Felt Car Play Mat House

Who can we find behind the doors and windows of this little red house?

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Open it up…


…and what do we see…

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…and a whole little world awaits:


Complete with all our favourite places:


Swimming Pool, Construction site, Zoo, Houses (including ours – the maroon one!), Car park, Fire station, Petrol Station, Farm, Playground, Train Station, Hospital (with Helipad), Police station, Shops (Grocery and Hardware for the non-Aussies!), Garden – it’s all there. And of course, there are plenty of roads for the cars to drive around on.


And when it’s time to hit the road, let’s fold it back up and take our little house world and cars with us:

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Yes, I’ve joined the world of the car play mat, but I had to add my own touch, with it folding up into a house to carry around. And the little man loves it: when I was making it, he kept grabbing it and saying “want it” in his cutest 2 year old voice.

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It’s a handy take-anywhere bag with plenty of space to carry cars and other toys. As an added bonus, the play mat is big enough to hold all my son’s cars, making a cute storage box in the playroom!

This play mat was inspired by the one at A Girl and a Glue Gun, the playhouse at Homemade By Jill and take-along toy barn at Serving Pink Lemonade.

I cut everything out my hand – no fancy cutting machine here (although if anyone wants to send me one, my contact details are here). It took forever and was a labour of love, but well worth it to see my son playing with it!

Click for the full Felt Car Play Mat House tutorial:

Felt Play Mat House Tutorial collage


  1. Amazing! You did a fabulous job. I’m sure it will be treasured.

  2. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny says

    This is unbelievable! Amazing job. What an accomplishment! I love it.

  3. I'm a full-time mummy says

    I love love love love love this!!!!!!!

  4. Bless by Tone says

    this is so, I’m at loss for words – just incredible – wow

  5. Oh my goodness! I am so very very impressed! This is awesome! I’m sure you wouldn’t mind wipping up a couple more for my two year old twin boys. 🙂

  6. The Mommyologist says

    This is so cute! My son would’ve loved that when he was little!

  7. Amazing job, and so fabulous that it folds up to be so portable! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a big playmat that you could bring with you. Way to go! Next year you might have to submit it as a tutorial for boy month?

  8. Its Sew For You says

    Absolutely awesome! Love it and thanks for sharing!!

  9. MMB Creations says

    This is so cute. My grandson has a 2 year old birthday coming up. I have bookmarked this site.

  10. I love this! I saw the pics ahead of the post and commented there too. I just showed it to my husband and he was impressed as well.

  11. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m so excited to see if I can recreate this for my nephews. This is sooooo cute! I love that it folds up into a house. 😀

  12. Saw this in the Celebrate the Boy Flickr group– its great! Can’t wait to make this for my son…thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh my gosh! What a great project. I am sure your son loves this!

  14. SO PRECIOUS, I ADORE THIS. Plus my 2 year old son and new baby boy that will be here late April would love this. Thanks for linking. P.S. I am sharing this on my FB CraftOManiac wall! WINKS- jen

  15. Laurel {Make and Takes} says

    This is so, so cool! Love it. I’d really love for you to submit this over at the M&T Spotlight – http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  16. My daughter would adore this! I’m bookmarking it. Thanks a bunch for sharing.

  17. Parenting in blue jeans says

    This just blows my mind! So, since you credit a girl and a glue gun…does that mean there was no sewing? I can’t sew to save my life!


  18. Oh, wow! This goes into my Project To Do folder.

  19. Happy Day! You were featured! 🙂 Love if you stopped by!


  20. This is SOOOO COOL!!!

  21. It’s really amazing! Nice work!

  22. What a cute idea. You are so talented. I’m your newest follower. Be sure to stop by my blog Monday and add your project to the More The Merrier Monday Link Party.


  23. This is so clever! What a great way to transport it- love it! Gonna have to try and make one…maybe an easter present! Great Job!!!!

  24. WOW! I’m super impressed … great job! I have a couple of sons who would’ve LOVED this.

  25. I really love this project. If I hadn’t already started a rug-sized car mat I would make one like this instead. Great job!

  26. Oh my gosh! This is too stinkin cute! I love that it folds up into a little house for easy carrying! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/02/pink-hippo-party-17.html

  27. SO cute. Just found you through the photo pool — can you send me an email at rae dot made at gmail dot com? I’d like to feature you today if possible at MBR 🙂

  28. Amy@ServingPinkLemonade says

    Narelle, WOW!!! That is absolutely amazing. I am blown away. Such a fun toy. You have one lucky son.

