One For The Boys ~ Simple Car Mat

It is Day 4 of One For the Boys ~ Boredom Busters.  

We have Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts here today. Mandy  is one uber talented momma.  She is super creative and has a TON of fabulous projects on her blog {one of my daily reads}.  Please welcome Mandy!

One For The Boys ~ Simple Car Mat

Hi Everyone!!  What a great idea for a series – One For the Boys – I love it!  I am Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts

One For The Boys ~ Simple Car Mat

I have 4 kiddos and love to craft and blog (obviously!) – – I feel like if I can do something, then you can too!!
Today I’m showing off my Simple Car Mat (you can find even more pictures at that link…didn’t want to bombard you here) –
 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 put the pocket on and sew the sides.  Don’t sew the top or you won’t be able to open it.  You don’t need to sew the bottom because that edge will be sewed when you add the backing fabric.
Pocket is done.  Now just add the backing fabric.  I picked something kind of stiff, but I’m sure anything will work.  Cut it the size of the road fabric and put them right sides together.  For handles I used bias tape becaue I had it laying around.  MISTAKE WARNING:  do not put your handles like the picture shows – the handle part should be IN and the two ends poking out of the seams.  Because right now it’s inside out.  I sewed it like shown – oops! – and had to seam rip and redo.  I also put a loop of elastic thread on one side.
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!
  Do you have micro-machines sitting around??  They are the PERFECT size.  –just remember, micro-machines are probably a 3 years and older type of toy, so watch your toddlers when they play with them–

And they all fit snuggly and easily into the pocket parking.  (I thought about making each car a compartment, but this was easier, for me sewing it and for playing with it)

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:
He loves driving on it…

Thanks for having me!  Check out my blog for more fabulous boys projects, like:
Thanks Mandy!  Be sure to swing by Sugar Bee Crafts and give Mandy some love!  And come back tomorrow for more Boredom Busters ~ Blanket Fort style.
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