Monday, November 3, 2008

Handmade Holidays

Update: Thank you for all the nice comments - I'm so glad that people like the idea. I've added in some bigger pictures so people can get a closer look at the finished product. Also, I've gotten some emails from people who were wondering if I would make the race track book to sell (for those without time or sewing abilities). I've added the race track book to my etsy shop at for anyone interested. Thanks for the interest!!

Update2: I decided to create a seperate blog for all of the craft projects I have planned. Hopefully this will make it easier for those people who are interested only in craft projects or those people only interested in preemie specific posts.

The blog addres is The new felt play book designed especially for girls is now posted. Thanks!

With Halloween just behind us, the holiday season has officially arrived. And that means getting a move on with making gifts for the holidays. So I'm adding a new feature to the blog - Handmade Holidays. I'll feature some holiday gifts that I'm making or have been inspired by - all (mildly) related to preemies or families with preemies. I hope you enjoy!

Traveling Race Track Book

Since both of my kids are home with me, I end up having to take my 5 year-old to many doctor appointments, lab visits, and therapy appointments that aren't for him. I pack a lot of toys and activities to keep him entertained however I'm always looking for new items. I especially like activities that encourage him to use his imagination and the quieter - the better.

So I created his very own traveling race track book. It's a felt book with two different sized race tracks. When open, the small race track is the size of one piece of felt and the large track is the size of two pieces. The back has pockets for holding his beloved race cars. He loved it instantly. I plan on making some for our friends kids as well because every boy (or girl) can use a race track to take with them to places. The size makes it perfect for throwing in a purse or diaper bag.

Front View:

Small Track:

Large Track:

Car Storage:


Jodi said...

wow - what a great idea! You're such a smart cookie! May have to try this for my little fella...thanks!

MaryAnne said...

Thanks for the great idea!

Gray Matters said...

This is the smartest thing ever! I'm new to sewing so please let me know if you post a tutorial for this - I'd love to try it!

Anonymous said...

This IS a killer idea! I love it.
Any chance you can link your pictures to a bigger size so we can click and see your details more clearly? I know what my nephew is getting in HIS stocking this year! Thanks!

Heather said...

This is so cute! Any chance you will make any to sell for those of us who aren't sewing inclined?

Parenting in the NICU and Beyond said...

Thanks for the nice comments everyone! I'm so excited that the finished project came out just like I had imagined (doesn't always happen that way). I've added in some bigger pictures so I hope that helps. Feel free to email me with a specific question.

I probably won't get a chance to do a tutorial on this project but I do have some planned for future projects that I will be posting throughout the holiday season.

For those that are interested - I've added the race track book to my etsy shop.

Claire Green said...

I just found your blog. I haven't gotten to read through all of it yet but THANKS!!!! I have been thinking about how I would find a resource to help with development. I am so excited to get my babies home and use your tips to get them learning! I hate them just being in the isolette. Thank you so much for taking the time to give us this site. It is almost impossible for me to find info. on this. Any book suggestions?

Preemie Parenting said...

I'm so glad you found the site! I hope your little ones get to come home soon. As hard as it is to see them in the isolette just try to remember that they are getting the care they need so they can home to you. Here is a link to some preemie books that you might find useful:

Check my NICU category for a variety of posts about being in the NICU.

Take care!

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