Oscar's car playmat

My piece de resistance, Oscar's car playmat:

This project was truly a labor of love.  It took over 50 hours to complete, and at least 10 years off my life.  But ... the final product was worth it.  Hopefully Oscar and siblings will play with this for years to come, and someday he will appreciate the effort that went into it.


The playmat measures about 3x4 feet, and is almost entirely appliqued.  The road is painted with black acrylic paint, and then sewn around the edges to give it a crisp look and to make it more cohesive with the rest of the playmat.

I designed all of the buildings myself, except of course for the gas station and car wash, which I copied from the Fiskar's Car Activity Mat (they were too cute to resist).  For the gas pump hose, I substituted the shoelace with a elastic hairband.  The car wash strips are leather trim.

The playmat includes all of our favorite places around town, like Grandma and Grandpa's house, complete with their fruit trees:
Chicken Little, our local toy store:
The courthouse, which also double's as daddy's work:
Crushcakes Cupcakery and Trader Joe's:
In-N-Out burger:
and a school with the ever-important playground:
Other buildings include the train station, fire department, additional houses, our church, and of course we couldn't leave off the beach. We also have traffic signs, cross walks, parking spaces and a post box. 

Some of the buildings, like the courthouse and In-N-Out, look true to life.  I took liberties with others, like Crushcakes and all of the houses, to make them more festive.  If I made this mat look just like Santa Barbara, almost every building would be stucco with a red tile roof.

The playmat is backed with Riley Blake White Map from the Wheels collection.

All in all, a very satisfying project and a very happy birthday boy!

203 comments:

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gina said...

Oh my goodness! What a labor of love! Your little one will love, love playing with it. Cherish the moments because they grow up way too quickly.

Hugs,
Gina

Seaside Siblings said...

It looks STUNNING! What an amazing effort, love it.

Soprat said...

I'm very impressed by all that you makes! It is amazing! I like:)

Paula said...

Wow, unbelievable. This would be fun for an adult! Thanks for sharing. I'm a recovering "blog lurker" of yours...I'm trying to comment more :)

by night said...

Oh wow! It is purely amazing! Magnifique! Extraordinaire! What a beautiful gift you made him! What a lucky boy! He certainly will spent hours playing on it!

Ellen said...

Wow, that is a great project! Love it and I am sure the little man does too!

maree said...

Wow - you have created something that will be a treasure in your family for many, many years I'm sure. Just love all the personal details - I am sure you will enjoy the delight you see as the young people play on it. Ciao

Britten said...

This is unbelievable. You have a really happy boy at home with this crazy-crafty mother!

Trisha said...

That is beautifully done. I love how you designed it after your own town. I am sure many wonderful memories will be created while using it!

Linda said...

It's amazing! Well done!

Lena said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us. It just looks so cute and I hope your family has many years of joy and happiness.

Vanssmomc said...

All I can say is WOW!! This is such a wonderful gift that you made for Oscar and with all the personal touches, a gift that will be cherished!

Elisabeth said...

I love this mat! I was searching for something like that only days ago. Couldn't find anything. Thank you!

biancifiore said...

amazing!!!

CraftyMummy said...

I LOVE this, Jill. You've done an amazing job - the details, the colours, perfect!

I'm featuring your car mat over at my blog in the next couple of days - if that's ok!

Christian said...

wow, that has a ton of detail. I am not at all ambitious enough to make that. Oscar is one lucky kid! :)

boomie said...

Very impressive! Those details! You rule!

Jennifer said...

So incredibly adorable! The trims are all so perfect - esp. like the rickrack used as Spanish tile!

JerseyBaby said...

That is truly amazing and wonderful! I predict he'll love it forever. Happy birthday to Oscar!

Rhonda said...

That is fabulous - he will cherish that little mat forever!

Gayle Wood said...

Simply beautiful!

Stephanie Rose said...

absolutely beautiful!! I love it!

cooperl788 said...

