Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows how much Little Brother LOVES cars, and since colors is one of several themes we're doing in "preschool" I knew this would be perfect. I decided to make ours out of fabric though, because I know my boy...he needed one that would last.
Little Brother didn't recognize it as a parking lot until I told him what it was...
...but since then, they've been almost inseperable.
He has definitely caught the vision of matching the colors.
Although when it comes down to it...he'll bend color rules a little to make sure all the spots get filled up, which is helping him notice the colors in the trim and other parts of the cars.
And he loves using them with his other roads.
I made an extra one to send to one of our cousins who also has a set of these fabric roads.
This really really doesn't need a full tutorial, but I'll give you a quick run down of what I did. I cut out a rectangle of denim I had left over from making him the fabric roads earlier. I zigzagged the edge of the denim to keep it from fraying. It was approximately 18x14 inches.
Then I cut out 21 rectangles that were 2x3 inches out of Heat'n Bond Lite. (You could easily do fewer, especially for a younger child.) I ironed them onto the back side of a bunch of colored T-shirt scraps, and then cut the rectables out again. Any kind of fabric scraps will do, but T-shirts are nice because the edges won't fray and then you don't have to finish them nicely. Then I lined them up on my denim, ironed, and sewed around the edges. Click here for my basic tutorial for applique if you've never done it before.
I used 11 colors, each twice (except one was only used once.) The colors I used were red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black, white, brown, and gray. If I were to do this again, I would leave out pink. It turns out we don't own any pink cars. I had to tell him that pink is light red and to put red cars there. You could also leave out gray. It could be fun to include some kind of rainbow square that could match any color instead.