Monday, May 14, 2012

Travel Blackboard Mat

I am always looking around the internet/pinterest to find things to make.  I mean, I already have a list of sewing projects laying at my desk to do, so why not add more?!?!

One of the cutest ideas I have seen is the blackboard mat. 

Here are a few I have found on some of the blogs I follow:


 Both of the sites are loaded with pictures and details on putting a travel blackboard mat together.  

I did mine a little different and this is how I put mine together.
Travel Blackboard Mat   




 1. First I cut Blackboard and Cotton Fabric to 10 x 15.  I figured that would be a nice size rectangle.
Fabric from Joann Fabric and Crafts
Blackboard Fabric from Joann Fabric and Crafts
2.  After the fabric is cut, I hooped my monster fabric and embroidered my nephews name at the bottom of the long side.  For the next one I am making for my nephew Jack, I will embroider his name on one of the shorter sides so you can see it when it is rolled up! 





 3.  I cut a 4 x 10 piece of clear vinyl to make the pockets.  On one long side I sewed a piece of bias tape to cover the raw edge.  Then lined the vinyl along one end of the rectangle and sewed a straight line up the middle, attaching the vinyl to the blackboard fabric.  This will give you two pockets for chalk and eraser.

Vinyl Pocket

4. With clips, I placed the monster fabric and blackboard board fabric wrong sides together.  I added a folded ribbon under the tape for the tie.   Using clips, I lined the bias tape around the mat, using this tutorial Sew To Speak: How To: Attach bias tape (with mitered corners) to miter the corners. 

All done!!



 5. With the sun in Kayla's eye, I had her prime the blackboard with chalk and then cut a square of  terry cloth.



My Biggest Helper

Travel Blackboard Mat     




 Now to make my next one!!



15 comments:

  1. HOW FREEKEN CUTE IS THAT! What a fun idea!!! you could totally sell those what a great car ride idea!!

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  2. What a great idea - never seen these before!

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  3. Thank you!!! They were so easy to make!

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  4. Your daughter looks JUST like you. Gorgeous. Hope you are well.
    Heather

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  5. OOOH! That is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Hi Tara! Thanks for stopping by! Isn't Anna White the greatest! I want to do all of her projects, LOL! Love this travel mat you did! Just became your 101 follower! Yay!

    Take care and hope you'll visit again!
    xo Jessie

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  7. This is a great idea...especially for long car trips and travelling! Although I consider myself a novice sewer, I think this is a great tutorial! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us @ Toot Your Horn Tuesday!

    Erin

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  8. This is really neat! I saw one on etsy and wondered how it was made. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. cute tutorial! thanks for the idea :) found your blog via the this little momma link up!

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  10. This turned out great and the fabric you chose is so stinkin' cute! Thanks for sharing it with us this week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  11. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional. You've been featured, so stop by and pick up a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2012/05/tuesday-confessional-features-2.html
    ~Macy

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  12. I've featured you on my facebook page from the "Toot Your Horn" party. Love this project, would love it if you come grab a featured button!!!

    Erin

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  13. PERFECT!!!! I love the idea!!! It's a perfect travel companion!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening!

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  14. Wow! Very cool! If only I was crafty. I have a sewing machine yet can't sew..

    Hopping by your lovely site from the Friday Blog Hop! I'm super late.. LOL

    Come check us out too! www.sweepstakesmama.com

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  15. Love this!

    Stopping by from the Friday Blog Hop- I'm late =(

    Come check us out: www.Sweepstakesmama.com

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