That playmat is so much more than just a playmat - it's a family heirloom. I'm willing to bet that your grandkids will be playing with that mat someday!

ashley said...

that is amazing... I thought I was a great mom when I bought my boys a car play mat from ikea... you gave your little guy a true gift from the heart!

WCD said...

Wow you did such a great job on the play mat!

Maggie said...

wow, that's amazing!

Cara @ Me? A Mom? said...

I love all the detail and personalization you put into this! It is both charming and exquisite!!

Katherine said...

whoa. brilliant. and beautiful.

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

This is fabulous. You are amazing! Can't you just imagine your little grandkids playing with it someday, too? Wonderful job!

alejandra said...

What an effort!!
Congratulations!!!
Your little one ´ld love it.

Danielle said...

Love the In&Out Burger! This mat is awesome!

Melissa said...

That is amazing, I'm sure all your children will love it. Great Job I love all the embellishments.

Paula W. said...

Fantastic! What a wonderful gift for your son.

Emily said...

Amazing!

Tracy said...

Amazingly adorable. The details are just fantastic.

jlk said...

This is amazing!!

The Robinsons said...

Oh yea!! This was the project I was hoping it would be! Ever since you posted photos of the play mat that was yours when you were a child, I hava similar quilt (to double as a play mat) one for my son. You are WAY further than I got though...mine is still mostly in the sketch phase (but at least they are all finished! and I, too had planned on appliqueing the majority. Thank you so much for posting photos (and an honest time line so I know what I'm in for and not to get discouraged when I realize I had bit off more than I realized). I am officially re-inspired! His birthday is Christmas Eve, so we'll see if I make my deadline!

hannah said...

This is gorgeous and inspiring! Oscar and Ruby are so blessed to have you as their momma.

Dilla said...

Goodness! Such a wonderful job.

april's craft nest said...

absolultey amazing! i love all the little details -and the tj's awning is so cute!

B is for Boy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! My little boy would love something like this! Maybe by the time he leaves for college I'll make him one! Good job- you've been working hard!

Chris said...

All the other comments are spot on...I just had to add my own "wow". I'm amazed at the detail. It is definitely an heirloom!

Cortney said...

Amazing work! A car playmat is not complete without an In-n-Out :) This is truly a labor of love and I'm sure generations of boys and girls will love your mat.

Rachel said...

!!!
it turned out adorable !
for sure a labor of love !
the details are amazing !

Belinda said...

This is totally da bomb!!!! I hope you don't mind if I use this idea for my nephew....because it's really amazing and such a perfect idea! Thanks for sharing this labor of love.

Better Life Bags said...

I can't wait to make this! What a great way to use up some extra fabric scraps!!

I actually have a new link party each Saturday called "Scrap Happy Saturday" where we link up projects using fabric scraps. It's open all week and I'd love for you to link this one! Thanks!

http://betterlifebags.blogspot.com/2010/10/scrap-happy-saturday-4.html

Rebecca

Hobbyaholic (April) said...

Hmmm wonder if I have 50 hours and 10 years to make one for my nephew who is a huge transportation nut.

Your talent amazes us all. Great job. Thanks for the inspiration.

Des said...

wow, wow, and wow! It's good to know what Santa Barbara looks like! My son is serving a mission for our church in SB. Good to know there is an In N Out and Trader Joes near by. :)

Annette said...

wow... really great job, a birthday present never to forgot...

Meg said...

It's been said already, but WOW!! I can see grandkids pulling this out to play with..... many years down the road. :)

amber said...

You are a saint! Makes me tired just looking at it!

patchyapple said...

It is gorgeous- A true work of love and I am sure it will be loved for a long time. Imagine that someday you might see grandkids playing on it **HEART**

Mama J said...

All I can say is, "Wow!"

And I love SB. Will be there for Thanksgiving. Chicken Little is my sister's hot spot :)

Stacey said...

