When I first saw this Riley Blake fabric (My Minds Eye – Wheels in Brown and White), I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I’ve seen other car rolls before, but this fabric just screamed “Wouldn’t a nice young boy (or girl) love to drive their cars on me???”. So here’s a super simple car roll and mat. (Note: I did not receive any compensation for using/mentioning Riley Blake fabrics – but I’ve got to say, who wouldn’t want to use it?)
The roll/mat holds 6 Matchbox sized cars. The pocket size allows for various shapes of cars (trucks, SUVs, and of course, race cars). It rolls up to approximately 5″h x 3.5″ in diameter, depending on the size of cars you pack in there. The open mat measures 28 3/4″ x 17″. This allows for enough room for two kids (I mean drivers) to play without getting too many traffic jams.
What you’ll need:
2 30″ x 18″ pieces of fabric, interfaced
1 10″ x 18″ piece for the pockets
small elastic hair band
Water soluble fabric pen
Oh, yeah, don’t forget the cars!
OK….. let’s make this!
Fold the pocket piece in half, wrong sides together, so that it’s now 5″ x 18″ and iron flat.
With right sides together, pin pocket piece to the mat piece (with the roads), raw edges together, on the left side of the mat.
Baste around the outer edge as close to the edge as possible. (No more than 1/4″.) This is your pocket. for the cars.
Mark the pockets: Using a water soluble fabric marker, mark 3/4″ in from both edges of the pocket. You will not sew these lines, they’re just for placement.
Starting at these lines, mark 6 pockets with 2 3/4″ between them. (You should find you have exactly enough room for 6 pockets and the 3/4″ extra on both ends.)
Sew the 5 lines that create the pockets. (Don’t sew the lines that are 3/4″ from the edges.)
Baste an elastic loop roughly 4″ from the top right corner of the mat. Lay it so that it’s on the mat piece and not sticking up off the fabric.
Pin the mat to the back piece, right sides together.
Sew around with a 3/8″ seam, leaving an opening (about 4″ – 5″) at the bottom for turning.
Trim corners and turn right side out. Topstitch 3/8″ from the edge all the way around.
Put your cars in the pockets.
Roll up the mat.
Pull the elastic band a bit and mark with your fabric pen where the button should go.
Sew on the button and you’re done!
Would your little driver like this??