Wednesday, November 25, 2015
A Gift a Day Gift Twenty-Three: Travel Car Mat
For the main body of the mat I used some green duck fabric that I'd bought before my daughter was born and was making stuff for when the baby came. I had some left over as back then I used to buy like 10 yards of fabric as I was always afraid I wouldn't have enough fabric (obviously I had a long way to go on the learning to sew front *laugh*). I cut two pieces of equal size that looked about what I wanted for size (yes, it was that specific ;).
To make the roads and buildings and such I taped some computer paper together and cut it down to the exact same size as the top of the mat. I then drew the roads and stuff onto the paper, cut them out, giving myself instructions on the pieces I cut (upper left, upper right, this side up, etc). I then pinned the paper pieces to different colors of felt I had and cut out everything. Then I pinned it to the top of the mat and sewed it all down.
I lastly embroidered the words onto the pieces, so that the boys would know where the gas station, the airfield and the store were.
After that I took the bottom of the mat and made a quick pouch attached to it for the boys to put their cars, airplanes and boats in before heading out to grandma's house, using a velcro closure. I then sewed the main mat, right sides together and left about a 4" gap in one side to turn it right side out and then sewed that closed. I also quilted through both layers along the main road on both sides as the pouch that I made on the back tended to weigh down the bottom layer and I didn't want it getting too out of whack.
Some things on the mat didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. I would have preferred the roads be grey or black instead of light tan, but I didn't have the fabric and didn't have the money to go and get some special. So, I did the best with what I had and then sewed the road lines in black for distinction (I felt yellow was going to look dirty too quickly).
Total Cost of Gift: Free as I had everything I needed for this for quite a while.
Total Time to Make Gift: Three hours.