Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An a-MAZE-ing Gift {for the boys!}

In case you missed it last week, this is my guest post at Twin Dragon Fly Designs! Heather is a friend from SYTYC, she did a series this Christmas on Christmas presents for boys, go check out all of the fun boy posts HERE!

This is a great last minute Christmas gift using stuff that you have on hand!
My little man often feels left out because he is the only boy in our family, and has ONLY girl cousins... So I was excited for the challenge of making something for the boys! I saw a simple fabric maze on Pinterest, HERE, and I thought it looked like fun!  I wanted to make a larger more complicated maze, to keep my busy boy well... BUSY.  This is a fairly simple project that uses up some of your scraps, and costs PENNIES to make!  A little marble or decorative glass rock is sewn inside that you try to move from corner to corner... it is great to keep busy in the car or at a doctors office, etc! 


Items Needed:
Fabric Scraps for maze, add 3/4 inch to the long and short size of your maze.  For my printable, I cut out..
    2- 7 1/4" and 10 1/4" rectangles
    2- 2" squares
Contrasting thread, you do not want the thread to match the fabric.
Decorative flat glass stone, or marble (smaller size) (You can purchase a bag full at the dollar store)
Printed Maze
Ribbon, cut 5" length

Step 1: Prep
Print and cut out maze,  and measure the length and width of the maze itself.  This maze should be about 6 1/2" by 9 1/2".
 
Cut two rectangular pieces of fabric 3/4" longer then the long and short side of the maze.  It works out nicely if you do one solid colored fabric for the front, and a fun patterned for the back... (I learned that after I took these pictures)!
 
In addition cut two, two inch fabric squares for the corner piece. Fold the square down the diagonal of the square to make a triange, if using felt just cut the square in half, because you do not need a finished edge.

Step 2: Assembly

On the right side of the front fabric, sew fabric triangles to opposite corners, (this will denote the start and finish of the maze). Look at the maze and make sure you put them in the right corners.  Fold the ribbon in half and tack it to the edge of the fabric.  Your pieces should now look like the picture above.
With a 1/4" seam allowance, and right sides together,  sew around the perimeter of the front and back pieces, leaving a small opening.

Turn right side out, and press.
Pin the maze directly onto the front of the  fabric.
 
Sew on the paper (it will be ok), directly on the lines of the maze.  MAKE SURE YOU BACK STITCH, at every corner, and at the end of every line.  It is best if you use a contrasting thread, so that you can see the lines clearly, (I learned this by trial and error too!).  You do not need to sew the perimeter border of the maze.
Rip off the paper, my kids love helping with this part!
Place a flat glass stone, in the opening.
 
Close the opening up, and zig zag stitch around the outside, and you are ready to go!

This little maze is a huge hit with my little guy!  He likes to 'drive the rock' around he says!
In fact, he loves it so much, he wants me to make one for 
ALL OF THE KIDS IN HIS PRESCHOOL CLASS!!
He is so sweet and certain, his mom can do this, and that his friends will just love it, it is hard to say no!  So if you don't see me for a while, I will be making mazes for the masses!
I don't usually like solid colored things, but for the maze it really works well, you can see the maze better, and you can still have your fun patterned fabric on the back.  The front of this game is cream felt!
 
I like to party HERE!
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16 comments:

  1. That is GENIUS!!! I have 4 little grandsons and I'll be making these this week! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

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  2. How cool! This was a great idea. I must make some for my boys now. And I'm sure his mom can make them for all of his class. ;)

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  3. I love this!! I might have to make a few of these before xmas!

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  4. This is awesome! I'm always looking for things to sew for my 5 year old boy. Thank you.
    Casey

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  5. I saw those same mazes a while ago and have made a few as stocking stuffers for my kids. Yours turned out great!

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  6. I think this is just about the most clever thing I've seen in a long time! I love this idea. What a great thing to take along when kids have to sit still and be quiet. I'm definitely going to be making this! Thanks so much for the instructions. :-)

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  7. Carlee, this is a wonderful, creative and brain-boosting toy. I love it!

    With all the activities and festivities of this past week, I'm really touched and appreciative that you took the time to be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..".

    Jenn

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  8. This is darling and very clever! My 3 year old daughter loves mazes--I'll bet she'd love this! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment!

    Amy

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  9. Great idea, thank you for sharing!
    Jen
    http:/www.craftincowgirl.blogspot.com

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  10. This is one of the best ideas I have seen in a LONG time! My little boy is going to love it. Now to find some cute fabric to use.

    Thanks for linking to Here Comes the Sun!

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  11. i love this idea! my nephew will love this! hes always whining bc hes bored when we go to the bank, or grocery store or dr office!

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  12. This is brilliant! I'm pinning it!

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  13. great idea. I'm going to make some of these for the Littles! their Mommies (my daughters and daughter in love) will love these!

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  14. Very "crafty"!! I posted a link to this on my blog thru my pinterest board.
    Thank you!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

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  15. My granddaughters loved the mazes! I ended up making three - from simple to more difficult...great for trips and church quiet time. Thank you!!!

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  16. Such a great idea! I just finished mine and blogged about it here - http://beinginspired-blog.blogspot.ie/2012/09/day-23-felt-mazes.html

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