Despite the fact that we're vegetarians, my son is somewhat obsessed with fishing. In an attempt to keep fishing from becoming taboo as much as a game for a future party (look for it at the end of the month!), I made Xavier and India this cute fishing game!
Oddly enough, India absolutely refuses to play with this game, as it causes her to gag. I stopped eating fish while I was pregnant with her because I was sick each and every time I tried to eat any, and I've told Arthur a million times that she is a die-hard vegetarian and will remain so for her entire life; this only solidifies my opinion!
So, back to the game... I really wanted to make these with a rough canvas (my preferred fabric), but I have about a million sheets of felt that I am determined to use up before we sell our house, so felt it was! The good things about felt are that it is super easy to sew, it's inexpensive, and it looks adorable when made into children's toys.
- Felt in different colors
- Batting (used in quilt making)
- Thread or embroidery floss (& needle)
- Dowel rods (4)
- Decorative knobs (4)
- Magnets (1 per fish)
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Draw a fish and worm on a piece of newspaper and cut them out. These will be your fish templates. Draw one circle for the eye and a heart shape for the mouth.
- Cut 2 pieces of felt and 1 piece of batting per fish using your template. Also cut out 2 eyes and 1 mouth using the colors of your choice.
- Hot glue a magnet inside the mouth of each fish.
- Sew a straight stitch along the edges of each of your fish.
- Glue or sew the eyes in place.
- Take each dowel rod and drill a hole through the end of one side. Use this hole to attach the chain to the rod.
- Glue the decorative knob on the other end of the rod (this will be used as a handle).
- Cut 2 pieces of felt for each worm and stitch them together.
- Cut a hole in each worm and put a grommet in each. This hole can be used to hook the worm onto.
- Give one fishing rod to one of your favorite children and take one for yourself. Fish the afternoon away from the comfort of your own living room.
And there you have it! You can make them in the morning and play with them after lunch!