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Monday, June 17, 2013

Kid's Felt Road/Track Set

This was actually one of Monkey's Christmas gifts.  Yep, I am really THAT slow.  It actually was a pretty easy project and only took two hours or so, minus drying time.  When I, or Santa, gave it to him... well, he didn't really play with it much.  I'm not sure it's just because there were so many new toys or what.  But he loves these now.

FELT ROAD/TRACK SET

Materials:
- 36"x36" Felt Sheet (I got mine at Michael's in the kid's craft section for about $4)
- Yellow Puffy or Dimensional Fabric Paint (bought mine at Wal-Mart for $1)
- Good scissors - they don't have to be good, but it'll make your life easier!

Directions:
- I just free-handed the different shapes and lengths of road pieces.  I used a piece of chalk and drew the shape, making minor adjustments until I was happy with it.
-  Then I cut out the pieces I'd drawn and used them as a pattern for the other pieces so there was some continuity in them.  You can make the road any shape you want, but these are the shapes and quantities I used:
2 - Semi Circles (They can make roundabouts or sharp curves)
2 - Swoopys (Creates a little jog in the road)
8 - Large Corners
8 - Small Corners
4 - Short Straights
8 - Medium Straights
12 - Long Straights

 - Once all the pieces are cut out, lay them out and draw the yellow lines down the middle of each piece with the puffy paint.  Let them dry completely.  The only pieces you need to put lines on both sides are the swoopy pieces.
- I had the idea to put velcro on the ends of the pieces, but that was more work than I wanted to take on at Christmastime.  Monkey is just careful and doesn't complain about it.  The only issue is when Gator want to play too, but he plays Godzilla...

These are super nice because they are compact.  We can pack the whole set into a gallon size zipper bag and take them with us anywhere.  They are machine washable, should Gator grab the pieces with graham cracker goobers all over his hands.  They are durable and soft and a favorite at our house.  Totally worth a little bit of my time to have happy boys... Now I just need to make another set for Gator...


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17 comments :

  1. Totally love this! Are you selling in your etsy shop? Please...?

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  2. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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  3. These are great!!! I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow me back at http://hoybycrafts.blogspot.com

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  4. This is great. My little guy would go crazy for these!! We'll be featuring them at Someday Crafts tomorrow :)

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  5. I love this idea! My son would love this! Definitely pinning. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. love love love these! so cool?! great job girlie!!!

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  7. What a great idea! And so simple too!~ Samantha @ Stir the Wonder

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  8. These are so cute and so easy! I saw something similar as a printable, but the thought of using that much ink up for just a black road made me want to cry ;) I will be doing this! Thanks for linking up to Two Girls and a Party! 365ish Days of Pinterest

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  9. Love it! Thank you for the great Tutorial.

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  10. Seriously, this is awesome! I was just thinking yesterday that my son needs something like this for his cars. Yay! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Such a cute gift idea for little boys! Love it!

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  12. These are SO cool!

    We'd love to have you link up with The Caffeinated Crafters this week!

    http://www.chaosandlove.com/caffeinated-crafters-link-party-1/

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  13. I've seen those you print out but by the time I laminate them they are going to slide all over the classroom floor. I like this idea because it will 'stick' to the carpet and is easy to store. What do you think about running a yellow thread down the middle of each piece. I'm not to steady with the paint so the lines might be crooked. Then each piece would have lines on both sides if you needed them to.

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    1. Cindy,

      Sounds like a good idea to me. The only thing I'd hesitate on is that the thread might get pulled on and stretch your felt. That's the only possible problem I might foresee. I've made several of these and it's really not so bad if the lines aren't straight. My kids don't even notice and I've never had anyone complain about it before. Good luck!

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