Brilliance! You always amaze me!

Gilbert Family said...

WOW is all i have to say WOWWOWOWOWOWOWOOW. very talented!

Sandy said...

That is so amazing!!! You are very talented (and patient.. lol!) A definite family heirloom for sure.

Cassie said...

This is unbelievable! What a precious keepsake for your little man! You're such an inspiration:)

Amy said...

Whoa! That is by far the most ambitious project that I have ever seen! What an incredible pay off to such a big undertaking! You kids will love it and as they get older they will love that you made it! It will be something that can be passed down from generation to generation.

Amy said...

This is so amazing. Oscar & Ruby are lucky to have you for a mommy. You did such a great job, and I'm sure one day you will be appreciated for all the beautiful details you included. This will make a great family heirloom for your children... a wonderful gift.

Angela said...

Holy smokes! That is awsomely beautiful!

Brianne said...

That is incredible!

Erica said...

This is so amazing! What an amazing and very special birthday gift for your son! I love how you included all of your favorite places. What a cool item for your son to be able to share with his children when he grows up. My kids would love something like this. My son is 8, and he still loves playing with cars.

laura said...

I know this has already been said, but I have to say it, too--rick rack as Spanish tile is genius. Makes me want to do a wall-hanging of the California missions. The whole thing is gorgeous. :)

C's Mommy said...

What an incredible "gift" to your son! I am in awe! It's so amazing! I love the thoughtful details such as your local shops & Grandmas!!

savvy stitch said...

WOW!!! This is so cool!

Cole's Corner said...

WOW Jill. That is awesome!!!

Jessica said...

Wow! I am always amazed to see what you make. This is amazing! You are amazing!

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Settee said...

This is truly amazing! :-)

Michelle said...

What a treasure {sure to be an heirloom} and an amazing, heartfelt gift! Great job, mama!

Peggy said...

wow i am actually speechless. it is amazing. I hope they spend many hours playing!

Andrea said...

This is incredible! I'm so amazed that you made this!!

Blogful said...

I LOVE it! I remember your saying you were making one a while back and it also sparked the idea at our house. Then I found one for $14 at IKEA and changed my mind. But this. This is amazing. WAY way better than the cheap IKEA mat. A piece of family history.

freedomschick said...

Absolutely amazing! Wonder if my little girl would want one of these? Makes me want a boy...

Rochelle Barlow said...

Can you be my mommy too? Holy smoke that mat is amazing! I could get lost playing on it for hours. Can I come over?

The Girl Creative said...

You are amazing! I can tell so much time went into this. What a lucky little boy he is. :)

Emily said...

Holy wow! That is so awesome. You are such an amazing woman/mom! Too cool. He will love that forever!

Summer :) said...

ADORABLE!!!! :) So cute! My brother and I had one of these when we were little, but not handmade with love! Truly a gift. How long did this take you?!

Margie said...

I told my sister in law I would make one of these for my nephew for christmas. I needed some inspiration though.... Now I have it :) Thanks!

Lydia said...

That is SO GREAT! You are very talented.

BECKY said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome. Great job.

seemommysew said...

wow....this is amazing!

Leanne said...

That is SO cute! way to go!

Mandy said...

Oh My Gosh!!!! Amazing, and super cute! WOW!!!

Jennifer said...

Wow! The detail on it is amazing! The whole thing is so adorable.

Natchel said...

Did you use fusible webbing on ALL those tiny little pieces?? And where did you find the little yield and stop signs? This is amazing!

lil misses' mama said...

amazing...but that really isn't the right word...outstanding? no, that doesn't quite do it either! fantastic!

Kari said...

this is the most amazing homemade thing i've ever seen! i hope that your kids log at least as many hours playing on it as you did making it. i can see it being passed down to your future grandchildren!

lifeinredshoes said...

You have really outdone yourself this time!
The courthouse and Traders, ahhhh how I miss them:(
This is an heirloom.

