It’s day two of Handmade Gifts for Boys, and today I have a fun tutorial to keep your littles busy and active inside this winter. It’s about to get so ridiculously cold in Wisconsin, and I’m always trying to find ways for my boys to exercise inside – preferably in a way that doesn’t involve destroying my furniture. ;) This indoor hopscotch mat is a perfect DIY solution!
- approx. 2.5 yards of fabric for the mat (I used the entire width of the fabric from selvage to selvage)
- 10 squares of fabric (mine were cut 11in x 11in)
- scraps of fabric for numbers
- scraps of non-fraying fabric for beanbag
- dried beans or rice
- sewing machine/thread
1.Cut your fabric squares.
2. Cut your numbers (I just drew them freehand, but you can always trace a large number from your computer/tablet screen)
3. Put each number in the center of the squares and zig zag stitch around the edges. Repeat with all ten numbers.
2. Pin the squares in place on the large piece of fabric in hopscotch formation. Zig zag all around each square.
3. Fold over the raw edges of the four sides of the big fabric piece and topstitch it in place to prevent the raw edges from fraying.
4. Cut two small squares for the beanbag.
5. Put the two pieces right sides together and zig zag stitch around all four sides, leaving a small opening. Pour in some dried beans or rice. Then close up the opening.
Then enjoy your indoor hopscotch game! I do recommend using this only on carpet, as this could get a little bit slippery while they’re jumping if you lay it on hard floor. Or try adding these corner rug grippers on the back if you don’t have any carpet in your home.
Or if you’re two years old, enjoy throwing the beanbag as hard as you can and jumping wherever you want. ;)
Hooray for indoor winter exercise!
Now head over to Stacey’s blog to see her super adorable mini-me apron pattern!