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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 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?

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

  3. 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. 😀

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

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

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

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

  10. 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!

  11. {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!

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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).

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

  17. 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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