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Wednesday, December 9

"Cars-On-The-Go": Tutorial Week, Day 3



So, there are SO many cute things out there for girls. SO. MANY. Bows. Dolls. Clips. Tea sets. Doo Dads. Trinkets. Treasures.

For boys? Not-so-much. Boy stuff is just less...... DARLING. So when I see a great crafty boy idea, I jump and giggle and set it high on the list of "Must Makes". And this travel car kit is no exception. It is compact. Clever. Useful. QUIET. (perfect for church!) And encourages imaginative play. I love it. LOVE.

And please let me apologize up front: for this post, I am going to have to do less of a tutorial, and more of just an inspiration/explanation post... First, because I used an existing PDF pattern sold on Etsy as my basis and because I DIRECTLY piggybacked off of another Etsy seller (so I don't want to step on the toes of the originators). Thirdly, because I simply did not take photos as I worked on these. So take this post as your INSPIRATION, and either get working on finagling your own design, or go buy the real deals from the more talented gals who gave me the inspiration.

CREDITS

First, I want to introduce you to the ORIGINAL, the "Travel Trackstripe" from the Etsy shop BOOZEEBA.



This thing is GENIUS. Cute! And only $15.00. So if you are NOT in the mood to sew, just go buy one of her cute ones!

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Second, I want to introduce you to the Etsy shop I got my PDF pattern from that I modified to make my own travel track: J*Casa Handmade.



I have made this actual crayon wallet, and it is AMAZINGLY cute. I didn't think to take photos of mine to show you, but I LOVE making them. If you are needing some cute gifts, this pattern is WELL worth the purchase price of $7.00. Go get one!

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So, when I saw the original racetrack, I know it was going to be pretty easy to make these two clever ideas merge, and I decided I needed to attempt one of my own.

Mine:






The first modification was to make the whole thing bigger. I also eliminated two of the three inner pockets and kept only the side one. I freehanded the track, which I used grey fleece for. I outlined it with a straight stitch.

The final modification I made was to eliminate the elastic-and-button enclosure of the crayon wallet and make a tab-and-velcro enclosure instead (easier for chubby toddler fingers to manipulate).



(Cris-crossed across the tab for added strength. Contrast-colored thread for fun.)



I had lots of other cute ideas, like putting a yellow stripe in the road, or maybe appliqueing some shrubs around the periphery of the track... But that's for another attempt, another day. For now, my little rookie attempt will have to do:



And so... forgive my lack of REALLY tutoring you though this process step-by-step. Truly, if you get the pattern and can successfully make the crayon wallet, you can make your own track pretty easily.

I am giving this to Noah for Christmas, and I cannot wait to see him put it to use at church, when he needs a quiet activity to help him get through the length of time when the Grown Ups talk and talk and talk... :)

It will be a grand little help to me.

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And so... Tomorrow. We get to talk about the snack bags shown on the Tutorial Week Storyboard (middle right):


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Until then, I have a session to edit, some books to make for clients, and if there is ANY time left at the end of the night, I have more PACKING to do. Here is my living room as of today:



Sad, isn't it? :( It's getting emptier. More boxed. Our time here is drawing to a close. *sigh*

Ah well.

On to bigger and better things, right? All is well...

Til tomorrow, my crafty friends.

(And THANK YOU for the continued outpouring of delightful comments and blog love. It has been indescribably delightful to have my inbox flooded with so much cheerfulness. I am awash in a pink glow of blog-love-happiness. LOVE. :) )

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63 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea! I wish I had a few little boys to make these for. I may just have to make one for Finley though.

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  2. SO CUTE! Callum definitely needs one once he is old enough to appreciate driving cars on a track! This will be perfect for Noah! I adore your doughnut pincushion! I noticed it instantly before you even mentioned it. Logan has quite the obsession with donuts. My sister Rachel has a shirt that says "Donuts: They're what's for dinner." Logan laughed over it so much the first time that he saw it that she made him a homemade puff-paint t-shirt of it to sleep in. And he does. :)

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  3. I love the little track - do you remember the cloth roadway we used to have (or did I imagine/dream it)?

