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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Featured on Made: The Fishing Hole Roll

I was so pleased when I woke up today, and found that my Fishing Hole Roll Tutorial had been featured on Made.  Wahoo.  I've thoroughly enjoyed Celebrate the Boy, and have been inspired by so many of the fantastic projects.

To have my project included in any sort of round up is thrilling.  I thought that I'd re-post the tutorial here on my blog, seeing that the first time I did so was as a guest blogger.

Today I'm going to introduce you to  the "Go Fish: Fishing Hole".   I was inspired to make this project after seeing this post by Richelle.  I decided to add a few of my own personal touches to it.  I made a storage caddy for the fishing poles that has a pocket for the fish, and a pond for fishing in. It is a great toy to keep your children busy while introducing them to colors.

Want to make one for yourself? I'll give you a talk through tutorial.  Here we go.

To make four fishing poles and a fishing mat the size of mine you will need the following:

2-36" dowels (1/2" in diameter)
1 yard craft felt
1 piece of blue felt large enough for the fishing pond
8 9x12 sheets of craft felt in assorted colors
1 9x12" sheet of tan craft felt (for worms)
4-1" candle base's (found in wood section of Joann's near the dowels).
4 lanyard hooks (found in jewelry department of craft store)
4 eyelets (with tool for attachment)
acrylic paint in assorted colors, and paint brush
4-24" pieces of cotton string (for fishing line)
12 small neodymium magnets
Thin batting for added thickness of fish (enough for all 8 fish).
4 screw in eyes (found in hardware department of Wal-Mart)
1- 24" piece of grosgrain ribbon to tie up roll (fray check the ends)
Black Embroidery thread for stitching faces
2  pieces of 1 inch elastic

First we are going to prepare the poles.  To do so, saw each dowel in half lengthwise. You will end up with four eighteen inch poles.  Sand the rough edges of each dowel.  Next tape off your poles so that you can add some colorful stripes at the bottom of your poles.  I just eyeballed the spacing, creating two painted sections per pole.  I then painted each section a different color.  You will also want to paint your four wooden candle bases (seen in bottom left photo).  When the paint has dried you can attach your candle bases to your poles with a bit of wood glue.  I really like adding the candle bases to the bottom of the pole, it creates a nice grip for little fingers, and adds a little extra detail to the pole.

Now it is time to prepare your fish.  Now this is a really basic talk through.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about any omitted steps. First you will want to sketch out a basic fish  and worm shape.  If you don't feel comfortable doing so you can print off a pdf version of my files here (for personal use only please).  Once you have your fish/worm designed you will want to cut out one fish per color.  I then handstitched the faces onto the fish and worms. Next cut out a rectangle of batting and coordinating felt for each fish.  The rectangles should be slightly larger than the size of the fish.  Sewing the fish together this way will make it easier.  You won't have to worry about lining up your shapes perfectly.  Now stitch the inner details of the fish.  I stitched the lines between fins and the body, the gill line, and the details on the tail.  It is now time to stitch around the perimeter of the fish body, I used a triple stitch for added reinforcement.  You will want to start at the beginning of the bottom fin, sew around the tail, and back toward the head.  When you reach the head of the fish you will want to sandwich one magnet between the top layer of felt and the batting.  Continue stitching around the fish.  Repeat with each fish.  Cut off excess fabric from fish.  You will use the same basic technique to create your four worms.

We are now going to assemble the poles.  Attach one eyelet at the end of each worm.  You can do this by using an eyelet attachment tool and a hammer.  Connect each worm to a lanyard hook by sliding the worm onto the hook at the eyelet.  

Screw the screw in eye to the end of your fishing pole.  Now attach your string to the worm and pole at the hook and eye.

To create the fishing pond/storage caddy you will want to cut your felt by the yard into two pieces, each 22"x36".  On one piece of cut felt you will want to sew your two pieces of elastic (spaced about 10 inches apart).  You will create four sections in the elastic for storing the fishing poles.  Now create a small storage box for the fish.  mine is probably about eight inches wide and six inches tall.  Make a base and a pocket flap.  Use a small scrap of felt to create a tab that is secured with a small piece of velcro.  Attach the velcro to the tab, and the base of the pocket.  Next sew down the base of the pocket leaving the top open.  Sew down the top pocket flap along the top. Sew down your fishing pond.  This can be any shape or size.  I added a small lily pad, but some extra details like rocks, frogs, or cat tails could be fun. 

If you want to add a tag on the outside of your fishing pole roll, now is the time to do it.  Place it on the Bland piece of felt.  You will want it to be attached at the pond end of the rectangle.

Now you could create a nice velcro strap for your roll, but I chose to tie the roll closed using a piece of grosgrain ribbon.  

You've done it.  You've created your very own fishing hole roll.  Now it's time to catch some fish. 

  Happy fishing, and crafting.


Unknown said...

That's awesome you were featured on Made! That's big time! Congratulations! But then again, it's such a great tutorial and I was honored that you shared it as a guest on my blog. :) Best of luck to you!

Elicia said...

Congrats! I love this idea and you always do such nice work!

Emily said...

What a fun game! Congrats on your feature!!

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

Aww Tricia, I LOVED seeing this before, back when I spent hours, and hours looking thru all your projects..... :)

Like usual though, it got stuck in a bookmarked folder. Thanks for showing us again, and since you love getting featured. I just FEATURED you on my facebook page, because this really is tooo CUTE>...


Bella :)

Unknown said...

This is one of my FAVORITE projects of yours -- I was just thinking this morning that I should make one because the flimsy plastic fishing set we have is gradually becoming more and more broken. And it's not cute at all.

So fun to be featured -- you totally deserve it!

Delia said...

This is amazing! Great tutorial!

Amisha said...

Hi Tricia,
I am loving all your creations! I hope you will join me in the "Being Creative" party on Sundays.

Anne said...

This is so aweseome!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Jennifer Ward said...

I love this idea! I hope you don’t mind, but I included this in my weekly round up of Fab Finds Friday on my blog (

Red Roof Patterns said...

Darling! I linked to your tutorial on my Free Felt Patterns website.

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Juf said...

Cute - I just pinned it.
Jacqueline (visiting from TT and J)

Anonymous said...

Love this! My daughter is so big on fishing, thanks to Daddy lol. She'll love if I did something like this for on the go. This is similar to her Melissa and Doug wooden fishing set :)

Bonefish said...

That fishing is really simple and I need to give it a try on the vice! Great video and thanks for sharing

Richard Coles Haiti said...

hey! Tricia these are the nice creations that you share I really try these.

fishing tasmania said...

This is so interested!And I love this idea,Where can I find more like this?

Sarah McK said...

Beautiful! I am excited to make this for my son for his birthday. I found this tutorial on Pinterest and it's the cutest fishing hold I've seen by far! But I just made a bunch of fish before realizing that my magnets are not strong enough to "grab" through felt. Where did you get tiny ones strong enough to go through felt and batting?? I am so frustrated! Back to the drawing board....

Anonymous said...

What is the size of the fish?

Sara said...

I found strong magents at Walmart in the craft section that work well. They were $3.48 for 4 magnets, but work well!

esjmommy said...

I had the same problem with magnets...If someone found a great deal on magnets please let me know!

Alaska Fishing Trips said...

That was very cute. I'm going to make one for my kids. They love fishing, I'm sure they'll appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

I love these :-) I have 2 grandsons that would love this! Im having trouble understanding the instructions and would like to ask if you would post a video tutorial so I could pause as I go? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Going to have to make this for my grandsons. I will post photos on my fishing website when done. Thank you.

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