Car Caddy Activity Mat

O-M-G! I haven’t been this excited about finishing a project in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved all the projects I’ve made. But because this one’s for Josh’s 3rd birthday present, I know how excited he’s gonna be when he sees it.

This fantabulous On-The-Go Car Activity Mat project is by Lisa from Fiskarscraft.

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I started it this afternoon. Unfortunately, the pictures from Fiskarscraft’s tutorial does not work, so I was guided just by the instructions. However, Cathy from Created by Cathy (a fellow Australian) was good enough to make up templates for the 4 interactive sections. This made it a lot easier to get it all done.

The instructions don’t provide guided measurements for each piece, so if you wanted to make one yourself, here’s a few measurements I’ve calculated:

  • Size of exterior fabric and green lining – 26″ x 18.5″
  • 1 piece of grey felt for the road – 20″ x 16″ (Cut out 4 rectangular sections (5″ x 7″)  with 2″ border and “2 gap from each other)
  • Pocket fabric – 7.5″ x 18.5″ – folded in half length ways

These might make it a bit easier for those who want to try this project. I didn’t have a whole piece of 20″ x 16″ grey felt, so I just pieced a lot of sections together.

 

For the exterior fabric, I took advantage of my never-ending stash of  road fabric bought a while back.

   

 

So I used this for the exterior of the car activity mat. Then I used red fabric for the pocket and added a black ribbon that looked like a little road (I would’ve like to have added a checked ribbon but alas, just gotta use what I’ve got – still turned out great though).

 

This fabric is great ’cause now the caddy is double-sided, which means double the adventure for Josh’s imagination.

 

Now, here’s the other side.

The little orange witch’s hat can be pushed up during play; the bubbles from the car wash is made of clear buttons (clever); the petrol pump is made from a shoe lace (I didn’t have black ones so I just coloured a white one with a black marker) and don’t you just love the little pond.

 

The tutorial has instructions to add ties to close up the mat, but I thought Josh is not that good yet with tying up secure knots, so I added velcro instead.

 

 

Then I had a stroke of genius when I happen to drop something and when I picked it up, caught a glimpse of my camera tripod case and it’s straps. I wanted the activity mat to have similar ones. So I looked through my bag accessories gadget kit and saw a clip buckle and I used black webbing for the straps (which I made adjustable to be able to be worn across the chest).

 

Here’s how it turned out.

 

Can’t wait for Josh to see it. I was going to finish it by monogramming Joshua’s name on the pockets with different coloured felt + close up the opening, but I wanted to get this post written up. Will update this post later with the monogram.

Yay! Me so happy!

 

EDIT:  Here are the final touches to the car caddy activity mat.

 

I coloured in the white velcro to match the fabric so it wouldn’t stand out too much when the exterior side is being used.

 

 And I added Joshua’s name on top of the pockets. So all is ready for playtime.

 

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6 thoughts on “Car Caddy Activity Mat

  1. Glad you liked the templates! I found it easier to have something to work from when cutting the shapes!

    I also like your strap instead of the ties as well as the addition of the name! Well done!

  2. I know this is from ages ago but I love your version of this car caddy! Just wondering if you by any chance still have the templates that Cathy came up with as her blog doesn’t seem to be active any more :-/ Thanks from a fellow Aussie!

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