Upcycled and [Nearly] No Sew Playmat!

If you read my blog around Christmas time, you may remember my goal to have an Upcycled Christmas.  One thing that I made, but never posted pictures of, was a playmat for my boys.  Since both of them love cars, this playmat has turned out to be a winner in our house!

The large gray material is a grey flannel sheet I found on a past thrifting adventure.  The rest of the mat is made from mostly upcycled T-Shirts.  I had originally thought I would sew everything on, but time got away from me, and I ended up using fabric glue.  If I could go back, I would sew it all on.  I found out that not all fabric glues are alike.

This was by far the  best of the fabric glues I tried.

The places my kiddos love are featured – the Children’s Museum, Starbucks (not just important to Mama!), McDonalds, Daddy’s work….

… the park, the zoo, the lake, the grocery store, our house, the hospital, Target.

I backed it with some fabulous IKEA car fabric that I’ve had since last summer.  I really love that I didn’t have to purchase anything for this project!  I just serged around the edges to put it all together.

My love of upcycling and my children entertaining themselves.  Oh so lovely.

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12 comments

  1. This is so cute, and I love your idea for an upcycled Christmas, I going to have to try that one year. The zoo and starbucks are my favorite, I’m working on a felt activity book and I want to have a little driving/map page, and I am going to add those to it for sure.
    Thanks for the ideas, Sarah

  2. that is so creative! my boys would love playing with that! thanks for the inspiration. and thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. :) blessings, lora

  3. i love this! I will be making for my sons second birthday! He’s so into cars that’s actually going to be our party theme! Thanks for the great idea.

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