Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Adorable car organizer

After deciding my car was in need of help,  (read more about that here), I set out to make a car organizer.  I went looking for one at a few stores and didn't find what I was looking for so I looked on the Internet for inspiration.  I found it here.

And here is my version

 I love how it turned out!  I tried to follow the tutorial, but I made a mistake by sewing the bottom pocket on first where as the tutorial sews the top pocket on first and then moves downward.  I  realized I messed up and couldn't follow the tutorial so I made it up as I went along.  The pockets sag a little; I wanted several items to fit in there.   I wanted my pockets to hold toys and not just books.

    My car floor and seats are toy and clothes free!  I don't have C whining that she wants a certain toy or book that is on the car floor while I'm driving.  She is able to reach what she needs from her car seat by herself.  Mission accomplished!

Disclaimer:  I am a beginner when it comes to sewing.  I will show you how I made it and what worked for me.
Here's how I made mine

I used 4 different types of fabric.

I measured 2 pieces (the green my main fabric) to be 26 Length by 15 Width.
The other 4 (I ended up using 3) to be 15 x 16

I ironed all the pieces

I cut out 2 pieces of fabric that were 2 x 52.  You can do  3-4 strips if you want, but you want it to total up to 104 inches. 

Sew the strips together

Fold the strip in half and iron and then fold in half again and iron.  You will have a thin, long piece that is your binding.

Next, pin your 2 main pieces of fabric together.  Cute sides facing each other.  (You want the back of the fabric on the outside).  Sew the sides together.  Leaving about 8 inches open.  Then turn right side out and fold the fabric down and stitch that together.  You can also hand stitch.  This will be the bottom of the organizer and will not show.

Take your smaller pieces of fabrics (pockets) and fold ugly sides touching


Next, (from now on this is where my organizer is different from the tutorial.  I sewed the bottom pocket on first.) Pin the bottom pocket to the main part fabric and sew.

Next, take the next pocket and you will lay fold side facing bottom.  Then, at the top you will fold over the edge and sew.  I sewed a 1/4 seam. 

Pin the bottom pocket fold side down to the organizer and sew.  (Please note in this picture it looks like the top of the pocket is sewed to the organizer but it is not. Look at the picture below where I have pinned).

Repeat the same process you did with the previous one with this one.  You will lay fold side toward bottom and sew the top of the pocket to 1/4 seam. 

Pin the pocket to the organizer and sew.  Now you've finished sewing the pockets on.

Next, take the binding and at the fold wrap it around the edge of the organizer and pin. 

Keep wrapping the binding around at the fold and pin.

Sew.  The tutorial I used said to sew at the very edge of the binding but since I am not a sewing professional I had a tough time catching the binding on both sides of the organizer.   I found it was much easier to sew down the middle of the binding and still looks nice.

For the ties, I measured 2 strips of 2 x 20 and repeated the same process that I did for the binding.   I attached each string at the top of the organizer 2 inches in on each side and then stitched the ties on.  (Sorry no pics here)

I am so proud of the organizer!  I love the colors and it has been a lifesaver in my car.  Everyone that has clutter in their backseat should have one. 

When I put the backpack there, C is able to reach all of her toys while buckled into her car seat.  I have also used my purse.  For short trips, she picks out what she wants from there when she gets in the car and then she puts them away before she gets out.

I love my car organizer!  I cannot wait to make one more!  It helps keep extra clothes and toys off the seat and floor of the car.   I don't know what I did without one!  Oh car was a DISASTER!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Your car organizer turn out great. What a nice way to keep things put away in the car.

    1. Thank you! It definitely helps with car clutter.

  2. Found this from the link party at Southern Lovely. I may need to make one of these for my car. Thanks for sharing.

  3. We are heading out on a road trip soon and these would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Super cute. The colors are fabulous, and this will really come in handy when we go on our upcoming vacation.

    I'd love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins--


    Holla! We're your newest followers!

  5. I love the colors you chose. I wish I would've had something like this when my kids were tiny. Especially on car trips. It would have helped so much. Wonderful job! (Newest follower)

  6. I'm a newest follower from the linky!!! Your idea is awesome, my car is... i can't say indeed! That looks easy to make, and very quick

  7. This is GENIUS! We'd love for you to come share your ideas with us at our link party this weekend! -The Sisters

  8. HI Shawna
    Oh my! This is fabulous! You take great pictures of your work, too! Very fun!

    We would LOVE for you to stop over and link up this awesome idea in our Crafty Saturday Showcase. The Showcase runs Saturday through Thursday. Then our Designers will pick their top linked up picks and feature them on Friday! Stop over and join in the fun! We have a linky for crafty bloggers and ETSY/Business Bloggers!

    Have a great weekend,

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by our Showcase! Amazing sewing project. :-)

  10. Evaluate and make a kist how you use your car will depend on how you organize it and what you need in order to keep things organized in the future.