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Felt Toy Truck – Little Boy Gift Idea

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Remember how book giving is on the Christmas-gift-list this year?  
(Check out my girl book/gift idea here.)
Well, my little boy will get a personalized little gift with his new books too.
We checked out The Three Little Rigs (by David Gordon) from the library a few weeks ago….
He ab-so-lute-ly fell in love with the book.  And loved reciting parts of it as I read it to him.  We returned the book to the library so that other kids could borrow the book…..and he was crushed.

So I hurried over to amazon.com and ordered it for Christmas.
(And I think paid $0.24 because it was used but in ‘like new’ condition.  Plus shipping.  Great deal.)

And to accompany his new little truck book, a plush little friend……..
 **I’m sure there are plenty of girl truck lovers out there too…….so this would be just as cute for your little girl.
And you know, there were plenty of other books that I couldn’t help but plop into the Amazon shopping cart.  Trucks seem to be one of his little boy passions lately.
The soft truck was created with headlight eyes and a front grill smile.
What a great new buddy to read his books with.
Sometimes a little homemade gift is a perfect match for new books.
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Would you like to make your own felt truck?

You’ll need to start by drawing out a basic side shape for your truck.  Cut it out of paper and use it as a pattern to cut out 2 pieces of felt in whatever color you’d like.  (I used all straight edges and and used a ruler to help me keep the edges even and precise.)  Then, cut out a long strip that’s as wide as you’d like the width of the truck to be and long enough to go all the way down and around the center of the truck shape.
(My paper pattern piece for the truck side pieces measured about 6.5 inches tall and 10.5 inches wide.  The center strip measured about 6 inches wide and 34 inches long.  That may help if you’re trying to make one in a similar size.)
Then, lay your strip down under your machine needle, several inches from the end.   Then, place the bottom edge of the truck under the needle as well and line it up with the edge of the long strip.  Begin sewing along the bottom of the truck, starting your stitch about in the middle of the bottom of the truck.  (Use 1/4 inch seam allowance.)
**Keep in mind that you will always keep the long strip straight up and down under the needls and won’t ever curve it or turn it as you’re sewing.  You will only be manipulating the truck piece and will move it as you go.  But keep that bottom strip lined up, while using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
When you get to the first corner, stop a 1/4 inch from the bottom edge then pull your truck shape, pivoting the fabric around the needle…….
……..and keep pulling it and arranging it until that next edge is lined up with the bottom strip.  It is essential that you stopped 1/4 inch from the edge in the last step, before you turned your truck shape, so that the fabric will line up in this step.
Use a pin (or something small) to help that corner lay flat before continuing to sew.
Then continue to sew around the next corner the same way as the first.  
Then when you get to a corner that is inverted like this one…….
……pass the bottom edge a 1/4 inch……
……..then start pulling the top fabric over and down so that it will line up with the strip below, that is still lined up straight up and down.
Here it is all lined up on the right edge with a bit of manipulated fabric above.
Continue around the rest of the corners the same way.  Then stop about a 1/2 inch from where you started with the other end and leave your tail of fabric.  Here’s what it should look like.
Then flip your truckover with the sewn edge facing down, and place your second truck shape on top.  Pin the bottom edge where you’ll be starting your next seam, making sure to match up this side directly opposite the other side.  If you don’t match this side up just how the other side is, your truck will turn out all funky and twisted.
Sew all the way around the other edge the same way, making sure to place the strip side on the bottom and only move the side truck shape as you sew all the way around again.  Leave the bottom open in the same way.
On each side of the truck, the corners that are inverted will pull funny after turning it right side out without clipping it first.  So clip right in the corners, making sure to not clip through the seam.
Then turn your truck right side out, poke out the corners and stuff with batting.  If you’re truck is lumpy, move the batting around and shove more in there to even it out.
Then tuck the raw ends towards the inside and hand-stitch it closed.  
(Need help with hand-stitching?  Click here.)
Next, the tires.  
I made big front tires and small back tires……more like a semi truck with a flat bed.
So I found circle cups in my house to create 2 large front tires and 4 smaller back tires.  I sewed all the way around the circles, except for an opening along one side.  Then I turned them right side out………..
…….and shoved them with batting.
Then I hand-stitched the opening closed.
(Need help with hand-stitching?  Click here.)
Then I created smaller circles in a grey color and cut out little half circles all the way around each circle.  
I was trying to create a hub cab look.
Then I used a needle and tread to secure each tire to the sides of the truck.  I then hot glued the hub caps to the tire but hand-stitching would work well too.
Finally, I created eyes, eyebrows, and a curved grill shape for the mouth……all with felt.  I used glue and hand-stitching to attach the pieces to the front of the truck.  (I didn’t actually hand-stitch all the pieces….but it’s up to you.)
I also created front windshields out of rectangle pieces of felt and then a side smoke stick thing-y for the side.  What’s that thing called?  Anyone?
Make sure to personalize your truck and make it look like one in a book or just how your little guy (or even girl) would like it.
And that’s it.
All ready to be loved on and squished………while reading the new books.
 



