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!