Amy said...

Wow, that is a labor of love. When I made mine I just used markers on a white sheet. I'm sure Oscar loves it and will use it for years to come. Beautiful work!!!

Rachel said...

Oh wow, that is truly amazing! Stunning!

(Just a quick word of advice; somewhere on that beautiful piece of work put your phone number or address, just on the horrible off-chance it gets misplaced or lost. Had that happen to me . . .)

Aubry Macbean said...

Love it. Now I just need to convince the husband to let me start one now so that when my boy turns two in a year I will be ready.

Mia said...

This is INCREDIBLE!!! You did an amazing job. This will be a treasure for him to save when he grows out of playing with it.

Tiffany said...

This is amazing! If I ever have a little boy, I plan on doing something like this. I'm sure it will be treasured for years!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Just beautiful!! Truely a family heirloom.
Well done.
You should be one proud mama and artist!

xoxo
pink and green mama
MaryLea

Maggie said...

This looks amazing!! You did such a great job!

Lisa & Jason said...

You made that?!? I'm not sure whether to cal you brilliant or crazy! Let's go with brilliant

bethanndodd said...

WOW!!! I am so impressed (and jealous!). A fantastic birthday present for your little prince!

Stacey said...

Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I hope you put this away for him when he's grown out of it so he can really appreciate what you've made for him!! You did an amazing job!!

Amanda said...

Oh my word, that is absolutely amazing and is so getting bookmarked! Wow, just wow!!

Tanya said...

You. Are. A. Wonder!

The details are fabulous. Well done!

Kari Lynn said...

Oh my goodness! This mat is absolutely stunning! I'm sure it will be something that he cherish's and passed down to his kids some day (:

Tamara said...

You're a genius! Well-deserved of the 100+ comments Jill! :)

Linda said...

That is incredibly amazing! A true work of art and family heirloom. (Having grown up in Carpinteria, I especially love the true-to-life courthouse!) Oscar is one blessed little boy.

Evelyn Campbell Curtis said...

I TOTALLY understand what you mean by a labor of love! I made one of these for my nephews a few years back. However, Mine was not quite as awesome as yours! My great grandma made one for my older brothers when they were little. They loved it, and it was passed down from kid to kid. We all loved it.

When I made the garages for the little houses, I made a little pocket that the cars can drive into. I am now having a baby boy, and I can't wait for one day when I can make one for him! ;)

Vanessa said...

Absolutely awesome! That has to be the best playmat I've ever seen!

Mary Ella said...

You did an amazing job! It looks so wonderful.

barneyn said...

this is amazing!! wow!!!

dana said...

Wow. I mean, WOW. Very very cool Jill! You amaze me. I love it! I'm sure Oscar does too :)

Little Miss Pinay Crafter said...

I love this! Your blog offers endless inspiration to me. In fact, you inspired me to start my own craft blog. :)

Tiffany said...

The detail in this is INSANE! I would never have the patience. But WOW it looks amazing!

Natalie said...

Wow this is just unbelievable!! Thanks for sharing it - I am so inspired.

Lisbei said...

Congratulations, it's simply gorgeous ! I think your little boy will adore it !

Paula said...

It's amazing! Congratulations for a wonderful work

Miss Jenn said...

as usual YOU ROCK! that's awesome!

iknitipurl said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Kourtney said...

I love it! I knew when you drew up plans for this play mat awhile ago it would be amazing... you never disappoint! Thanks Jill for all of the inspiration.

Steph said...

Jill, this playmat is ABSOLUTELY amazing!!!!

I've followed your blog for several years and love all the projects you complete.

I'm an STL girl too, so I appreciate your roots and am jealous of your time with your littles.

Keep up the great work!
Stephanie Corwin Slonka (Boston)

LiEr said...

Jill it is stupendous! I love it!

Jana Floyd said...

