February 17, 2011

Lets Talk Trash...

          Even though I stay at home with our kids, there are days I feel like I actually live in my car. I'm sure you've had a few of those days also :) Needless to say, my car has seen its fair share of wrappers, crumbs, and endless amounts of junk! So, I  found a little inspiration here. I took matters into my own hands and figured I could take a stab at making a little 'ol bag, to try and solve our cars trashy problem... Hope this tutorial helps you scoop up every once of trash in your car too!

         There really was no tutorial out there that I saw of exactly what I wanted, so I just started to fly by the seat of my pants, and by golly it turned out :)

First you will need:
2 pieces of  matching fabric for the outer shell measuring 10"x14"
4 pieces of matching fabric for the inner shell measuring 9.5"x 13.5"
2 pieces of heavy duty double sided Inner Fuse measuring: 9"x13"
1 center release buckle (that's what I used and love, but any 'ol buckle you like will do)
2 pieces of material for the straps measuring 3.5"x11"

(Note: We have a big SUV, the sizes above are made to fit a larger car, you may want to scale it down if you have a smaller sized car)

                                      Here's the Inner Fuse I used.

Once all my pieces were cut, I sandwiched the Inner Fuse between two pieces of my inner shell fabric and ironed it like crazy. Iron both sides of the fabric.

Next, go grab the other piece of Inner Fuse and your other two pieces of
inner shell fabric and repeat the above steps.

Now you have two sets of stiff fabric! Hooray! Fold over the top lining to where it meets the Inner Fuse and sew at the top of the shell. Don't worry to much about what this will look like, the trash bag will be covering this, plus we will be turning this inside out later. Do that to both inner shells.
Once the tops of each of the shells are sewn up, you will then lay them on top of each other and sew the remaining 3 sides. Make your seam right against the inner fuse. Again, no worries about how this will look, we are flipping this inside out next!

Then you can flip it to hide the seams. Although, this Inner Fuse is heavy duty and makes it a little hard to do that. So just push it into itself slowly and then...Taa daa, its right side out! Done with the inner shell. It's nice and tough and holds it's shape fabulous. Making it nice to shove place trash in.

Then you will want to hem up the tops of the outer shell.

Next, lay them on top of each other, right side in,
and sew the remaining 3 sides up.
Trim the bottom corners, make sure you don't cut the seam!
Now fold it inside out, and set it aside for now.

Next, grab one of your strips of fabric you will be using
 for the straps and fold it over. Sew up the side and bottom.
Do this to both straps.
Then fold them right side out.

Then,  place each strap through a side of the buckle. The unsewn side
should be the one closest to the buckle.

Then, fold the unsewn end under, and hem.
Do that to both ends of the buckles. Should look like this when they are done.

 Next, you will want to take one side of the buckle and sew it to the side of the otter shell where the seam is.                          
                                          Do that to both sides

Now that your done with the otter shell, you can put the trash bag inside the inner shell. For the trash bag, I just used a walmart bag and cut off the handles.I always seem to have tons of those handy.

   Next, place the inner shell inside the outter one. It should  fit nice and snug.This will help  to hide the unsightly trash bag, and keep it in place.

Next, if you'd like you can take a needle and thread and run a few stiches through the bottoms of the bag, attaching the two shells. I just ran like 3 large stitches by hand through the center of the bottom. It helps keep both layers always attached, even though they should fit snug. But, if you do this beware-its painful!I'm just say'n, consider yourself warned! I don't know how many times I stabbed myself reaching in the bag to grab the needle as it came through. Not to mention tying a knot from insde the bag. Not easy folks! I swear this was the hardest part , but I am glad I attached them.  

Finally, test it out in your car!

Now, the fun part....cleaning out the car!
Hope this tutorial helped. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. JEN! This is really awesome and such a great tutorial...I am going to have to do this, and soon! (love the fabric you picked too)

  2. Wow! So glad I took a peak at Finding Fabulous's Frugilicious Friday entries. I absolutely love your idea for the vehicle trash holder. It is definitely a must have for every vehicle there is. I used to struggle with the small trash can I had in my vehicle trying to get my children to keep it tidy. Then I went to just bags and that didn't work too well either. I have a feeling I have struck gold with this find on Finding Fabulous's Friday post. Thanks for the clear understandable instructions and photos. I will be making a few (4)for the family if that is Ok to do so. Do you have a copyright on it or anything that would prevent it? I only wish I could get your blog posts in my email as they get lost in Google friend connect.

  3. I really like this idea! I've seen others, and they look too complicated for this beginner. Love this tute! Thanks for sharing and keep those sewing tutes coming. ;)

  4. Alice,
    So glad the tutorial was helpful! It really has helped in keeping our car tidy! You'll have to send me pictures of yours when they are done, I would LOVE to see it! :)

    To answer your question about the copyright,
    Its totally great to recreate and share, just link back to our site. Just don't sell them commerically. :)

    Thanks for stopping by! :) Happy Crafting!

    Jenn at Build It Sew It Love It

  5. This is a great idea. My car always looks like a trash bin and this would be a great solution. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. What a cute bag. I have been meaning to make something similar for my car. I'm your newest follower. Be sure to stop by my blog Monday and add your project to the More The Merrier Monday Link Party.


  7. so much cuter than my black one that I have in my car :) thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings!

  8. What a great idea. Love the tutorial. I just might try out my mediocre sewing skills and try to make one. Now, do you have any magical ideas to get my kids to actually PUT their trash in it???