I have a hard time keeping plastic toys out of the house. Around gift giving holidays, I stress to family members why it is so important for us to support handmade, yet we still get a slew of plastic gifts.
I get that they feel at a crossroads when there is a plastic Dora toy on a clearance endcap. It's big, bright, loud and cheap! Most people think that the kids will love a toy with licensed characters and bells and whistles over a boring wooden toy with not even a speck of paint. Not true! I think toys like these encourage children to just use their imagination more, allowing them to have much more fun!
Maybe if I used a wooden iron I'd be more excited about it?
So, here is my point being made!
I came across this fabulous company the Wooden Toy Junction. Such great toys and many options for girls and boys, very well made and affordable!
A couple of weeks ago our package arrived with a large ironing board as well as a table top one that will be perfect for my neice who's still a bit wobbly on her two feet. The unfinished tops were nice as is, but I had to add some fabric. Of course, I did...
I made an ironing board cover for each ironing board board in a total of 30mins. Super simple. I laid each board down on a roll of trace (you could just tape together a bunch of bond paper) and drew around it. I added enough to cover the thickness of the board and seam allowance for the drawstring, a total of 1.75" since I was using my serger.
After cutting out the fabric, I serged around the perimeter, then folded it over 1/4". I sewed around the edge with a narrow seam, leaving room to add a drawstring. Simple and cute.
You can visit Wooden Toy Junction at their website or Etsy shop. Make sure to check out the wooden sewing machine!