AMAZING. Amazing, that as a mother of two children (and one infant), you are still able to create such wonderful things.

Ashley said...

Jill, that is fantastic! I love all the detail in the sweet mat. And look how cute Oscar is at the end "vrooming" his cars around. What a treasure.

Emily said...

Oh my goodness! Amazing! I love the little details like IN-n-Out!

Barbara said...

As a new grandma, I have been following your blog for the past six months and have enjoyed making your burp clothes, apple dolls, etc for my two new grandbabies, Margaret Jayne and Felix. But the play cloth is superb-. Bravo!!
I may start for my grandbabies and hope to complete before they are two years old! thanks, Barbara

Tatkis said...

Such a FANTASTIC creation! And the result is worth all your efforts!
All the details so lovely! Great work!

Best wishes,
Tatyana

Anonymous said...

oh WOW!!! Holy Cow you are incredible!!! So jealous of your wonderful skills!

Amy said...

this is the cutest thing i have ever seen!! i'm TOTALLY copying you. hopefully i'll have it finished in the next 10 years :)

Amy said...

Amazing! I have been thinking of making one for my kids for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jennwith4 said...

Wow!! What a beautiful playmat!

Lori Thompson said...

ADORABLE!!

con il ♥ e le mani said...

wow, i'm speechless... it's just wonderful! it would took 50 months for me to make this! you're so good! bye, linda

Amy said...

Jill,

You are one amazing momma! I don't know how you do it with two kids!! You really did an incredible job on this!!

mummastimetocreate said...

This is sooo gorgeous!! I have been thinking about making something similar for my girls but I think I'm a bit scared off now lol... You've just done such and amazing job!!!

WendyLou said...

This is AMAZING!! Great job!!

Jenny said...

I've enjoyed looking at all of your crafts over the past couple of years and wished I could have HALF of your motivation and creativity. But THIS tops all of them!! What a MAGNIFICENT job you did on this play mat!!! I'm blown away. WOW!
Happy (second) Birthday to Oscar as well!!!

The Smallest Sparrow said...

OK. That is ridiculously cute. What a fun idea! I love all of the attention to detail. My little boy would go nuts over something like this.

Lisa said...

AMAZING! What a good mom you are... great job!

Janelle said...

That is the cutest thing ever. I am so impressed with your dedication. You kids are going to fight over that when they are older and have their own kids.

Amazing

Moo said...

That really is a fabulous car mat! I can tell that you made it with such love (and patience!).

Rachel said...

absolutely incredible!!!!!!!

Debbie said...

This is an awesome car mat it's funny 2 weeks ago I decided I was going to make one for my son for Christmas and started buying stuff then a freind of mine told me about yours it's great. 1 question how did you hold the two pieces of fabric together did you just tie them in a couple spots??? did you quilt through a couple buildings??? That wouls help me out alot I'm going to applique mine also so I was thinking on how to keep the 2 fabrics together.

CraftyMummy said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured your post on my blog: http://mummycrafts.blogspot.com/2010/10/most-amazing-car-mat-ever.html

homemade by jill said...

Debbie -

I appliqued all the buildings only to the top layer of fabric. Then I added the backing and top stitched on a few of the roads (but not all of them).

Hope that helps!

Debbie said...

Yes that does help very much, thank you I'm glad you made one of these it helps me figure out the idea I had in my head, and it helped me to visualize my buildings better. You do such great, cute stuff!

Jerri said...

This is seriously amazing! What a dedicated project. Very beautiful.

red de rOuge said...

It's wonderfull! You are a genius!

rebekah said...

i've been wanting to make one of these for my son, but all the ones i'd seen were, well... kind of lame :)
but this is amazing!!! it's very inspiring to see what's possible! and thanks for including how long it took you to complete.. at least i'll have a reasonable expectation instead of thinking i could just throw something together for him at the drop of a hat and still have it look awesome :)

AJ and Dexter's Mom said...

