Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ba dunk ba dunk--OR--Where to put your trash



So, the Boy--4 years old now!-- asks why I never clean my car.  I look around.  Front seat, clean.  Floors, clean enough.  Back seat, tornado of 4-year-old-ness.  And, yet, it is "my mess"



The birth of the back seat hanging trash/toy bin was imminent.  Version 1 and 4 can be viewed together in the above picture of this tutorial.  Versions 2 and 3 are in my sister and mother's cars.  My 5 year old niece informed me that I had one hour before they left in order to make them for her and  Grandma, so I stepped on it!  Nothing like a deadline!  So, if you take the time to read this and have the materials on hand, you, too, can be on the path to a clean(er) car!!

Materials:  2- 12" squares oilcloth or laminated fabric.  2- 12" squares cotton or home dec weight fabric.  2- 18" x 2" strips of fabric.

Press the 18" x 2" strips in half lengthwise, fold open and turn the raw edges to the center crease and press.  Edge-stitch around both straps. (I left the ends of the straps raw in versions 1, 2 and 3, but for the purposes of this tutorial that I'm sharing with the public, I didn't want anyone thinking me lazy, so made nice neat pointed ends on these straps!)
With  the right sides together and a 1/4" seam, stitch the sides of the outer fabric together on three sides.  Repeat with oil-cloth or laminated fabric.


To make gussets, nest the seams of the outer fabric and oil-cloth at both bottom corners, and pin in place.  Measure 2" along the seam line.  Use disappearing ink to mark the stitch line where the seam line measures 2" from the corner and the width measures 4."  Stitch along these lines on all four corners, outer and oil-cloth.
Turn outer fabric right side out and keep inner  fabric wrong side out.  I left the fabric in place after sewing the gussets to add some more stability to the bag.

On outer fabric, measure 2 1/2" toward the center from each seam and pin raw edges of straps in place.   Baste 1/8" from fabric edge
Place the outer fabric--inside-- right sides together with the bag interior.  Match seams and pin well.






Sew around top of bag interior and outer fabric with a 1/4" seam, leaving a 4" opening for turning.
Pull fabric through opening, turning right sides out.  Make sure to have some legos on hand in case you're bored by this project.



Edge stitch around top of the bag, closing opening as you go.

Lift the headrest in your car and tie around posts.  Lower the headrest to hide the ends.  Let your children play basketball with their trash and enjoy a cleaner car!

51 comments:

  1. super project!!! I need one of these!

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  2. Fantastic idea-I must make some of these for my car-my car is contiually trashed by my 3 children!

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  3. This is a great project!! I need to add this to my list of to-dos! but have to admit, I have no childen to blame it on!

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  4. Just today, Anna asked for one for the Jeep as we were driving it while the Expedition was being serviced. Definitely a hit with that little girl! She collects trash from the two boys that we haul from preschool to go in it. Too bad she isn't as picky about her room!

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  5. Oh, this is so smart! I need to make one in case my 3-year-old starts noticing the mess in my car!

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  6. Yea! You did it! I will definately make one of these for my 52 Project. I will let you know when I get there. Thank you so much Tara.

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  7. Very cute! I need a few of these myself, I've bookmarked your tute.

    Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday! Please don't forget to link back to my blog in your post. Have a great week!

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  8. Yes, yes, yes! Making one of these the minute I get my hands on some oilcloth!

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  9. I lived in FC for about a year but we just moved to Denver at the end of December... We head up there every so often and I love MSS so I stop in every time I go :)

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  10. These are awesome Tara. Nice job.

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  11. i am so going to make a few of these, they are super DUPER cute!!! (Incidently, they will help in stash busting...just need to pick up some oilcloth.) thanks for the tutorial!

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  12. My link to your tute is up! http://howdoyoudothisagain.blogspot.com/2011/02/week-8-creating-for-car.html

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  13. So, Tara....since I made your Fall veggie dish from the quilt retreat, you must make me a trash bag.....I'll even supply the fabric (I am going to retire from sewing.....I suck at it).
    xo, Kate

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  14. I just featured your tutorial on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/06/fabric-car-trash-bags-with-tutorials.html

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  15. Thank you I was just thinking about this idea yesterday and it is just what I imagined.

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  16. Hi! Just found your blog via Pinterest. Someone pinned this pic and I love it!! I have a crafty/quilty blog so I'm glad to find another crafty blog to follow. :) Nice to meet you!
    xo
    Kelli

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  17. I made this toy/trash basket this afternoon, it is wonderful and I love the oilcloth too - I would never have thought of using it.
    Nicole

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  18. I just featured your tutorial on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/06/fabric-car-trash-bags-with-tutorials.html

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  19. Oh my goodness ... I found this tutorial on pintrest and just made the ADORABLE little bag. such an easy project and so much fun! I am making one for all of friends who have little ones (or messy cars!) Great idea - I love it!

