5 Things We Love- DIY Matchbox Car Roundup

DIY Matchbox Cars

This week’s “5 Things We Love” is a round up of DIY Matchbox car accessories.

My almost-three-year-old is in LOVE with these cars. The neighbors shop garage sales for them, the sitter brings them as special treats. I think he could have them in the hundreds and still be giddy when he was given another Matchbox.

His cars chat with each other about the day’s events and they go on pretend trips together. Some days having a toddler seems akin to having a zoo animal in the house. Then I sit and listen to those quiet moments of play. And realize his cars say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to each other. Those are the momma moments you know it will all be okay, eventually. At least once you figure out how to get paint out of the rug.

DIY Matchbox Cars

These cars, of course, have to travel with us places. We have headed off to play dates, the store, and the park with fistfuls of cars.

We haven’t hit this stage yet in our house, but I wonder if this isn’t similar to the little girl who won’t take off the tu-tu. Anyone?

DIY Matchbox Cars

So here started the search for travel carrier/mat ideas. These are my favorite Matchbox car DIY tutorials. Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!

And stay tuned for the travel play mat that is in the works for a Wednesday tutorial! We’re whipping up templates so you can make your own.



5 Things We Love- DIY Matchbox Car Roundup

The Cozy Car Cady by homemade by jill This appears to be the mother of all Matchbox car tutorials. I have found reference after reference to it and countless copies. It’s cute, right? Easy? Portable? Checking off all biggies on this one!

The Activity Car Shirt by A Lemon Squeezy Home It is an activity SHIRT! I’m sold. That little car applique holds two cars. Can you see them on the number 5 shirt? This is on my list for little man’s 3rd birthday!

The Mini Travel Car Mat by Obsessively Stitching Very straight forward. She found some cute road fabric and backed it! Those color blocks are storage pockets for cars. And she made a matching bag to slide it into for trips out or around the house!


The Felt Playmat House by Cook Clean Craft On the flipside of the coin, this bad boy looks to be A LOT of work! It is, however, amazing. Folds up in to a cute little carrying case house, and unfolds into a little village full of adventures.

The Car Playmat by A girl with a glue gun She has several playmats to be inspired by! I love her idea to include familiar landmarks on her mat, we’re going to include our common stomping grounds on our mat too!

There you go! In no particular order our Friday 5 Things We Love!

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  • Abby Wucherer August 3, 2012, 8:21 am

    People are so creative! I wonder if you could do a similar playmat/house project for other small toys? A lot of these ideas seem like they could work for action figures/dolls/trains what-have-you.

    • onceuponasewingmachine August 3, 2012, 8:54 am

      I have seen some pretty cute “doll house” variations!

  • Rachel Z August 3, 2012, 10:25 am

    These are some fabulous ideas!! I love the car placemat. Now I have to employ someone with some creative skill to make such a things for my boy 🙂

    • onceuponasewingmachine August 3, 2012, 11:48 am

      lol you could probably get a pretty good play mat together with scissors and glue! Otherwise I know someone with a sewing machine…

  • Papgena August 6, 2012, 10:59 am

    May I sugest Mara’s playmat also? you can check it here: http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/christmas-prezzies-7-finale/

    Inspired on mara’s playmat and Carrie’s, I did one to my nephew that you can see it here: http://papgenamadeit.blogspot.pt/2010/03/resposta-answer.html

    I love all the links and I didn’t know 3 of them, thanks for the links (I have to do a t-shirt for my son!!!)
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    • onceuponasewingmachine August 6, 2012, 4:04 pm

      Thanks for adding these! They are great, it’s so fun to see what everyone thinks up!

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