This was originally posted at Positively Splendid for the Swell Noel series! In case you missed it, this would make a great gift a for a little guy! It’s already wrapped up for my little guy. Shh, don’t tell!
I’ve been so excited to make a car playmat for my little boy- since before he was born! Now that he is over a year I feel like he might be excited about it soon. I collected a few shiny new cars and made a mini car playmat that rolls up and ties. Perfect for on the go.
My biggest concern when thinking about the design of this car mat was making sure the cars stay put when we’re carting it around! I added some elastic to the car parking spots to keep them snug. Hopefully it might help prevent lost car syndrome!
front and back: 2 pieces – 12″ tall by 11 1/2″ wide, any fabric
roads: black felt, 2 pieces – 11 1/2″ by 2 1/2″
parking spots: 7 1/2″ by 11 1/2″, folded in half
sidewalk: 4 pieces contrast cotton 11 1/2″ by 1″
9″ of 1/4″ elastic
scraps for “go!” label
heat n’ bond
20″ of 1″ thick ribbon
3 little cars
A note about fabric: You can use any weight fabrics for this project, since it’s just a little crafty project, although I recommend felt for the roads since it won’t fray. I used a home decor weight fabric for the top part, an old men’s shirt for the back and corduroy for the “sidewalk” pieces. Everything else is quilting weight cotton.
Sew, leaving a 3″ opening and turn right side out.
Pin your opening closed and either topstitch it or close with a blind stitch.
And you’re done!
Let the boy noises begin!
And when the cars are done playing, park them in their little special spots for the night.
Do you have any more car noises to add?