Dec 13, 2010

Homemade Present #2: Car Playmat

Car playmats are the perfect present for any little guy. They can be made almost entirely from scraps of whatever you have. I used a mixture of felt and fabric. Felt can simply be cut out and sew straight on...yay for that. Fabric does need to be "appliqued" on. That process can be as simple or as hard as you have time/motivation for. 

I used the freezer paper method. Then I also just used a simple stitch around the edges. If you have the mad skills and the time you can do something like THIS ah-mazing creation over at Homemade by Jill.

Your car mat can be as big or as small as you want. You can personalize buildings or favorite spots of your child.

My process:

I brainstormed what I wanted on my mat. I used a regular piece of fabric for the grass and a heavier upholstery fabric for the back. The roads were stenciled on with freezer paper and then painted on with permanent fabric paint. Like I said earlier the details were all done with a mixture of felt and fabric. 

It was a labor of love and it will take a couple of days, but it will be the highlight of any little man's Christmas.

Some of my favorites:

farmhouse with apple orchard

police station

park with swing set

gas station with car wash

Linking & Sharing at:

We Did it Wednesday: Sew Much Ado
Creative Share Wednesday: The Trendy Treehouse


Amanda said...

It turned out GREAT!

Jessica said...

This is so cute! I love the buttons on the trees. You did an amazing job! I'm sure your little ones are going to love it.

Michelle said...


Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

LOVE this play mat. I will have to get Sadie some "girly" cars so I can make one of these someday! (soon!)

Abbie said...

Wow. It looks great.

Jessica said...

I just LOVE this! I was wondering if it would be okay to feature this project on my blog? I am expecting baby #2 next week and am looking for blogs and projects to feature while I take a little break. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks!

Heidi Dyk said...

LOVE this!! It is seriously so cute. I wish I had one to play with! ;) I also love those hats you made; you are soo talented, Larissa!!
Hope you and your boys have a wonderful Christmas!

Unknown said...

Love it!!! Sooooo cute!


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