Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lil' Boy Car Caddy...

It all started for me with a post about a week ago on "The Crafting Chicks", but Jamie alluded in her post to her inspiration which was the tutorial at "Homemade by Jill," and Jill gave credit to Sharla at "My Little Gems." That's how the blogging world operates. A great idea gets circulated and it grows and grows. Here's my version. Instead of calling it a "car cozy," I've named mine the "Lil' Boy Car Caddy."

This little caddy is a carrying case for hot wheel cars. It's the perfect gift for a little guy to keep him busy when he's out and about. There's a little "garage" for each car and a road for the cars to travel on...

Two of my grandson are traveling over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house this weekend. I can't wait to see them! I made one of these for the 2 years old and another for his brother, who will celebrate his 1st birthday while he's here! They're a little young for something like this, but hopefully they will enjoy it for a few years to come.

To make this car caddy I followed the directions at "Homemade by Jill," but I made a few alterations. I didn't use felt on any of it because I wanted it to be washable, and I lined all the pieces with fusible fleece to give it more durability. If there's one thing I know after raising five boys, it's that little-boy-toys need to be sturdy!

Here's a tip on sewing a straight line in the middle of fabric. I wanted to sew a "yellow line" down the middle of the "road." In order to do so I measured and put pins in the fabric in the middle of the "road," then I lined up my masking tape along those pins. Once the masking tape was down, I removed the pins. This allowed me to have a guide as I stitched my line...

It works like a charm! To fold up this caddy, just fold it in half lengthwise...

Then fold the length in thirds and snap shut. I chose a closure with a center release snapping buckle like this one...

All wrapped up and ready to go!

This was such an easy project. It takes very little fabric and works up very quickly. It would make a cute Christmas or birthday present for a little one in your life. Let the good times roll!



Linking to:
Friday Fun Finds @ Kojodesigns
Looking for a Creative High @ Those Northern Skies
Show & Share Day @ Just a Girl
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Get Your Craft on Thursday @ Life as Lori


20 comments:

kisa said...

This is really cute! And the fabric for the road is perfect!

Chris said...

So very cute! Another one on my list to make. Thanks Suzanne!! Have a great weekend.:)

LouAnne said...

This is very exciting to me. It seems like there are 100 projects out there for girls to one for boys! My poor son rarely gets cool homemade things from Mom. His birthday is coming up in August and THIS is going on my to do list. Thank you!

Mary-ham said...

I love how you find ways to make cute things for your little men too...all the females in your life are so blessed with cute "hang ups."
You should give one of those car totes to Chris and see what he says.

Nedra said...

Great idea. I think every little boy carries those cars around.

Lisalulu said...

thank you thank you thank you. I am looking forward to a handmade Christmas and this is the PERFECT gift for my grandbaby, I figure that at 10 months he won't really be ready for cars so I'll keep it on the ready for him... his name isn't CARson for nothing. THANK you SO much for sharing.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I'm planning on making these for Christmas gifts! Love them!

Jan said...

My little guys would LOVE this one. You are (as always!) amazing. You even make me wish (sort of, anyhow!) that I could sew!!

Kristi said...

I Love it. It is so cute! Hopefully I'll learn how to sew by the time one of my boys is old enough to use it. Thanks for your blog, I don't tell you often enough.

Melissa said...

Let's all start singing, "Life is a Highway, I wanna Ride it all Night Long."

:)

Very cute.

Mia said...

Love it! Have fun visiting with those adorable grand babies.

Anji* said...

This is really cute.. I love your fabric choices.. it looks beautifully made too :)

My boy would have loved this when he was that age and still into cars.. I think you made it at the right age for your little grandsons.. they will get years of fun out of it!

Green Gracie Home said...

I love this and that masking tape idea is genius...I am working on a table runner and I am so stealing that trick. Have a great weekend, Bev

Tolentreasures said...

How cute that is. What a great idea for the little boys, they got plastic cases for theirs, but they were broke within a day. Plastic is no match for little boys!


Cathy

Judy said...

After making a car caddy for my son, I've made several for gifts and love how easy and fun they are! The fabrics you used are so vibrant and I'm sure make it even more fun to play with :)

mylittlegems said...

Thanks for the link/credit :) Yours turned out very cute! Your plaque for March is adorable too! cute blog!

Annette said...

So cute! I'm gathering ideas for my first grandson.

blondymagee said...

I saw this on A Sewing Journal and knew I had to make it. I finally got to it last night. Big Boy loves his. I altered it a little by using a hair band attached at one end to wrap the roll. It works well. I am going to make a few of these and I am thinking of something similar I can make for a girl. Thanks for the great idea and post!

Candace said...

Made 2 of there today with your instructions and the ones from Homemade by Jill. Went together well. Thank you.

TheNew Lighterlife said...

I LOVE this idea! We are getting ready to go on a LONG road trip...I'm so making this! :)