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  20. Love these so much I'm off the my stash pile to start right away. Brilliant and much cuter than the black ones they sell at stores. THANKS!

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  21. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

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  22. Read this tute mid-morning. Finished making mine by early afternoon. Easy peasy and very functional. I am going on a road trip soon and will use this to hold my junk that I need near me in the back seat. Too cute to use for trash.

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  23. Well! I guess I will need to make one of these! These would come in handy at the sewing/crafting table - just need to find another way to hook it up.

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  24. Hello, I'm French and I love your idea, I think that I will do the same for my car, with brodery.
    have a nice day

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  25. What a great idea... I think I will make a couple for our truck... seems my boys always need a place to put something..

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  26. cute idea, another way to invert is to leave the 4" opening in the bottom of the inner fabric, sew the inner and outer completely together then invert from the opening in the lining, that way your hand stitch is hidden from view, if you're fussy about stuff like that :)

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  27. Need to make a trip to MSS and pick up some oilcloth and get on this!
    It was so good seeing you in there last week and thanks so much for all your help picking out fabric for the quilt.

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  28. Thank you, thank you! It is not kids with trash in my car, but OLD LADIES!! Who'd a thunk it? Now it should be clean AND pretty!! :-)

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  29. Great tutorial! I just made three of these this afternoon for our van - they'll be great for trash or little kid toys - thanks much! - Jennifer

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  30. I just finished making a pair of these with Hello Kitty fabric. I used 7/8" grosgrain ribbon instead of fabric ties to make it easier. They turned out great!

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  31. I had to modify this to work around DVD players and use different fabric. Thanks for the great tutorial! I posted my modifications on my blog but linked to yours for the tutorial.
    http://healthwealthandhome.blogspot.com/2012/06/trashbag-for-car.html#

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  32. I made 5 of these for friends and they loved them now I have more orders fro people who can sew. I plan on using them for baby showers as well. Fill it with all types of baby product and you have a great wrapping plus they have something they can use.

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  33. great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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  34. So i havent a clue how to sew... can i order these?

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  35. How cute... but i dont sew can we purchase somewhere?

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  36. quilt shop owner informs me if i put a pin thru laminate, it will make a hole. i have never sewed with laminate.

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  37. aI'm currently making this bag and got stuck at the gusset. I have never made a gusset and I'm trying to figure it out.

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  38. Great tutorial!
    Thanks..... Sonny

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  39. I need one of these. Would you be intrested in selling one to me? Please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Sarah

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    1. I would make you one, but wouldn't charge you. Any idea of fabric? I can use iron on laminate inside so that you can wipe clean if need be. Answer here and I will answer back.

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  40. I made 2 of these for my grandchildren per daughters request.:) They use them to keep color books, colors, and their Nintendo DS's in. Keeps everything up off the floor of the car and not kicked out onto the ground when getting in and out. I had never made a gusset before so used scrap material for a trial run. Easy to do!! Very good instructions on how to make these!! It was easy and fun!

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  41. Just made one. Sew easy! We are using them as a toy bin in the car. Making a few more for friends to use. Thanks, great directions easy to follow.

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  42. Super cute idea! Are you interested in making one or two to sell? I just got a new car and I'm hoping that my 7 year old and I can keep it clean :) I have a 6 month old too, but he's not big enough to contribute to our mess yet! **I don't have any of the "profile" types it's listing, but I can send you my email address if you need it. Thanks :)

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  43. I just made two of these in a couple of hours (I'm new to sewing) and your instructions were fantastic! Thank you so much! I will link you on my blog. <3 Alisha from http://handsandheartsfull.blogspot.com.au/

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  44. I think I will make a few for the kidsfor the vacation to put there stuff in... did you put the oil cloth on the inside or outside?

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  45. Many thanks for this DIY !!!
    I've just made 2 for my children and to save my new car !!
    I translate your DIY in French, so I would like if I could post in my Blog just the translation, with the link to your post ?
    My Blog : http://pooksfamily.over-blog.com
    You can see my version here : http://pooksfamily.over-blog.com/2014/05/vide-poche-voiture-pour-les-enfants.html

    See you Soon...

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  46. Hallelujah! I have been waiting for years for something like this. They don't make cars with knobs anymore to hang your trash container from. Does this age me? Anyway, I sure appreciate this pattern.

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