    I bet your little home looks SO different now...

    love ya

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  4. Just making a coloring wallet is inspiration enough for my little girl. Check out my blog for a shout out about the banner.

    http://officetoaprons.blogspot.com/

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  5. These are so stinkin' cute! I can think of 4 little boys off the top of my head who definitely *need* one of these :o) Keep the ideas coming...I love it!

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  6. I agree with "Office To Aprons" - a coloring wallet is *exactly* what my Nola needs. Sigh. I wonder how much stuff my mom will make for me...

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  7. Its on my list when I have some boys ;)

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  8. So cool. Hopefully I'll find a chance to make the Petster one:)

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  9. So cute! Bradley needs one of those for church as well! I might just buy one!

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  10. If I have to look at that dang doughnut pincushion ONE more time without promising myself that santa will in fact leave one in my stocking I just might have a mini nervous breakdown! So I better get to promising..... I have no idea how you are managing to squish this into your move, but I bet it is probably helping to keep you a bit centered amid all the boxes, whatever the case may be, thank you again! I love the track and you hit the nail on the head, girl stuff is like a million times easier to stumble across, why is that? Uggg. When I go shopping for my boy/girl twins I can find about 100 cute things for her and approximately 2 for him!

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  11. Just a warning...my son was playing with a car during church and carried it with him up to communion. And then he definitely chucked the car at the altar in the middle of church. Don't say you weren't warned. :)

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  12. My nephew is a car nut (he'll be 4 in February). I think I know what he's getting now!

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  13. Is it horrible that I keep looking at your doughnut pincushion and losing focus on anything else you type? It looks so wonderfully edible :)

    My boys would LOVE this. My friend made them wonderful crayon pouches (am still not sure I could master those myself) but these I know I could totally do!

    I so adore you Emily! If only you were packing up to move near me so I could borrow your creative energy in real life!

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  14. Yay for cars, dinosaurs, and anything that lives in the ocean! Boy stuff is hard to find and claim as pure boy.
    I love this idea. What a fun shower gift!
    I've been getting crafty in my girls closet, perhaps I'll blog about that. (When I say "crafty" I mean shelves are built, a rod is finally in, and my girls can stop living out of a suitcase!) I think I'll blog about it. Does that count?

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  15. So cute Em! I wish I had a boy just for that! :) but I'll settle for trying to do the crayon wallet! :)

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  16. Oooh, the shower gift idea is *perfect*...! I'd go the Etsy route (or the pay-Em-route!) myself, but whichever friend is blessed with one of these will ADORE it. (Except, if YOU have another boy. Then I'll have to do some scouring! But that's the fun of it.)

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  17. ok... now my list of things to do is getting VERY long. I have been wanting to make a crayon pocket roll for a while. So, I will do that first before the car port. BUT I can't wait too long... Dennis will be needing this... he is just now getting into cars.

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  18. Love it! The argument for getting a sewing machine and learning how to use it is getting stronger and stronger!

    Until then, some people on Etsy are sure going to be happy you are sending my business their way! :)

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  19. Still thinking about donuts. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. :)

    I am excited about the snack bags!

    Hope packing and moving is going well--sometimes it's nicer just to be in the process of doing it because it's finally happening and you just have to deal with the "things" rather than as many of the emotions beforehand. Here's hoping that it's a smooth and wonderful transition for your little family.

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  20. Another fabulous idea! You are so inspiring!

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  21. BTW I posted a link to your blog on my blog today!

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  22. Once again, when I actually GET a sewing/embroidery machine, this will be 1 of the FIRST things I tackle making! My son Lucas, is 16 months, and church is the biggest challenge for us, as he is so energetic, loud, and requires many distractions...snacks, books, only go so far. This is a wonderful idea and can't wait to try it in the future!!

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  23. Oh, I love it, so adorable.!!!

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  24. Oh this is crazy crazy cute. I need to bust one out by Christmas time. Much more portable than the giant rug that we never take out for Will to play with his cars!

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  25. Ah, yup, awesome. Ellie definitely needs one. Yours came out great, what a good idea to take the crayon wallet and modify, and the velcro, genius. But, where did you get the cute wooden cars? I need those too. I mean, Ellie needs those too. Of course.

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  26. Cute. Makes me want to make one for a nephew. Or get my girls into cars.

    PS- I blogged about crafts and you and this giveaway. Thanks for the fun inspirations.

