This was my final homemade Christmas gift for Sweet P and I must say I am super proud of how it turned out. We haven't really played with it much, yet, but I can't wait until we get going with it. I heard about this idea from fellow blogger Allison and followed her trail to find A Girl and a Glue Gun, which is where (as you can see) I found the idea and the mat was born.
I purchased felt by the yard from Joann's. I can't remember the exact cost because I bought other things that day, but I didn't even buy a complete yard (a half, a 1/4 and an 1/8th of 3 different colors). The rest of the felt came from felt squares (although they are really rectangles) I had or ones I bought at Hobby Lobby, Joann's or Michaels (because I HAD to have a certain color). The only other tools you need are a good (I mean really good) pair of scissors and a glue gun (and maybe a ruler if you're fancy like that).
This project took me several nights to complete and I'd say the hardest part was deciding on what to put on the mat and the road. I wanted to make sure it could grow with her and that certain places would still be significant in a few years. So without further ado, here is Sweet P's car mat. I still can't believe I made this.
**Excuse the wrinkledness, it'd been rolled up and shoved into a car for 12 hours.
Sweet P's garages: These are pockets that can store cars, figurines and other toys that can be played with on the mat.
Our farm: We don't have cows anymore, but I couldn't resist putting one there. I also added pumpkins, cabbage/lettuce and some carrots, a tractor and a barn in the distance (since it's obviously not to scale!).
Mommy's Weaknesses: The town wouldn't be complete without a coffee shop and a Target. Pretty sure those will still be in our lives for years to come. Once upon a time I tried to give up coffee. Still workin' on that.
The Park: Sweet P is obsessed with swings and I couldn't resist putting a soccer field. And the awesome Farmer contributed the soccer ball with the Nike swoosh (he even cut it out for me!). There's a pond and a tire swing, too.
Sweet P LOVES HyVee. For no reason other than the fact that they have a FREE (yes, I said free) mechanical horse that children can ride on. As soon as we pull into the parking lot she says, NAAAYYY!!!! That's him in the right corner of the store.
Here is the library, church and mall. There are also roads to Hobbs and Dallas (important roads around here!).
There's also a pharmacy, Trader Joe's (how could I forget a close up of that!) and the YMCA. The second hardest part was cutting those teensy weensy flowers, but I'm glad they're there.
And last but not least is a neighborhood. If you've been to my house, you'll know that the bottom left house looks very similar to the one we live in (I bought that beige color of felt for that specific purpose). We even have a big window in front just like that! Although, we don't have any neighbors with hot pink roofs.
If I had to estimate, this project cost less than $10 to make because I had most of the tools I needed. If you make a felt car mat, I'd love to see it! And I think A Girl and a Glue Gun would, too!