Ryan and I were playing with Hazel this morning, trying to prop her up so she could look (and bat at) her toys. It was then that we realized a play mat would come in pretty handy at this stage, but that the play mat we had borrowed to use for Oliver had been returned to it's original owner and we were completely sans play mat.
But, necessity is the mother of invention, right?
I already have a lovely quilt that I made for Hazel this fall (thanks to a LOT of helpful suggestions from y'all!), so I thought that I could add to it's usefulness by making it also a play mat. Clever, eh?
I sewed long strips of fabric (and stuck a few loops in the seams for attaching toys) together and used them to cover two pipe insulators I bought at Home Depot a while back. (These suckers cost less than a dollar each!)
I even attached the arches long-ways so that Oliver or one of us can have room to join Hazel under there.
So far, so good.
Enter, Mouse-with-beans-in-belly (as we affectionately call him at our house).
As soon as I hang him on a loop (or any other toy, for that matter), everything flops.
And this, my friends, is where we sit.
Back at necessity.
Time for another invention.
And so, I'm calling on y'all, my incredibly creative and helpful readers for ideas! What should I do? I need something like boning in there to keep the arches standing strong, but boning is too weak. I'm thinking Home Depot is my best bet for an engineering miracle, but what do they have that would work? I need help thinking outside of the box!