The playmat is just gorgeous. It looks amazing!

JP said...

Oh my gosh, that is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I wish I were cute like you!! I just have to buy my kids stuff like that...but thanks for the inspiration! And happy birthday to your little guy!

Pretty Little Things for Home & Life said...

There honestly are no words to describe this!! But amazing, awesome and absolutely PERFECT come to mind!

Oscar is one lucky man to have such an amazingly talented (and obviously patient mom!)

Schizzo di colore said...

It'FANTASTIC!!!
Wonderful work!...and lots of love for your son.
Giulia

shoutingforha said...

What a wonderful gift! You're design is just amazing.

Mrs.Day said...

I love it! I had one of these growing up, endless hours of fun!

julia said...

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this!. I'm going on maternity leave soon and it be awesome if I could the time in there to (slowly) piece one of these together for my 2 year old.

he currently prefers to 'drive' his cars on the wall - so every little bit helps :)

Jodi Jean said...

love love love it!

but i must admit, the in-and-out is my favorite part!!! YUM!

Amy @ Whisk & Whimsy said...

WOW. This is outstanding, I am truly inspired :) What a luck little boy Oscar is.

katie said...

that is incredibly impressive & so creative! the cupcake shop & in-and-out are making me hungry! :)

Debbie said...

ok another question, did you use any batting or anything between fabrics???

homemade by jill said...

No, I didn't use any batting. I figured the cars would roll on it better if it wasn't too cushy.

Aubrey said...

Wow! I LOVE it. My son is just 7 months old, but maybe if I start working on it now, it will be ready in time for his second birthday! :)

Heather said...

That is absolutely beautiful!

Kylie said...

This is amazing - well done:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill, I love your playmat! I have been wanting to make one of these, now I'm really inspired. Random question for you, do you have any scraps left from this project that you would be willing to sell? It seems the hardest part is going to be gathering enough fabrics that will look good on the mat. Just thought I would ask. Thanks, Jenn

Debbie said...

Jenn, I am currently making one of these and for my little buildings and stuff I just bought some of the "fat quarters" they sell at the fabric store that way it doesn't cost alot of $$$ for big cuts you dont need.

Lauren said...

I think that might be the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Karey said...

WOW! I am in AWE! So cute! I made your car caddy last year, but I'm not sure I have this one in me :) I'll have to keep in in mind though - awesome inspiration! Thank you for sharing, as usual!

Ashlyn said...

This is the cutest playmat ever! I am making one for my son for Christmas and wanted it personalized. Thanks for sharing, I will be referring to your craftiness alot the next two months.

Cindy said...

Honestly...AWESOME!!!

The Fox Family said...

any chance you will give us some patterns? this is amazing! I love your stuff. I have made your felt play house and appreciate all your great ideas! I would love some help with this one. too cute!

christine said...

i have come across a lot of cute things on blogs but that mat really takes the cake. it is incredible.

Kimberly N said...

That's an amazing play mat -- I love the details! Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Wow you are amazing!! I your blog had been around 12 years ago! :)

A and K said...

What dimensions are the firehouse, school, car wash and gas station?

Meris said...

Splendid! Similar ones at http://zenseeker.net/Kid/PlaySurfaces.htm

Its So Very Cheri said...

Jill, first off let me say it was GREAT getting to know you through Crafting with the Stars and I look forward to getting to know you better.

This is soooo adorable. I would LOVE to share a version of your tutorial on my blog--let me know.

I may have to try this for my 5 year old-he would love this.

Cheri

Jess- said...

Hi Jill,

Love your work and LOVE this car mat! I am working on one, not quite to your standards, but one nonetheless! I was thinking of using a flannel for the car mat base fabric. What did you use? I know you painted it I don't know that flannel would tolerate the paint? Suggestions?

THanks!
Your loyal follower,
jess

Nathan & Marlese Seaver said...

This is really awesome and a great idea! thanks for posting this!

