Train/Car Roll-up Play Mat- Free Tutorial

This is an excellent little play mat for the car, for the grocery store cart, or for entertainment while sitting in a waiting room. Your little car/train fan will enjoy playing with this! It takes about an hour to make and makes a great gift!





 Fabric of your choice

measuring tape

cutting mat

rotary cutter

fabric pen

two pieces of ribbon 24″ each.



 sewing machine

Begin by cutting two pieces of fabric 17 1/2″ x 20″ and one piece of coordinating fabric 19″ x 6″

Take the 19″ x 6″ fabric  make a 1/2″ hem by folding the top down, press and sew.

Now take the 19″ x 6″ piece and lay it on one of the other pieces of fabric at the bottom.  Fold the extra length over the edge of the bigger piece and press. Pin if necessary. Sew around the edge.

Measure out the pockets. Make them different sizes if you’d like so that bigger cars/trains or even pieces of track will fit in the pockets. Sew a straight line from the bottom to the top of the bottom piece being sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the line. This will help to keep the pockets from coming apart.

Now place the two large pieces of fabric right-side facing together. Pin around the end. Place the ribbon between the two pieces at the top with the long part of the ribbon pieces inside the “sandwich” of the fabric, leaving about 2″ of the ribbon pieces outside for sewing. Pin the pieces together and sew. NOTE:  leave about 3″ of the piece open so you can pull the right side of the work out later. When sewing over the ribbon section, remember to backstitch several times over the ribbon to make it more secure.

Reach through the hole and pull the right side of the fabric out.

Press and sew around the entire edge of the mat. This will close the hole and leave a nice finished edge. That’s it!




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