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Trash Bag – Car

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Do you have stashes of garbage in your car door compartment? How about in the center console?

Does it just bug you?


It drives me crazy. I hate the pieces of trash everywhere (especially the small pieces like gum wrappers, post-it notes, receipts, etc)……… I genuinely needed a solution.


Here’s something worth a try.


A little bag to attach to the back of your head rest.
That is always propped open.
(Scroll down to see the secret.) ((wink))


And it’s fabric, so if you happen to get something sticky in there…..pop it in the washing machine.


You’ll need:

  • upholstery fabric (or cotton with interfacing fused to it, to bulk it up)
  • boning, (1/2 inch wide)
  • 7/8 inch wide ribbon (or close to that)
  • velcro
  • sewing machine
  • thread
Start by cutting a back piece of fabric measuring 10 x 13 inches and a front piece that is 12 x 13 inches.
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Along the 12 inch side of the front piece (the bottom), find the center and pin it. Then measure out 1 inch on either side and place another pin at each spot. Then measure out another inch from that and place more pins. So you now have 5 pins, all an inch apart.


First, fold over your fabric from the 2nd pin from the left over to meet the first pin on the left.


Then do the same with the 2nd pin from the right, over to meet the first pin on the right. Now you’ve got 2 pleats that will be at the bottom of your bag.


Then, place your front piece together with the back piece, with right sides together. Pin along the bottom and sides.


Sew along the 2 sides and the bottom with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Clip your 2 bottom corners. Then do a zig-zag stitch close to your seam. Trim the excess fabric away.


Turn right side out and poke your corners out with a pencil (or something similar) to make them sharp and crisp.


Then, fold your front top edge towards the inside, 3/4 inch. Then fold it down another 3/4 inch, creating a casing for your boning. Pin it into place and then sew along the bottom fold, securing the casing into place. Don’t sew the back side yet.


Then sew one end of your casing closed, right by the seam where the front piece and back piece meet.


Cut an 11 inch piece of boning and slide it in your casing, making sure you slide it in the right way, making the boning push outward. Then sew the other end of the casing closed, on the other side where the front and back pieces meet. If you need to trim your boning to fit better, go ahead and do so but the boning needs to fit in there pretty snug.


Then, fold down your back piece the same way (3/4 inch, and then 3/4 inch again) and sew it into place.


Then cut two pieces of ribbon (I used grosgrain)……you might need to measure your seat and headrest and see how long you’d like it to hang down. I cut each of my ribbons 8 inches long. I heat sealed the ends of the ribbons and then attached them towards the outer edge of the bag so that it would hang well in the car. (**Or you can just make strips of fabric.) Then I attached velcro to the other ends of the ribbon.


And now you’re set.



Go tidy up that car. :)

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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