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Oct 2, 2010

{EASY} Fabric Roads

John John loves playing with his cars, trucks, and trains. It is so interesting how he just gravitates towards them even though he has tons of other toys to play with. He is all boy for sure!


So, I made a set of these fabric roads from old jeans in my fabric stash.


I saw someone post about making fabric roads for her son and I liked the idea of fabric roads for a couple reasons:

1. John wouldn't have to snap pieces together as he would have to if we had a 'real' set of roads or railroad tracks.
2. It is pretty easy to store compared to having a huge box of bulky pieces.
3. It is portable- we could take one or two pieces with us if we need to entertain him somewhere like a restaraunt or at a doctor's office.

So, I figured I could make the roads pretty easily myself without having to sew anything. Using a pair of old jeans (my mom gave me a ton of my dads old jeans so I have quite the stash of denim!), I cut out some roads that were about 6 inches wide. I didn't hem the edges because I was being lazy, but you could zig zag stitch along all the edges to help keep the fraying at a minimum. I guess I could have also used Fray Check on the edges but so far the fraying hasn't been too annoying. I used yellow paint to quickly make the stripes in the middle of the streets. Aaaaannnnnnddddd, that is it!






With one pair of jeans I was able to make two long roads, two shorter roads, two curved roads, and a four way intersection piece.



So as John was playing with his cars and these fun new roads, I was thinking to myself I could make a little bag or something to store the pieces all nice and neat. Then I realized I already had a nice pocket ready to be used!



Perfect and cute!

And even after I made John his new 'toy', look where he was still playing with his cars. :)





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48 comments:

  1. This is awesome! Love it! I just tweeted and posted it on my facebook page. Thanks!

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  2. Very cute!! Glad dad's jeans have come in handy for ya!

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  3. That is so creative. I love the "low tech" creative play possibilities, those roads can go anywhere his imagination takes them!

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  4. What an awesome way to use up old jeans! My little guy would love these!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I just did this we felt a few weeks ago! Great mind think a like.
    http://www.couturiermommy.com/

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  6. OMG that is Awesome - I love that so creative !!!

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  7. featured this on my blog today

    kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

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  8. such a great idea! i love ways to recycle old t-shirts.

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  9. i found you via pinterest...this is absolutely brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait to make this for my boy :) And that photo of your husband and son is too adorable...can't wait to see my hubs and boy play on their denim roads! ;)

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  10. I think I'm going to make these for my 2yo tomorrow! I might take a pair of my husband's frayed khakis and make some railroad track, too. Very cute!

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  11. Such a clever idea! I will have to make some for my little boy too!

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  12. Ok, this is brilliant! Love it. Can't wait to make some for my boys!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  13. I was just trying to think of something to do with all the out-grown, holey-kneed jeans we have at our house this morning! Thanks for the great idea! (I found this via pinterest)

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  14. We finished these the other day. Thank you so much for the inspiration. You can see ours here, http://bit.ly/kW7Z6o

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  15. I saw your project on Pinterest :) I found some black vinyl on clearance at Joann's that I'm going to use for my roads. I am making one set with white lines and another with yellow lines for 2 brothers. I am also giving one boy blue cars and the other orange so that they, and their parents (LOL!), know which piece belongs to which boy. Thanks so much for the perfect portable present!

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  16. Just discovered this on Pinterest. I've been saving an old pair of my husband's jeans for the next great idea!! I think this is just the thing. And I just so happen to have some yellow paint and a nearly 2 year-old boy to go with it!!

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  17. Love this, and just made some! I'll link back when I post about them:)

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  18. Wow! Great idea!!! I will make this for my sons! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. I've been looking for a gift for a 2 yr old that is visiting. This is perfect for his little carry on bag. Too fantastic! Making this tomorrow. Thank you thank you!

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  20. I'm making 2 sets of these for nieces this year. I found license plate fleece to make a cute bag and am including 2 wooden cars. Thanks for the perfect gift idea!

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  21. Just made these for my 1.5 year old for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. That's brilliant! I am so making this!! :D

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  23. I made one of these for my nephew! So cute! I posted it on my blog and linked back to your instructions. Just wanted to share mine with you. Thanks! http://titus2workinprogress.blogspot.com/2011/10/another-boy-craft.html

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  24. I wanted to let you know that we saw this super fun idea on Pintrest and found your blog....love it! We also used a picture and linked back to your blog on ours.

    welovebeingmoms.blogspot.com

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  25. Just saw this on Pinterest and LOVE IT! "Pinning!"

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  26. What a brilliant idea! Very timely, too because my son is building his own cityville. Fabric roads are more preferable to plastic roads because they are easy to store.Thanks for the idea.

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  27. Cute! I found this through Pinterest. I love your project! I've wantin to do something with denim. Gonna give this one a try. Thanks!

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  28. LOVE this! Thank you for the wonderful idea. I will be sharing this on pinterest.

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  29. My sister and I saw this on Pinterest! We'll both be making them for our little drivers. Thank you!

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  30. what a great idea! thanks for sharing!!

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  31. Terrific! We made ours here: http://littlehomeschoolblessings.blogspot.com/2012/10/roads-from-jeans.html?m=1

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  32. I shared this blog post on facebook. Charming. I Love your writing! That soft denim & scratchy velcro - sensory! Just a lovely idea, and the pocket storage is great. Saw this on fb, and i'm glad I clicked on the pic & followed the link to your blog so YOU get the credit.

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  33. what a ridiculously cute idea! i'll be borrowing this for sure! and the idea of storing them in the pocket... genius! :) lisa

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  34. I made these for my kindergarten class. They are loving them! And seven or eight other teachers have made sets for their rooms, too, now!

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  35. This is fantastic! We live on the road, and my son likes cars, too, so this is ideal. We're whipping it out today for my son's birthday tomorrow.

    Your little John is adorable. I imagine he's a slightly bigger John by now, but probably just as cute and sweet. Thanks for sharing this great project!

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  36. Great idea ... my little guy would love it!

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  37. boy, if you cut those half as wide, you can use magic markers to do brown, blue or red sideways stripes for railroad ties and then just the black for the train tracks. :-)

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  38. Great great idea! So simple and fun! You can have miles&miles of your own road :)
    I linked this idea to my recylce-upcycle blog (http://freshtrash.blog.com/) , hope you don't mind!

    I'm sure I will find some more interesting stuff here, and your are welcomed to sniff "chez moi". :)

    Have a nice day!

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  39. This is such a great idea!!
    I’m currently writing a series of posts about clothes upcycling item by item. I was wondering if I would be able to include this in one of my posts. I’d just like to use one photo and then add the direct link to this post.
    I also have a clothes upcycling project page, if you would like to link up there. It has a long term linky, so your projects would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 400 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/p/clothes-upcycling-projects.html

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  40. Love this tutorial, it was featured on the At Play Blog today!
    www.atplayonline.com

    and added to the craft directory at http://craftsatplay.com/


    I hope it brings you lots of traffic
    Megan

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  41. Hi! We made something similar for our daughter. Love your idea of recycling old jeans for the roads! Wish I had thought of that! We included your post in a round up of similar do-it-yourself toy car ideas on our blog and linked back here!

    http://www.feltwithlovedesigns.com/2013/08/02/links-with-love-diy-toy-car-activities/

    Enjoying browsing around your other crafty ideas too!

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  42. I love your blog! Such fun ideas! I love the recycled denim tracks!
    I featured them in my Crafty Christmas round up.

    Here's the link:
    http://seeshellspace.blogspot.com/2013/08/christmas-wishes-in-august.html

    Hugs!
    Shelley

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