Anonymous said...

just stumbled upon this while looking for ideas for a playmat--AMAZING! you did a wonderful job!

emma said...

absolutly, fabulous !!! I love yours !!! congratulations !!!

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

I LOVE IT - you are amazing, it is truely awesome and if my son saw this, he would have road map envy!! you're son will love it xx

melissa said...

THis is absolutely fantastic. I so wish I had the skill to make something like this for my boys. THey would love it!

Julie said...

Oh my gosh...my jaw just hit the ground. That is awesome!

jettnolan said...

I'm wondering if you could tell me where you buy your fabric. The fabric stores in my city aren't the greatest and I would love to find some shops online. Thanks,
Jenn

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled across your blog the other night and I can't stop looking through your archives. This is absolutely AMAZING! I am in awe of this project. Your creativity has been an inspiration for me this summer! Thanks for sharing!

homemade by jill said...

jettnolan - I buy most of my online fabrics at Fabric.com. They have the best prices around!

Anonymous said...

you make me cry...love it
maria eugenia from peru

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely amazing. I envy your talent!

DaynaL said...

That is GREAT!!! I am going to attempt something similar!!!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing. What type of fabric did you use for this project?
Thanks,Jay

Charley said...

Astounding!! If only I had a little boy ... !!
Just found you via a pin on pinterest and i'm very impressed. I would also like to know what fabric the (green) base is? Did you just use curtain/upholstery plain fabric? And how does it wash?!
I really want to make one now. A close friend is having a very VERY long awaited baby who will be a wonderful miracle and I think its a boy ... if it is i'm going to start planning!
www.mummy2midwife.blogspot.com

emilyslittletreasures said...

This is absolutely amazing - very impressed!

Mishka said...

WOW, absolutely fabulous!

Caitlin said...

I love your blog and find your projects so inspiring! (In fact, reading your blog is what got me started sewing). I just made a take along car playmat inspired by this one for my son's second birthday. It's not nearly as fabulous hehe, a lot smaller, and closes up like a drawstring bag to hold the cars and so it's portable. You can see where I posted about it here: http://nennaandbarley.blogspot.com/2012/03/playmat-remix-car-playmat-tutorial-sort.html Keep the great projects coming, you're so inspiring!

Karen Carver said...

OMG... My grandson just asked me today if I could make him one.... is your pattern available?????

Buy Toyota Avensis said...

Some things in here I have not thought about before.Thanks for making such a cool post which is really very well written.will be referring a lot of friends about this.

Venice said...

Thanks for the inspiration, I want to make one for my daughter that fits the coffee table, but I made a floor version for a friends bday. I looked at a few links I'd pinned and you yours was one I kept coming back to. Here's the link to the one I made

http://veniceit.blogspot.ca/2012/12/play-mat.html

Rachelle

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to do this for my grandsons, as I had made one for my son when he was a little guy. What I don't remember is what size I made it. What do you think is a good size? My son took his everywhere we went. I made him a bag to carry it in along with a few cars tucked in side he was ready to go.

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Alicia said...

Hi! I absolutely LOVE your playmat! I grew up in Ventura and lived in Santa Barbara for a number of years, until recently, so it definitely strikes home! You did an excellent job with the courthouse and I love that you added crushcakes :)

We featured your playmat in a round up of similar do-it-yourself toy car ideas on our blog and linked back here!

http://www.feltwithlovedesigns.com/2013/08/02/links-with-love-diy-toy-car-activities/

Love your blog! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!

love bug momma said...

Hi. Did you use some type of fusing for your pieces or stitch them straight on to the fabric? I'd really like to try this, but am a little unsure of the method. Any tips? :> It's really beautiful.

love bug momma said...

Oh! Also, did you mix anything into your black paint (like a fabric medium?) or seal it with anything or is it straight paint? Thanks again!
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love bug momma said...

Is your base material some type of denim or ???

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