Friday, February 4, 2011

A Free Craft For Snow Shut-Ins (And A Giveaway!) (With Exclamation Marks!!)

We're on Day 4 of no school here in Texas. Although the last three days I worked, today was different. I got to feel the antsy-ness that the kiddos have felt in the "we've got nowhere to go and wouldn't want to drive there anyway" blues.

What do you do when you want to put on a happy face or at least block out the noise of children annoying each other by focusing on something else for awhile? You make stuff.

How do you do that when you can only use what you've got in the closet? Bust out the sewing machine, which should give you some insight to the depth of my snow bound madness.

Today's project used inspiration from my lovely blogging buddy Laurel over at Ducks In A Row

* Laurel's finished product *

and a plethora (would you say I have a plethora?) of felt. Which in this case means about 3.5 pieces.

But since I'm not a sewer, I had to dumb it down. Words like "embroider" and "applique" and "fold" scare me. As do specific directions, so I just laid it all out. And I could only find two cars, so guess how many spaces I made?

Because I can never do a project without tweaking it, instead of a straight road I went hog wild and did a little race track. I cut it out of paper first, then used that as a pattern on the felt. The paper turned out to be some kind of important scorecard for the boys, so word to your mother: ask first before cutting.

Added some little pieces from the felt tub o' fun and slapped it all down. Because baby when it comes to crafts, if it's not rough, it isn't fun.

Sewed it all down, and then to cover up the back

sewed on another piece, tucking in a piece of elastic looped in half to use as a holder together-y thing. Since thinking of others always raises your spirits, here we go:

leave a comment and I'll randomly draw a name and send this race car roll-up (catchy!) right to your doorstep.

If I can ever get out of mine.

P.S I guess I should have a cut-off? Um......Sunday at 8pm. Sounds good to me.

26 comments:

  1. pick me! pick me! i want that for ME. :)

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  2. WHOO HOO!! I get to be the first comment... and my 5 yr old son who is surrounded by girls all day while dad (the only other boy) works out of state-- would LOVE to have this! ;-) You're very crafty.. I think I have a sewing machine... somewhere.

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  3. My 5 year old needs something new (like this) for church to keep him quiet. I could make one, but it would be so much easier for you to just send me this one!

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  4. What about me??? You are so clever it makes me sick! Love it!At my house we would get watch TV and play Wii until we killed each other and we were all found after the snow thaws.

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  5. My boys would love it.. So when you randomly pick me, I will need two;)

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  6. My kids would LOVE this!! I don't have a sewing bone in my body-I don't even own a sewing machine because I wouldn't know what to do with it. :) That looks fantastic!

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  7. How really fun . . . my nephews would love it. If I don't win, can you help me make one?

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  8. you know how i love a good freebie. and this one is totally awesomely homemade goodness by my favorite crafty gal - you! my 4 year old, jackson, would love this "take and play track" to tuck into his church bag. :)

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  9. I can so see my boys quietly playing cars during sacrament mtg. Could not ask for a better reverent toy! My bishop will thank you!

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  10. Ok I am sooo laughing at you because I got out my sewing machine this week, which doesn't happen that often. It's been crazy with this slippery white stuff all around hasn't it??? This is adorable but your personality is even cuter! I had to put my "thing" down cause I just messed it up. I'm selfish mine is for me! Although I would love to have anything you make I am going to pass on this because I don't have anyone young enough to play with it BUT can I go and share on my blog what you are up to and link back up to you? Do you think we will get to get out tomorrow?

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  11. How cute! I need to make one for each of the boys, I know they'd love it. I also love that you sewed all the yellow dashes in the road down; I'm lazy so I would have broken out the hot glue gun or the fabric glue for that part.

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  12. How Cuttttteeee!! My boys would HEART this!! :)

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  13. This is great!!! It would make such a fun birthday gift for a little guy!

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  14. This looks fun. Saw it over at Be Different Act Normal. I made one similar to your friends for my son's birthday in November. I haven't been to her blog, but I may have to check it out.

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  15. I have to throw my hat in the ring because that is just pretty darn adorable. :) jthesavage (at) gmail.com

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  16. I love that you are the one ruining your kids' stuff instead of the other way around.

    I would love to make this but I won't. I would love to win this and I should!

    On another note, why have I never had a snow day in utah and all my friends in the south and east have had them all month? Im not saying I want one...

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  17. I vote for me! My felt book I made a while back is a big nasty lint mess that is falling apart. Cole would be much happier with this at church...and have a place to drive his cars, instead of on the backs of people in front of us.

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  18. My little guy needs this so bad! You should see the collection of hot wheels he already has, I'm not sure if I'm happy about it or not...

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  19. This is so stinkin' cute!
    There, I've left my comment.
    pick me PLEEAASSE!

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  20. i am ready and here to win people!!! lol this is soo cute! thanks for the chance!

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  21. Amazing! Still too daunting for me to make...so I need to win it!

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  22. heck! i have three girls but i still want it! it's free right? so there, you have some shameless graveling even from family! ha! hope you get out of your iced in prison cell soon, if you haven't already!

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  23. So cute!....my little Owen would looove it!

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  24. How cute!!! Grayson needs one of those. I'll have to see what ican come up with

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