  29. Katie @ Hippos and Dinosaurs says

    This is so flipping amazing!!!!! Way to go!

  30. That’s fantastic. I think I’m off to make one for my little boy – thanks for the tutorial!

  31. love this! I am going to feature it on handmade tuesdays 🙂 and thanks for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings! http://www.ladybug-blessings.com

  32. This is SOOO AWESOME! I love working with felt and since my son just turned one I have plenty of time to make this for his 2nd b-day (it takes me a while to complete things) Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  33. Blooming Homestead says

    Fantastic! I love this!

  34. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says

    Your playmat is sooo sweet! I love all the details! I featured it today over at Flamingo Toes! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/02/crush-of-the-week-34/

  35. I am featuring your project on my site today. Come grab a button- Happy Friday!

  36. Wow…I love this..i am so impressed and a tiny bit intimitadated..this is going in my favorites. I am also stopping by from the blog hop at the girl creative, love it. If you get a chance stop by my blog and check it out.

  37. You have been featured at CraftOManiac, thanks a bunch. Winks-Jen

  38. Jen @JensOwnRoad.blogspot. says

    wow this is awesome! this is definitely going on my craft to-do list

  39. So cute! Way to go too. I’ve seen it everywhere . . . .

  40. So cute! You are so creative! I really enjoy your blog you should come check out mine at http://www.chocolatedroolandkisses.blogspot.com
    your little guy is adorable!

  41. me again… I wanted to let you know that I included this awesome project in my blog’s link love last Friday!

  42. Rhiannon says

    Featured you at my blog, what a great tutorial!

  43. I totally followed your tutorial. Thanks for posting it! Here is how mine turned out http://hazardousundertakings.blogspot.com/2011/03/boy-toys.html

  44. Amaizing !!! i´m sure that my sons will love it

  45. sooooo cool! my boys would love it!!

  46. Rachel at Sun Scholars says

    Awesome!!!! What a great idea!

    I’d love to have you share at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I’m sure you’ll find some fun ideas while you are there! Come join the fun!


  47. this is amazing! thanks for sharing. : )

  48. mommy2luke2008 says

    This is an awesome craft boys! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, I am the mommy to a boy so finding crafts that I can do for him is priceless! I featured this on my friday favorites!

  49. That is amazing! I love it. You did a really great job! I am visiting from UBP11! I am enjoying your site.
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  50. Sassy Sites! says

    {SEW}cute!! This is seriously genius!!! I’m going to have to make my little guy one of these. Thanks for joining our link up party over at Sassy Sites! Happy Wednesday! xoxo!!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  51. What a wonderful car’s house!!! It’s a very very good job!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    Ana Márquez

  52. misssrobin says

    This really is fabulous. Where were you 20 years ago when my kids were little?

  53. Amazing! My boys would love it!!

  54. Mommy en France says

    Coming over from SITS to check out your blog. This is a wonderful project and twist on the car playmat. I’m going to have to give it a go – my little guy would LOVE it.

  55. Read this yesterday, on your SITS day, but Blogger was messed up. I loved it so much, I had to come back.
    My son would love that; Mommy might have to give it a try! It is sooo adorable, too!
    Hope your SITS day was great!

  56. This is amazing! Well done. How long did it take you to make??
    Just popping by from SITS too.

  57. I have no idea how long it took me. I worked on it during nap times here and there, over a couple of months. I set it aside a few times to make some “quick win” crafts as well. It did take a lot of time to cut out all the details (but I think I went a little overboard).

  58. So lovely idea!!

  59. Tracey @ www.dontmesswithmama.com says

    Wow! This is amazing!

  60. http://millerracingfamily.blogspot.com/2011/12/felt-toy-playmat.html
    Thank you posting the tutorial for this cute craft. I just got done making 4 of these mats for Christmas. I really appreciated all the details in your post. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

  61. This is so nice. Thanks for sharing this nice idea.

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  62. What a fun project…and it looks very doable!

  63. ibunya Azzray says

    awesome ^_^

  64. Silviach says

    MARAVILLOSA EXPLICACIÓN. Bello yu trabajo, gracias por compartir tus conocimientos, espero el de mi nieto me quede parecido, bendiciones.

  65. Thanks for sharing that great idea! I finished it two days ago and am quite sure the little guy I did it for will enjoy it a lot!!


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