I have been busy here last couple of weeks, sort of making mood has hit me and lots of organising and cleaning happening too. Spring is in the air, I really feel it! Today I spent five hours in the garden tidying this massive place up and getting it ready for spring. Under lots of overgrown oregano I found first blooms – two crocus plants desperately stretching for some sunshine. I rescued them, this old oregano had to go anyway. Now making long list of plants what to have in our garden, and also veg list for my little veg patch! I’m overly excited about that!!
Anyway, back to making and sewing. Last week Oscar had two birthday invitations in his bag, his little nursery friends are turning four. He’s not happy as he wants to be four too, unfortunately for him he has to wait another five months for it to happen… But he’s very happy about being invited to the party, of course:)
Some time ago I stumbled across a tutorial how to make small travel playing mat with little pockets for matchstick cars for it. Bit of research and I found it again – Homemade by Jill has her tutorial how to make cozy car caddy, very easy tutorial to follow with clear instructions.
I used some fabric I already had – I am big fan of recycling and upcycling and remaking, whatever you call it – old jeans make perfect heavy weight fabric for projects like this. Also some lighter fabric, velcro, bondaweb and scrap fabric for applique bits (I didn’t use acrylic paint but instead made little applique numbers).
It took me about three hours to finish (and no, I didn’t forget to add my new label to it!), most tricky part was to get the velcro strap in the right place, so when the case is folded with six matchstick cars in it stays closed properly too. Glad to say it worked first time around.
Oscar had a go at playing with the mat when it was ready. He absolutely loved it. Firstly because it has numbers on. He’s seriously into numbers. But he loved driving the cars into their ‘garages’ and driving them out to the road again. The cars even had few crashes. Luckily no injuries though:) I really hope his little friends love playing with this mat too!
I think I don’t need to add that I have next order lined up already:)