Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Train Caddy {Tutorial}

I promised a fun tutorial in celebration of Boy Month over at Made by Rae and Made, and here it is! I know there are lots of CAR caddy's out there, but my boy is particularly fond of trains, so I adjusted the pocket measurements a bit and here's what we've got:

It;'s a huge hit for my son and we take it everywhere. So let's get started!! Hooray for boys!! 

Here's what you'll need:

Felt: 10" x 19"
        2- 19" x 1/2" strips
        8- 3" x 1/2" strips
Cotton fabric: 10" x 19"
           19" x 3.5"
           8" x 1.5"
1.5" vecro

**Note: I made two of these at the same time, using two different colors of felt...don't be confused by theblue and the green:) **

1. First, you need to position and sew the train track to the felt. You'll be placing it on the top half of your felt piece. but not too close to the edge, you need room for a seam allowance!

2. Okay, now we need to make the train pockets. You'll need your 3.5" x 19" piece of fabric. Fold one of the long edges down 1/4" and press. Then fold it down again about a 1/2" and press. Then top stitch it. Then you'll align the long, raw edge of the 3.5" x 19" piece with the bottom of your large felt piece and sew it down along the sides and bottom. To make the pockets, find the center of your pocket panel and pin it. now measure out 3.5" pockets from the center and pin each one. (The two outer pockets will be slightly larger than 3.5" which allows for the seam.) Sew down these pockets.

3. Now take the 10" x 19" piece of fabric and place the soft side of the velcro right in the center and about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. Sew.

4. To make the tab that will keep the caddy together you'll need your 8" x 1.5" piece of fabric. Fold in one of the short ends about a 1/2" and press. Then fold it in half lengthwise and press. Open it and then fold it lengthwise again, but only to the center fold, and press, like in the picture below. Do this to both long sides and then fold once more on your original fold and press. This will give you a strip with no raw edges along the long sides and one of the short ends as well. Now edgestitch around all sides.

5. Now sew the rough side of the velcro to the strip, on the opposite end of the raw edge. It should look something like this:

6. Pin the velcro enclosure tab onto the felt panel, velcro side down, about a 1/3 of the way up from the bottom (so that it will align will the soft side of the velcro, which is on the fabric panel) being sure to leave 7" of the tab. the rest will hang over. See the picture below to get exactly what I'm talking about :)

7. Now, place and pin the fabric panel and felt panel right sides together.

8. Sew all the way around, making sure you catch the enclosure tab and leave a 4" hole in the middle of one of the sides (either the top or the side opposite of the enclosure tab). Trim any excess fabric and clip the corners.

9. Turn the fabric right side out, press and edgestitch all the way around
You're Done!! Now fill that sweet little thing with trains and make a little man very happy!

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Leigh the sewing diva said...

oh no! dont let my little thomas fanatic see that he will demand one immediately!! Guess i know what im making him for easter.

Come visit my blog at:
Leigh at The Sewing Diva

SpartanGirl said...

Oh my gosh - how perfect!! I have a little guy who is going to be 3 in just a few weeks and has been repeatedly asking for "choo choos" for his birthday. I was at a loss for what to give him since he has SO many trains already. This will be perfect!!

Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Wasabi Honey Bee said...

Just happened on your blog and I love this train track!!
: ) Marica said...

So cute! Thanks for linking up!


Tanya said...

Super cute! I also have a train lover who would probably get a lot of enjoyment out of this.

Alicia said...

Totally want to make this one for my 5 year old train-obsessed son! Thanks for the tut!

Erica @ said...

We love trains too & this is so cute! My little guy would love one of these. Thanks for the tutorial!

Alex said...

I love this and I must make it! My son is completely obsessed with Thomas the Train and he carries all of his trains around in either a Thomas tin lunch box or a rolling suitcase and he always wants to take them with us, but its such a hassle. This is a great idea & will be perfect when we fly to California later this month.

Erica @ said...

I am featuring this on my blog tomorrow- stop by and grab a button :)

Becky said...

Love this! I've made a car version in the past for everyone from "Radiator Springs", but I see one of these in my sewing future!

shantel said...

I love it!
I featured them on my blog!

Arielle said...

I've made and love this train caddy. My train-obsessed 3 year old takes it to church every Sunday.

amanda bernal said...

What size train fits best in the pockets? I'm just finishing up a couple for my three year old Thomas loving nephew, and I can't give him a caddy that isn't filled with trains. This Auntie is clueless, I just need to know what to order on Amazon.

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Katie Jensen said...

Hey Amanda, the standard wooden Thomas trains should fit perfectly

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