felt 11 inches by 18 inches (the by the yard felt works best) and you'll also need some sew on hook & loop tape (Velcro.) You will also need, a yard stick, scissors, a fabric marking pen, a sewing machine, iron & ironing board, and... some small toy cars (like Hot Wheels or Match Box.)
This is a lengthy tutorial - but don't be intimated, it's
a really easy project and takes under an hour to complete.
Start your project by pinning together the two pieces of quilting cotton, right sides together. I used a simple black & white stripe (it reminded me of racing) and a green solid (kinda grassy, don't ya think?)
Stitch around 3 sides of the material with a 1/2 inch seam, leaving the last side open.
Once stitched, turn it right side out and iron all the seams so it lays flat like a pillow case.
After it's ironed, turn down the un-stitched edge into the interior, so that it will seal up with a seam.
Stitch down the ironed seam to completely sew the two fabrics together seamlessly.
Now your piece is 21 inches long by 16 inches wide.
Fold up the end of the 21 inch side 3 1/2 inches, to create a long pocket.
Sew it down with a 1/2 inch seam allowance on each end.
Once you have your pocket, start at the seam and mark every 3 inches, then stitch a line down so that you create 5 individual pockets. (There are 15 inches between the two ends, so it works out perfectly.)
Now you have a home for some of those little cars! Of course, they need a little road room to go with them, so let's make a race track.
Start by printing this pattern. Click on the image and it will open in a new page. Click on it to enlarge, then save the image and print on regular printer paper for your pattern.
Start by folding the paper so that you can snip a hole in the middle of the "track" to cut out the insides.
Trim it out, then cut around the outsides of the outline so that you get a figure 8 shaped "track."
The track fits onto the roll up base from corner to corner perfectly.
That way, they have the most track possible :)
Sew down the track to the fabric by stitching along the outside edge of the track, then again on the inside. Now that the roll is done, you need a way to close it up.
I used small pieces of hook and loop, 2 inches by 1 inches.
Sew them in 3 spots, one on each end and one in the middle.
Start by putting them on the inside of the roll, then roll up the cars to see where the matching pieces go.
Tip of the day: Figure out where the hook part goes, then pin it to the fabric face down so that you can adjust it. Once you have them all pinned, just flip them over right in place before sewing it in place.
And that's it! WHEW! I find that it easily folds in half, so it can fit into a diaper bag, travel case, or even a back pack.
It's perfect for long car rides, etc.
Now what little boy wouldn't love it?
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