Here is a project I have been wanting to do for a while! My nephew, Royce turned one in September, and, while his motor skills may not quite be prepared to play with this to its fullest extent, I think its a gift he will love, not only now, but even more so down the road. It is certainly a gift I think his parents will appreciate, as its easily transportable and can be used in lots of different environments and situations. I have seen projects similar to this, but I wanted to fashion something that could hold a few more cars than what I had seen, along with a much bigger area in which to "drive." Here is how to make your own:
-double-sided, fusible web (I used Steam-a-Seam Lite)
-brown felt scraps
-toy cars (7-8)
1. Cut out a piece of 18" x 36" blue felt
2. Using black felt, cut out pieces of road to adhere to blue felt (I cut out a piece at a time and placed it on the blue felt to determine how much space I had remaining for additional pieces)
3. Trace each piece of road onto fusible web. Cut out and adhere to road pieces. Align road pieces onto blue felt according to where you would like it to be permanently located
4. Set iron to "wool" setting and follow the directions of the fusible web to adhere road pieces permanently.
5. Cut out a 3" x 18" yellow felt piece and align on the bottom of the blue felt. Pin the yellow and blue felt pieces together along the edges
6. Sew along the edges where pinned.
7. Measure and pin every 2 1/2" of yellow felt. Sew 7 vertical stitches where pinned to form car pockets.
8. Cut out small, rectangular pieces of yellow felt to form the dashes on the road. Using craft glue, adhere felt.
9. Using pinking shears and scissors, cut green and brown felt to create trees and bushes. Adhere along the road and surrounding area using craft glue
10. Cut cloud shapes out of white felt and adhere using craft glue.
11. Using pinking shears, create a sun out of yellow felt. Adhere in top corner of blue felt using craft glue.
12. Allow about an hour for pieces to dry
13. Loop a 12" piece of elastic and hand stitch both ends to the bottom of the second pocket
14. Place toy cars into pockets, leaving the middle pocket empty
15. Fold the car holder/road in half vertically and roll toward the elastic strip
16. Stretch elastic around rolled felt piece
This project shared with the following awesome blogs and websites:
Tatertots and Jello, Be Different, Act Normal, Cheerios and Lattes, i heart nap time, Flamingo Toes, Skip to My Lou, Sew Can Do