Comments

  1. Kristal says:

    OMGoodness!! This is brilliant!! Bloody brilliant I tell you! You amaze me. Thanks for sharing!

  2. babygirlhoarder says:

    That's awesome! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Just in time for Christmas too :)
    My mechanic husband tells me they are called exhaust stacks. :D

  3. Mike and Wendy says:

    My son LOVES this book too!

  4. Melanie says:

    Where has your site been all my life? Seriously! I've been perusing for way too long – this truck is beyond cute.

  5. Jody and Amy says:

    Such a cute idea, my little boy loves trucks! He would love something like that.

  6. Anonymous says:

    STOP STOP STOP!!! That is tooo cute! I HAVE to make one for my little guy.

  7. Amanda A. says:

    This is so great! I whipped out a tractor version in fleece/felt for my little guy yesterday and he LOVES it. Thank you for all the great ideas. And we call the stick thing a smokestack…so we named the tractor Smokey John Deere.

  8. littlechrissy says:

    This is unbelievably cute. I'm so pleased I found your blog.

  9. Christy, Home-Mom.com says:

    too adorable and a great 1st toy truck for a little one.

    lol side smoke stick thingy :)
    …and I would say that.

  10. Felt-o-rama says:

    This cutie really brings a smile to my face. My little boy would LOVE this! I've included a link to your tutorial on my blog :)

  11. CaseyMarie says:

    Great tut!!! I am totally making this one. Have been trying to think of a good handmade gift for a younger boy, this would be perfect for him!!! Thanks a million!
    ~Casey Marie

  12. Melanie Beth says:

    love love this! my son would be overjoyed, i'm going to have to try this!

  13. thefinderofthings says:

    These are so cute! I was totally needing a homemade boy gift! Thanks for the great idea!! I love how you do the step by step with pictures. It really talks to my brain!

  14. Rachael says:

    That is SO cute! I wish I weren't so busy making last minute christmas gifts….

  15. this.is.us says:

    They're called stacks, and my 3 year old little man says the truck would be a super truck if it had one on each side! (We're owners of a transport company so it's in his blood to be obsessed!) He could tell you what kind of truck any was – Peterbilt, Mack, Freightliner etc etc.. I think I'm going to have to make some of these to match our fleet of real trucks! :)

  16. Lil Mama Stuart says:

    love it! how long did it take though?

  17. Kerri says:

    This has to be the best gift ever. completely brilliant, being able to play while reading (and after of course) rocks and you even shared the pattern to make the truck- you are amazing!

    Thanks!

    Kerri
    NewParent.com

  18. Janice says:

    GREAT! I love it – may try this for a Christmas present though I don't know how to sew — it looks fairly straight forward. :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    C'est SUPER !!!!
    Merci beaucoup !!!!!

  20. amyjo says:

    this is so cute! i do have a question though. what kind of felt do you use for these kinds of crafts? i have made some dolls and the felt always gets all balled up. any suggestions? thanks.

