could do for Milo that would help him play more easily and imaginatively with the toys that we already own, rather than getting him a bunch of new ones (the grandparent’s can do that!) We have so little space, and it’s all pretty much already filled and decorated, so I have to be thoughtful about what comes in.
One of Milo’s favorite things to do is “play with trucks.” Whenever we’re home, just hanging out I can be sure he’ll ask with those huge wide eyes “Mommy, play trucks wit me?” Creating a car table to cover our current coffee table seemed an ideal way to enjoy new, more dynamic truck time, while not adding too much to the bulk and being able to also use the table like normal when we’re not at play.
For the table topper, I measured the table, and bought enough duck canvas to cover the top and hang down the sides. I needed the side flaps both to keep the top in place, and to add the pockets I envisioned. You know, to put the toys in we’re not playing with at that moment? A mom can dream, right?
For the road design, I delegated to Dave, who drew out the map in chalk and then created a table-wide freezer paper stencil to keep the lines crisp. It was awesome. My husband, doing freezer paper stenciling while I sewed away on little Eliot’s quilt. One happy. crafty couple:) We made sure to include a roundabout (this one is Dupont Circle, complete with the fountain in the middle.) The road side is super cool, but I was even more excited about the reverse, because of course the topper is reversible!
This is the side we had it set up on for Christmas morning, and those five little farm animals and that one little green farm tractor were part of the gift. He was beyond thrilled and we have played with it almost every day since (shhhh, the donkey is taking a nap!)
Here you can see the super duper simple pockets. Just folded canvas measured to the side of the table and sewn with a couple lines as dividers. They have actually been used okay-if just by me to quickly clear the room during nap time so I stop tripping on toys!
Milo’s favorite thing is putting the animals in the road then plowing them over with the tractor. We’ll have to watch out for him behind the wheel in a few years!
One happy kid=one happy mama.