I thought that playing with cars could be a fun quiet(ish)-play thing for Robbie to do on the plane ride, and remembered some cool soft fold-up race tracks I had seen online. This, this and this were definitely inspiration for mine! There were parts and pieces of each that I liked, but my biggest requirements were that it be A) Super easy peasy - I made this right before I left! and B) would fit on an airplane tray. Airplane trays aren't necessarily a "standard" size, but from all my research (eh-hem, Googling) the best info I could find was that they are usually about 16.5" x 9.5", so I made my racetrack 16" x 9"! It worked swimmingly, if I do say so myself.
What you'll need -
Outer Fabric: 17" x 10"
Velcro Tab Fabric: 2.5" x 2.5" (I made my tab with the outer fabric)
Inner Fabric: 17" x 10"
Pocket Fabric: 10" x 9"
Race Track Fabric: 11" x 8"
Fusible Fleece: 16" x 9"
One-sided Iron-on Stabilizer: 11" x 8"
Velcro: 1-1/2" of 3/4" Velcro
Number stamps and ink (optional!)
I just used 4 fat quarters that I got from JoAnn's and pre-washed them! But this is a great stash buster if you have fabrics that you like.
Seam allowances are 1/2" except on the Velcro tab, which is 1/4".
1. Take your outer fabric and iron the 1/2" seam allowance on all 4 sides.
2. On the wrong side of the outer fabric, place fusible fleece in the center (use your ironed edges as a guide!) and attach. There should be a 1/2" reveal on all sides.
4. Place pocket fabric on the interior fabric with raw edges lined up. Baste sides together 1/4" from the edges.
7. Fold in half to cut out your racetrack shape. I used a plate to help guide the curved edges.
9. Using a small zig-zag stich, start with the inner circle of the race track and attach to your inner fabric. When you finish that, zig-zag the outside of the race track as well.
10. Change out your thread to add a detail stitch to your race track! I used gold denim thread to create the yellow dotted line in the middle of the road with my stitch length set at 3.
11. Iron this layer completely to get any wrinkles or distortion out.
13. Place outer and inner sides right sides together, taking care to make sure the correct ends mentioned in step #12 are together. Pin in place and mark a 3" opening centered on the end opposite the pocket garage.
15. Trim corners and turn right side out. I use a chop stick to get those corners sharp!
17. Using the scratchy/gripping half of the Velcro, place a 1/4" from the finished three edges. Top stitch to attach it. I also added my own Mish-Mash tag to the top side of the tab during this step, so now's the time if you have a tag you'd like to personalize it with! It also hides the stitching which is a bonus.
What cool things have you been sewing up for the little guys in your life? Let me know, I'm always looking for ideas for this munchkin!
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