  21. Inle says:

    I was reading your blog when my son (1.5) walked in, pointed at the screen, and yelled, "TRUCK!!!" I may have to find the time between now and Christmas to make two. One for each of my boys.

  22. Annette says:

    I love it thank y ou so much

  23. Fernanda says:

    I absolutely loved it!! I can't wait to try it!

  24. by night says:

    So, so cute! Thank you for the tutorial! I think I am going to make one (minimum) for my friend's little boys…

  25. Cara says:

    LOVE IT! Thank you so much for sharing! I'll be making this SOON! Maybe I can add some kind of dump bed too with velcro or something?! And I'm pretty sure they're "smokestacks."

  26. kirstin & jordan says:

    oh how I love this. like seriously, LOVE it.
    and my little one would love it too!
    what a great idea- thanks for sharing! :)

  27. Colette says:

    You are simply amazing. Your kids are going to be so happy on Christmas day!

  28. PinkBlingCrafter says:

    Wow!!!!great tutorial and Love the truck!!!!

  29. ProudArmyWife21 says:

    Awe this is so cute! Love It!

    I am having a lil boy so I am gonna print this and save it to make for him down the road.
    Thanks!!!

  30. Erin says:

    My little guy is in LOVE with anything that has wheels. I think I'll have to try my hand at this project…after all the other Christmas sewing that needs done still! :) And that pipe is actually called a smoke stack.

  31. Chelsea says:

    Aw, so cute! I wish I had a little one to make that for!

  32. Rachel D says:

    This is adorable. It's now on my to-do list for baby gifts.

  33. Amanda says:

    I am not the greatest sewer :( Can I just pay you to make my daughter one? LOL!

  34. Heidi Ferguson says:

    My son loves that book "Truckery Rhymes" but we just skim it cuz it's so long. But what a cute felt truck! My son is so into trains right now and I think it would be so cute to make a felt train, stuck together with velcro or something.

  35. Stacie says:

    That is just too stinkin' CUTE!! My little boy would LoVe this! Thanks for sharing.

  36. Gena says:

    You write terrific tutorials with awesome photos. This one is no exception. Thanks for your inspiring blog. I've been looking for a gift I can make for boys and this is a great idea. Thanks!

  37. Beth @ Sand To Pearl says:

    This is really neat. My so would love this, only I would have to hand sew all the pieces on since my son is destructor and would decimate anything glued on.

    1. Sarah says:

      I was wondering if this project would stand up to a rough and tumble little boy. This would be cute for my little nephew, but he and his younger, twin sisters can be destructive without trying.

  38. Karena says:

    I am in awe!! Tooooo Cute!!

    Remember to enter my $200 Giveaway from Fifi Flowers!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  39. Happy Homemaker Me says:

    Such an adorable idea! You little guy is going to be SO excited!
    What a great mom :-)
    My mom did things like this for us when we were little, and it feels me with warm fuzzies remembering.
    I can't wait to do the same someday!

    ♥ Bethany

    http://www.happyhomemaker.me

  40. Stephanie Rose says:

    Holy Cannoli! I love this!!! How awesome!

  41. Lori Thompson says:

    ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Sara Marie says:

    This is a adorable little truck!

  43. Caci says:

    I love this idea! My little man got the book "The Little Blue Truck" for Christmas last year and LOVES IT!! I can't wait to make one of these for him later this month!

  44. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife says:

    Seriously this is just too cute! I never know what to make for little boys- this becomes even more frustrating as I'm pregnant with my second! Thanks for such a cute and great tutorial!

  45. Grace says:

    so cute! what an awesome idea!

  46. Camilla Jones (CioCo Photography) says:

    I think its called an exhaust pipe, but side smoke stick thing-y should work just as well. ;) great idea!

  47. Liz @ LivingMySweetLife says:

    That is such a great idea!!!!! My little one would LOVE this, I hope I have enough time to crank one out before Christmas!

  48. Jacqueline says:

    What a great way to bring a story to life, with a little toy to match. I like this Idea. Thanks for sharing.

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