The Chair Oven: Make Believe Week

Make Believe! Is there anything that brings back childhood memories as fast as those words? John is almost four and really getting into make believe. He also thinks he’s “big” enough to use the oven when he’s helping me make dinner. I decided to make him a play oven that he can cook on all he wants!

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I don’t have a tutorial for the chair over because every chair is different, and, to be honest, I just winged this one. I did find this tutorial, which is similar to what I did. The important thing is to use a chair that has arm rests and to use the measurement of the top of the arm rest as the “seat” measurement. My father in law cut a board to fit right on top of the arm rests – I suppose I could glue it down, but after a week of constant play, the cover keeps it in place just fine.

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I drew some simple burners which you can download by clicking on the link: Play Oven Burners. I cut them out of red denim and sewed them on with a tight, wide zigzag stitch (if you start in the middle of the spiral and work your way to the outer edge, your fabric won’t bunch into the center and look funny ;) ). I used four oversized buttons – I think they were in a Snowman button kit from JoAnns – for the knobs. I wanted something they could move but that wouldn’t come off.

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The backsplash I added before sewing the back of the cover to the seat and sides. I bound the top with bias tape and then sewed that onto the cover. I made a little pocket for the utensils by leaving part of the top unstitched.

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The oven itself was the most time-intensive (although the whole thing only took a couple nap-times). I measured the distance from the board on the armrests to the seat of the chair and decided to make the opening 3″ shorter. It’s almost the full width of the chair (it ended up about 6″x18″). Then I cut out a rectangle from the front of the cover (do all this before sewing the cover together – it’s so much easier!) that was 1″ smaller than the finished size I wanted (so 5″x17″ – dotted line). I flipped the edges under 1/2″ and made small angled cuts in the corners to make everything lay flat. Then I topstitched to finish it.

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The “door” is about 2″ bigger than the opening (8″x20″). I finished the edges with bias tape and cut out a section in the middle just like I did for the opening. I slid a piece of clear vinyl under the opening before topstitching for the window.

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I sewed the bottom of the door to the bottom of the opening, added two pieces of velcro at the top, and was done!

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With the oven, anyway. Naturally they needed a chef’s hat and apron, right?? The hat is from Ottobre 1/13 and the apron is a simple rectangle with pockets and straps. John’s actually not a huge fan of the hat, but Tim literally will not take it off! It’s been a week – he’s worn it every single day and gets mad if I try to take it away. So, I go grocery shopping with a mini-chef – it’s awesome.

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“I really hope I don’t get chopped…”

I have to admit – I have a slight obsession with the Food Network. My husband teases me mercilessly, but I didn’t realize just how much I watch it until one day I caught John karate chopping Tim. When I asked him what on earth he was thinking, he matter-of-factly goes “What? I was just chopping my chef.” Believe me, I had the hardest time keeping a straight face!

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He has a totally random mix of felt food (tutorial), plastic food, plastic dishes, and mini pots and pans. I love watching him come up with ways to mix his food!

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In my opinion, the best part of the whole thing is that everything can just go in the oven when it’s time to clean up!

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13 comments

  1. Bananafink says:

    Way cooler than one of those plastic playskool monstrosities. What wonderful memories you are making for your son, love the creativity!

  2. Barbara T says:

    Seriously adorable! I saw one of these on Pinterest and loved it. Thanks for the tutorial. I’ll try to get my incredibly talented sister to make it for her granddaughter. Love it!

  3. Sue Lawson says:

    One of the most brilliant ideas I’ve seen for practical cost effective ‘toys’. Well done you! Great that it’s for boys too! No stereotyping. Love it.

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Thank you so much!! We definitely don’t believe in gender stereotypes here – my son picked out the “backsplash” fabric because he wanted something with pink, orange, green, and blue ;)

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