Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stone's car track. :o)

Happy birthday to my sweet nephew Stone who is two years
old today! Here's a picture that my sister sent last night, just
after Stone opened the package that the mailman delivered.
:o)
Hooray! He likes the gift I made for him. :o)
When I saw my friend Corri's "town" that she made for her boys I was so inspired. Then I saw this little travel track on Daniela's blog and that's when it hit me - I'd do an in-between version for my nephew's birthday.
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Such thought was followed by a few sketches and some sleepless nights lying in bed trying to figure out how I'd put it together {the creative process in my mind won't shut off when the lights do}.
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I used canvas for the base, and fabric scraps for the embellishments - ironed on with fusible webbing and then stitched around. The finished size measures 32"x 24". {I probably should have photographed this before it had been folded and wrinkled. ~oops~ and ~oh well~ }.

I designed this to be portable, so it folds in half,...then in thirds,
and then buttons up. {I had issues with the strap and a few choice words, but at that point it was too late to modify. So, if by chance you plan to make one of these, let me know and I'll tell you my woes on strap design...}
This was such a FUN project - I loved every minute of it.
Happy 2nd birthday, sweet Stone!
Your Aunt Deb loves you very much.
♥ ♥ ♥

23 comments:

Robyn said...

soooo cute, Deb! I love it!!

Anonymous said...

He LOVES this toy! thanks so much for putting so much work and love into this!
We love you--Val

Amy said...

It is utterly magnificent Deb - well done, it looks beautifully made and the details are just divine :-)

Rhona said...

You are so clever, what a fantastic idea - I'm not surprised Stone loves it! I love the little pocket to keep the cars in too - what a brilliant idea. Well done Deb, it's great!

scrappyjacky said...

What a great idea,Deb...the perfect present for a little boy...and so beautifully made.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

DEB!!! This is SO SO cute! I wish I (or my kids, at least!) had Aunt Deb! I bet he LOVES it! Great job!

humel said...

Oh my word, it's GORGEOUS!! No wonder he loves it :-) You are sooo clever xx

Daniela said...

Wow!!! How awesome!! You went all out and it is so adorable!!!! Love the little houses and the trees!!! I will save this for a future project.

helena said...

Deb it is fabulous - love that you included some buttons on it and a pocket for the cars

Mom said...

Extremely cute! I love all the little details--white line down the middle of the "highway", waves for the fish and boat--amazing! And isn't he the cutest little thing playing with it???? xo

Ruth said...

Oh, Deb! It is too perfect for words! x

Sian said...

It is fabulous! So perfectly, perfectly thought out in every little detail. i've siad it before, and I'll say it again - you are the Queen of Gift Giving!

Carrie Rosalind said...

LOVE this! So proud of you for coming up with the idea and making it perfect.

corri said...

i really love it! it is so cute and fun. good job, you will have to let me know about the handles if i take on making a travel mat.

Liberty :) said...

you are the best auntie! can i be your niece?! how talented you are!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love this. DS had a carpet with a town, road, tracks, etc. when he was little, and it got tons and tons of use. Brings me back there!
Rinda

Denise said...

What a lovely Auntie,-you are so clever.Like Rinda, my boys had a carpetty one when they were little and they used it lots. It was an inspired idea of yours x

debs14 said...

Love the way there is a giant turtle in the middle of the track in the first photo, like some prehistoric monster overlooking the cars! He's going to have so much fun with this. How lucky he is to have an aunty who takes so much trouble over getting the perfect gift!

traci said...

oh my gosh deb. that is so awesome. i sound like a broken record, but you are amazing. he has to LOVE that. eric would have.

Karen said...

What an absolutely lovely present for Stone and what a lucky little boy to have such a thoughtful and talented auntie.

MarleneMAZ said...

This is so cute Deb! I love the little pocket for his cars. You are really getting into sewing a lot these days - you definitely are very talented :)s

cate said...

what a beautiful job! I especially love the pocket for keeping cars in!

Julie Sharp said...

Hi! I'm one of Valerie's old co-workers...I would like to think I'm crafty, but then I saw your work. I absolutely love this little track. You did such an amazing job on it. I love the fabric you chose for all of the embellishments. Very cute! Val has shown me the other things that you have done. You are very talented!

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