Monday, February 15, 2010
For Valentine's Day I wanted to make my gift for my boys. I had seen Car Cozies all over the place, but decided I wanted to come up with a racetrack style one. (Since my 5 year old really loves playing racetrack with his cars.) Here is what I came up with.
Racetrack Car Carrier Tutorial:
Materials you will need
1 14x14 inch square of backing fabric
1 14x14 inch square of front fabric
1 9x14 inch packet fabric
1 black square of felt (the ones you can buy at Walmart, Micheals, Joann's that are precut squares)
Matching Ribbon (about 1 yard)
Cut out your back fabric to 14x14 inches. Cut out your pocket fabric to be 9x14 inches. Cut out your front fabric to 14x14 inches. Take your back fabric and your pocket fabric and lay them out together. Take the pocket fabric (that is my blue fabric) and you are going to fold it in half so now it will be 4 1/2 inches by 14 inches.
Iron the pocket fabric in half so the crease is nice and flat. Lay the pocket fabric at the bottom of your back fabric. Make sure your back fabric is facing right side up. You are going to put the pocket fabric down at the bottom with the open ends of the folded fabric at the bottom. Next, you will pin down the lines you will sew for the car pockets. I made mine 3 1/2 inches apart so the matchbox type cars will have plenty of room. You then will sew down the lines for your pockets.
They should look like this when you are finished. Next, take your black rectangle of felt. (I don't have a picture of mine. Somehow I missed taking a picture of it. But, do you know what I am talking about?) And you are going to cut out your racetrack. I made one that looked more like an eight for one son and one that was more oval for the other son. I just free hand them. I tried to use most of the felt rectangle. Just make sure it is going to fit on the rest of your backing fabric with the pockets and leave room for you to sew around it. Then pin those racetracks down where you want them. After you have pinned them down you will sew them down. After you have finished that, you will grab your other front side square of fabric. Put both sides together with right sides together facing inward. Pin them together. Before you sew them down you are going to also insert your ribbon. You need to fold the ribbon in half (with right sides together). You want it to stick out a little (the folded end). You are going to put it on one of the ends where the pockets area is. (See the blue pocket on the top.) This ribbon is going to be what ties the whole carrier together. Next, sew the whole thing together leaving about a 2-3 inch whole where you can turn it right side out. Then turn it right side out. I use a chop stick or knitting needle to get my corners to push out good. Once it is all turned out nicely you are going to iron it down flat. After that you will sew one more time all the way around to keep it together. This also closes up your 2-3 inche hole. Here are my two finished and folded together in thirds. No cars in them yet, obviously.
And here is the finished product with 4 cars folded up inside. My boys just loved them! As you can see. They played with them all day. Instead of ribbon, you could also do a strap with velcro. Just an idea. I happen to be a ribbon girl.