In the back of everyone’s head is the idea to make a quiet book. But it sounds like a lot of work. So I thought I’d just make a car mat – cute felt buildings, road, etc. Easier than a quiet book. Then I came across this fabric on clearance at my local quilt shop and thought why make the car mat when I can just use this! And so it did – waaay simple and easy. I’m not sure what the fabric is called, but it’s Michael Miller. And it’s perfect – it has houses, a school, airport, gas station, the works.
Here’s a quick how to make a car mat using fabric.
First up, the pocket: Cut 2 sqaures. Sew a piece of velcro on to the square that will be the inside of the pocket.
Then with right sides together sew around the top and 2 sides (you don’t need to sew the bottom) and turn it right-side out. I then top-stitched the top edge to make it look nice.
Find out where on the mat you’d like the pocket. Sew a piece of velcro on that will match the placement of the velcro on the pocket.
Then just turn it right side out. I topstitched all the way around after turning it so that it would close my turning hole and reinforce the handles.
You’re done – I love simple projects!
And we happen to have a couple of mini airplanes – appropriate for the airport section:
Oh, I forgot to tell you I sewed on a button – that’s what the loop of elastic thread was for – to hold it shut when it was folded and ready to be transported:
So even little guys can be in charge of transporting their own fun:
He loves driving on it…
And hiding cars under it – an unexpected use of the Car Mat, but whatever works!
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