I’d been eyeing this Michael Miller playmat with a tutorial by jcaroline for some time, and then had also happened across this tutorial of a felt traveling race track book in some of my blog-searching, and decided to combine the two! The original playmat was way too big for my purposes, but the fabric was too cute not to use.
I had bought 1.25 yds of the fabric a little while ago from my local quilt shop, but push came to shove when I knew I would be attending the birthday party of a car-loving 4-year-old boy.
And so I created my own!
You might not notice at first, but it has velcro on the corners so it can be folded up, and of course handles to carry. And look, pockets to carry 3 cars!
The pockets also have velcro so the cars won’t fall out when little kids are toting it about. And even more velcro on the top of this so it can be folded again, and then Look! A nice personalized totable car playmat:
Here’s just a couple notes on the making of it:
*This is not the full 1.25 yds! I cut the piece into quarters so I have enough to make 3 more – one for my daughters to share (don’t really know what I’ll personalize it with since it will be shared), one for another boy celebrating a birthday in October, and one to keep for a future present. I thought this was a good size to get a good roadway for each playmat. But, um, I don’t remember the exact measurements. (I’ll look it up if you want to know.)
*I personalized it before creating the quilt sandwich so I could stitch the letters down without it showing through to the front. My letters weren’t nearly as neat as on the prior post’s pillow because I simply freehanded them.
*The pockets however were added after I quilted the playmat because otherwise the quilting would have closed the pockets. That stitching does show through to the front, but I don’t think it’s too distracting.
*I made it with the “birthing” method so I wouldn’t have to bind it.
If you want further directions, let me know and I’ll detail it out some more.
I understand the recipient loves his very own roadway. Can’t you just see some kids zooming their cars along?
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