Handmade Christmas Gifts: Car Roll Up

Christmas is only a few weeks away, so I’m hoping to share some handmade ideas with you throughout the season. I adore handmade gifts – and luckily my family does, too. That means I have lots of gift to make, and I’m going to share some of my ideas with you. I’m starting with one for my little Brady – a car roll up, perfect for busy boys.

This project is a serious scrap buster, so it’s easy on the budget. You’ll need 2 pieces of quilting fabric that are 17 inches by 22 inches, a piece of 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.

Fold your felt in half, so that it is basically the same size as a sheet of paper. Cut the pattern out by placing the open end of the track on the fold.

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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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO adorable I can’t take it!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this…I love it so much I WANT TO PLAY WITH IT!!!! Great job Gina…you really ROCKED this one! hugs!!!

  2. This is so cute Gina..I miss making toys and clothes for my son since he is grown up..sigh..

  3. Gina- THIS is PERFECT for my three year old grandson. Something he can take with him for play dates, etc. I absolutely love how self contained it is- xo Diana

  4. adorable!!!

  5. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for a great tutorial.

  6. How cute, what a great idea:)

  7. My son would love this. I may attempt it for Christmas.

  8. Gina, this is SO cute!

  9. This is awesome my friend.

  10. Love this! incredibly clever!!

  11. Cute + Practical = life changing for the mom of a 2yr old boy 🙂


  12. Precious idea for my 2 year old grandson. He had the most fun putting the cars in the pockets and rolling them out. Kept him entertained for a long time. I used a loop of elastic to keep it together after folding in half. No hooks to catch hair and string.

  13. I loved this tutorial and made two to give away to some nephews- see the finished product here:

    Thanks again!

  14. It is GREAT! I am borrowing your idea. I will modify it though – I will make stuffed fabric cars that will be sticked to the street thanks to velcro.
    When finished I will share!:)

  15. I just made my first one! Your tutorial is awesome…this was the first sewing project I’ve completed on my own and it turned out great! Thank you!!! (I’m planning on making several more to give as party favors to my son’s race car themed birthday party)


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