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Monday, November 7, 2011

Felt Travel Car Mat Tutorial


What did you do with your extra hour?
This morning, courtesy of the end of daylight savings time, we were up at 5:30 A.M. Before church, my super duper husband took our two-year old on a hike at 8:30 am. The baby fell alseep for a little nap and I found myself with an hour on my hands.
So I made this.
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I started with my abundance of felt.
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I chopped up a few pieces. I have a big scrap of blue felt from a bolt (not the little squares) so I cut two 10” x 18” pieces for the base and back. I cut a 4” x 12” piece of gray to hold the cars and a smaller brown piece for the road. I used yellow scraps for the yellow line.
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I started by sewing the yellow pieces onto the brown road. Then I sewed the road onto the blue base.
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For the gray, I sewed just the vertical lines (I did mine at 3” increments). The horizontal bottom will be completed when sewing on the back blue piece.
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To make a connection piece, I used an elastic hair tie sandwiched between the base fabric and the back fabric.
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Next, sew the back fabric onto the base.
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I added a button to keep the whole thing closed.
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I let our little guy take it to church. He liked putting the cars into the pockets. It kept him occupied for a good portion of the service!
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10 comments:

  1. That's a great little mat to keep a child entertained.

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  2. What a great toy! My boys would have loved this when they were younger.

    Thanks for linking it to Totally Tutorial Tuesdays :)

    Jessica
    http://myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

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  3. Very cute. I would love it if you would share it at my sharing party at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/11/sharing-saturday-5.html. Thank you!

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  4. What a fun thing to take on a car trip or to Grandma's house. I am a new follower from For the Kids Fridays. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  5. So cute, my girls like playing with cars and I have been wanting to make something like this

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  6. glad you all liked it! Thanks for the comments:)

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  7. Thank you for sharing at Crafty Moms Share!

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  8. So cool!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

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  9. o i love it! i am making my son one for christmas, its a little different!!! thanks for sharing. great inspiration!:)

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  10. This is super cool!! My boys are too old, but I may make it for my nephews!! Thanks!!

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