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Topic: Little one's car playmat roll thingy  (Read 6884 times)
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« on: January 17, 2009 04:35:01 PM »

I just made this for a nephew's birthday.  Isn't this the greatest fabric?  It's Michael Miller's "Merryville."  Anyway, after months of searching for the perfect playmat, I saw this blog a couple of weeks ago(http://jcaroline.typepad.com/jcaroline/2008/07/merryville-play.html).  I hurried to  order the fabric on Ebay and made this.  It's just backed with denim and there's a little topstitching to keep things in place if it's washed.   I only used a fat quarter-sized piece of the fabric, so I still have 3 more panels left out of the yard I bought.  The mat ended up roughly 17X21". 

I added an attached zippered pouch for the cars:

Here it is all rolled up:

My son thought this was for him, so he's been asking where it is all day.  I guess I'd better go get started on his.   Smiley
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2009 05:02:20 PM »

That is the cutest thing ever! I wish I had a sewing machine, and some sewing skill! My son loooves cars, he would be so happy to have this!

Good job!
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009 08:38:09 AM »

The zippered pouch on the side is great idea and I do love the fabric.

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2009 10:50:48 PM »

That is way cool. You're such a great aunt.

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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2009 05:49:54 AM »

That's really nice!

That brings back memories-- I found a fabric remnant with a town and streets on it when my kids were little.   It wasn't nearly as detailed and cute as that one,  though.   I think that thing got more use than any toy.  The kids would set up lego towns, stuffed animal towns, Hot Wheels' races! 

The one thing I wished was that mine had a pouch to store stuff in, or a way to make it portable--- i always planned to sew it into a tote bag or something, but never got around to it.

Your nephew will enjoy that for years to come, I swear!
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2009 06:55:20 AM »

Thanks for the compliments!  There wasn't much to do after finding the fabric.  I think the Michael Miller Co. is very clever for coming up with fabrics like this!!  I wish I could find something along these lines for my youngest daughter.  She'd love a little take-along Princess play mat. 
Jatoha, that's a nice memory.  Thanks for sharing! 
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2009 07:14:25 AM »

That is so cool!  My 3 yo son loves cars & all things car related.  I especially like the little pouch to put a few cars in & keep with the mat.  Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2009 08:52:35 AM »

what an awsome idea! And the fabric was a great find!
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2009 10:28:35 AM »

Such a great idea! I love the little zipper bag with cars attached. I HAVE to make one for my son. Too bad we missed Christmas and his b-day is today! I'll just be early for next year...

« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2009 04:12:44 PM »

I love this! That fabric is wonderful. And the little pocket is a great idea. My son is the same way... I end up making him one of everything I make for everyone else's kids!

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