I've got Beatles on the brain today, don't you? Although "Drive My Car" is actually McCartney and not Lennon, here's a fun way your babies can take their cars with them and drive them wherever they go. These Car Caddies are from a fabulous free tutorial by Homemade by Jill, whose blog I love.
One is for Little Brother for his birthday, from Big Sister. We're going to put a personalized tag on the strap, with fabric-ink stamps. The other is for a little guy who was recently adopted by some really wonderful people. I wish we could get them together to drive their cars.
Do you have any idea how many Hot Wheels cars there are? Holy smokes are there a lot of choices. Our local Target must have had hundreds of models. One source, whose reliability I have no idea about, says that as of 2008, Mattel had more than 5,500 different models and 27,158 color and design variations of those models. Mattel has reportedly sold more than 4 billion Hot Wheels since the line was launched in 1968. Wikipedia says, "Mattel estimates that 41 million children grew up playing with the toys, the average collector has over 1,550 cars, and children between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 cars." That's a lot of little cars.
Construction Notes: We omitted the applique and stencil paint that Jill used, instead choosing fun car fabrics. The print fabric is by Riley Blake, who makes some of the best boy fabrics out there. The orange polka dot piping is by Michael Miller. I bought it a couple of years ago and wish I had bought more. The felt is from an Etsy seller, Benzie Bazaar, who offers very high quality wool-rayon blend felt in wonderful colors, at a very reasonable price.