My oldest has some play money that's made out of fabric and has plastic inside to make it crinkle when you play with it. My youngest loves getting her hands on it, so I decided to make her something similar but more interesting. Here's what I came up with...
The front is linen with seven rainbow colored cotton squares patched in the middle. I wanted the front to be colorful and visually stimulating. I love the way this looks. In fact, I love it so much that I used it to create a button for my blog! Go take a look in my sidebar.
I cut out a rectangle from the center of the wool felt block (OK it's not exactly in the center, but it was when I cut it out!) and placed a piece of hippo fabric on the back and sewed around the very edges of the hole in the wool felt to keep the hippos in place. I love that the hippo on the bottom looks like he's about to take a bite out of the other hippo's butt! I'm not sure what kind of fabric the hippos are printed on. It almost feels like a canvas. I got it in a scrap pack of Japanese fabric a while back, which is really fun to buy because you end up with so many cute little pieces of fabric! Just do an Etsy supply search for Japanese fabric scraps.
And I love this matryoshka doll linen. I've been waiting to do something with it, and I decided to use some of it for this project because it's so colorful and cute.