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  27. I'm all about things to keep the kiddos entertained during church since I pretty much do it solo these days. This makes me want a boy! :) I think you've always done a great job of making the boy stuff look so appealing, because, man, it is easy to shop for the girls.

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  28. I don't think you give yourself enough credit. Not just anyone can take two separate ideas and merge them successfully and get that creative rush that you came away with... I LOVE tutorial week! Can't wait to see what is next...

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  29. Perfect idea for church!

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  30. This is brilliant- it would be perfect for Jonas. I am in awe that you are able to pull this off on your blog as you pack up your house and life. Absolutely incredible!

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  31. I love it! So creative and so fun.

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  32. My goodness! How I would love to have you join my little sewing club on Thursdays!

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  33. Such a cute idea!! Noah is so lucky to have you for his Mama. What wonderful toys you make him. If I could sew, I would love to make one that is a castle with flap doors and wooden little dolls for my girls!

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  34. WOW!~ When I get my sewing machine out of storage (once the new baby comes) I WILL be making one of these!!!!

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  35. I just bought the cutest fabric with tractors on it... now I know what to make with it!!!

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  36. So cute. I need to make one. You're really making me yearn for a sewing machine.

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  37. Prescious!!!!! I am surrounded by little boys (nephews)....MUST make a few I think! I love what you are doing on here, Em.

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  38. perfect for at the restaurant!!
    looks like I am going to be busy sewing before Christmas!

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  39. So cute. I sure wish my Xmas shopping/sewing/wrapping was done so that I could add that project to my list of things to do before Christmas. Sadly, it will have to wait. Love it still!

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  40. i MUST make these...love these tutorials!!!!!!!!!

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  41. Another great tutor/insperation...Wondering if I have enough time to make one for christmas for Matt....hmmm..REALLY need to get crafting!!

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  42. VROOOM!!! Love it!!

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  43. I have a feeling my baby's going to be a boy (I'll find out next week) and if it is, he's totally going to need this! What a great idea.

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  44. LOVE it! And as I mentioned, it's exactly the sort of thing I was thinking of for my nephew. Thanks for the inspiration! And thanks for the link to the Etsy seller. Time is running short and my list keeps getting longer. So I'll use it as a fall-back! :)

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  45. What a fabulous fun idea! And now you've got my brain working on other wallet "innards"....hmmm....I see some fun in my future! Thanks!

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  46. Very cool---I'd love to make one of these to carry to restaurants!

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  47. I had the huge rug like this w/ my first son and it was such a hassle. This would be perfect. Wonder if there is a way to make it "girlie"? Hmmm.

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  48. Oh my goodness, this is one of the cutest things I have seen. ANOTHER fun idea to add to my crafty to-do list (which is now getting out of control). I'm also wondering if I can get my act together to make one for a certain little someone for Christmas this year...
    Lyn(say)

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  49. Soooo cute! I love it! Very cool that it's cute and fun and especially for boys... thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  50. such a cute one!! I just bought one on etsy!

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  51. Heavens sakes woman! This is so so so cute! As Violet would say, "I can't even stand it!" Another one I will be making.

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  52. I can't wait until Timmy is older so he can play with trucks. I am so making one for him!

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  53. Aww, this is great! I should really make one for my boys for church, but for 15 dollars, I might just have to buy one;) Thanks!
    Stacey

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  54. When I first saw your Tutorial Week idea, I had no idea you were doing it while packing and moving. Insanity, I tell you!

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  55. Such a clever idea. Wonder if I could whip one of these up for DS before Christmas. My limiting factor is all the girly fabric I have, but I bet I could get something at the dreaded W-M.

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  56. So cute! I bet those would be perfect for church or anywhere that required quiet time!

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  57. This could be the perfect gift for my nephew for Christmas.... As soon as I finish knitting a sweater for my neice!!

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  58. HAVE to make this one for my little boy. It's officially on the list. Absolutely adorable!

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  59. this is really cute but what I really love is you pin cushion! what a cute idea.

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  60. Oh, I love this one. You are right. There are so few "boy" crafts. Will add this one to my repertoire one day.

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  61. Cars and crayons- you pegged us here!
    I love the car track - perhaps I need to get Grandma reading your blog and stitching up a few? ;)

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  62. Girls love cars too, and I know Bry will love this for church. Awesome!

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