Zoo Blanket

I’ve been tackling some larger projects, so I haven’t posted in awhile. One of them is this zoo blanket. Jack and Tess love to get out all of their animals and arrange them on the floor to “make a zoo”. I thought it would be fun to design a blanket or play mat that had some fun shapes and colors on it where we could put the different animals. Blue for water, etc… So, after some experimental sewing, I ended up with basically an unstuffed quilt I think. Regardless of what it is, it does look quite fun, and Jack and Tess really love building their zoo on it!


  1. lori
    September 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    this is awesome, and even better in person. and wouldn't it make a great rug design on a larger scale? yes! it really would.

  2. infinitemonkeytheory
    September 30, 2009 at 12:28 am

    i agree with lori, this is super and would be wonderful on a larger scale, too. i'm really enjoying all the things you're posting here.

    (i finally managed to get a comment posted!)

  3. ailidh briar
    January 29, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    ooh, nicely done. i also think the animals are really beautiful. mind sharing where they came from?

  4. Joel Henriques
    January 30, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Sure. It's a mix of quite a few brands:
    Holztiger - find them anywhere online
    Animalz - http://www.anamalz.com/ (these are my favorites)
    and some others we got second hand. not sure of the brand.

  5. ailidh briar
    January 30, 2010 at 3:06 am
  6. Marisa@make*happy
    February 4, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I've been contemplating making a car mat for my 2yr old...and I think this might be the perfect way to do it. Awesome.

  7. Kyra
    February 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

    next saturday i need a gift for a two-year old girl and five year old boy, now i've got the perfect gift for both! You really inspired me... thanks!

  8. Mary Poppins
    February 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Great idea, I'm highly impressed!

  9. Joel Henriques
    February 13, 2010 at 12:13 am
  10. amesh
    May 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    oh you are just awesome! i love your blog

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  13. July 19, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Hi Joel ! We really love your blog and all the ideas you share here ! We often use materials and ideas for our 3 years old daughter who really appreciate. I start sewing a few months ago and I use your book to sew a blanket for my daughter's farmtoy. She also uses it for her dolls who like having a bath or random. Here is a picture : http://jungfamily.over-blog.com/article-tapis-de-jeu-et-jeux-de-couture-98967620-comments.html#anchorComment Thanks for sharing and for helping us to imagine new materials, really ! Amandine

  14. July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

    This is such a brilliant play mat Amandine! I love the design, and also how you made a blank spot for the barn. It works perfectly! Makes me want to make a special play mat for our dollhouse, or some other building. Nice one!

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