Easy Road Map Folder Made from a Place Mat

This DIY Father's Day craft is easy enough for kids to make, and is sure to be a hit. Dad will love this fun and easy homemade Father's Day gift. Plus, get more of our best easy Father's Day craft ideas!

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Use this DIY fabric placemat craft to create a thoughtful (and practical!) gift for Dad this year. This easy Father's Day craft transforms an ordinary fabric placemat into a road map holder that is perfect for family road trips. This project is easy enough for kids to make with some adult assistance for the sewing. Finish off the project with wood alphabet letters spelling out Dad's initials or a fun family phrase. 

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What You'll Need

  • Fabric place mat
  • Felt-tip marker
  • Two buttons
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric glue
  • Wooden letters
  • Wood glue

Step 1: Fold and Mark

This Father's Day craft starts with a store-bought fabric placemat; our favorite thing about DIY placemat crafts is that most of the sewing is already done for you! Fold one third of the placemat up to form a pocket that is large enough to hold a few maps. Hold this fold in place and mark button placement on the left and right edges of the pocket. 

Step 2: Sew Buttons

Choose coordinating buttons and sew one over each marking. When you attach the buttons, make sure to sew through both layers of the place mat, securing the front and back of the pocket you've created. Knot the thread firmly on the back, and let the kids finish decorating this homemade Father's Day gift.

Step 3: Decorate

Let the kids choose a few colors of ribbon, and wrap two pieces around the flap that will fold over the map pocket. Attach the ribbons with hot glue fabric glue. Personalize your easy Father's Day craft by adding wood alphabet letters. We love the idea of adding Dad's initials, or spelling out a fun travel-theme word or phrase. Use wood glue to attach the letters; when these are dry, your gift is ready for Dad!

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