Thursday, July 25, 2013

Easy Trash Bag for your Car Tutorial

 About a month ago, my loving wonderful husband bought me a new car.  Being a little OCD I have been paranoid about any little speck of dirt in it.  Trying to keep it in its beautiful new state, I decided to make a little trash bag for it and share how I did it.
 Materials needed
5 leftover Jelly roll strips
1/4 yd. of oilcloth
****ignore the velcro tabs in the middle of the pic.  I scrapped that idea and just made a loop for the handle.
 Sew 4 of your jellyroll strips together.  I just took a normal size strip and cut it in half.  You don't need the whole WOF that it comes in.
 Press your seams and trim so that you have 2 pieces that are 8.25" x 10.5".
 Sew the 5th strip together along the length of the strip.  Sew with right sides together.
 Turn it right side out and press.  I ran out to my car at this point and measured how long I needed the loop to be.  Mine was 16.5".  Adjust to the length you need.
 Loop the handle around and pin it to one of your exterior pieces.  Secure in place by stitching.
 Cut 2 pieces of oilcloth.  You will need them to measure 8.25" x 10.5"
 Sew both of the exterior pieces with right sides together around the sides and bottom of the bag.  Do the same for the interior pieces.  After stitching trim the bottom corners to an angle.  Just makes things prettier when you turn them right side out.
 Turn the exterior piece so it is right side out.
 Place the exterior piece inside of the interior piece.  The right sides will be together.  I like to match up and pin my side seams together so everything lines up well.  Remember when you are stitching the pieces together across the top to leave yourself about a 2.5" opening to turn the bag right side out.
 This is what you should have.
 Turn the bag right side out through the opening you left.
 Now...CAREFULLY press the top edge.  You don't want to touch the oilcloth with your turns ugly really quickly!!
Top Stitch the top of the bag.
Wasn't that easy?  It took me about 20 minutes to make this one!!!  Happy Sewing.  I would love to see the ones that you make.  Post them to my FACEBOOK page.
Have a FANTASTIC day!!


  1. I love this! I have just been putting our "car trash" in the center console of my van ~ I think I could make this little project! Thanks for sharing ~ Judi

    1. I was too. A lot of gum should give it a try. Super simple and quick. Let me know if you do. I would love to see it.

  2. That fabric is so pretty! I love the quick 20 minute projects you feel so acomplished. The car trash bin is a great idea (my car is always a mess!). Thanks for checking out my napkins, I'm totally addicted to sewing now! Your blog is fab :)


    1. Awwwww...thanks. I am just starting with it so it is a work in progress. Love your blog too.!!!

  3. Beautiful! (Should a trash bag be I need a few of these for our vehicles, thank you for sharing the tutorial.

  4. Kristin, I just finished making the trash bag for my son. He has a white truck and loves black and white with a bit of red. I do not do FB but would like to get a photo of the finished bag to you....
    Your blog is new but OH so refreshing!

    1. I can't wait to see it!!! Email

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  6. I made one! I'll have to send you the photo on FB! It turned out so cute. I did mine a little differently, but your tutorial was great! I just made one long piece and folded it in half and sewed it up the sides, and I added batting to give it a little more weight to it. Now, I'm making one using your tutorial cutting all the pieces and sewing on three sides, but also with batting, so I'll have to show you that one too! Thanks so much!! I used up some of my scraps. Yay!

    1. Kristin, I wasn't able to follow you on FB. It said there was an error. I'll have to e-mail you the photo. Maybe I did something wrong, but it gave me an error when I tried to connect with you on FB. :(

  7. Wonderful tutorial. I have already made two of these and sewing my third one today. After my husband saw it in my car he started hinting that he would like one- so this will be the first thing I've ever sewn for my husband (and I've been sewing for 6 years). For my husband's I am making a basic bag with only one outer and one inner fabric to be simple and match the interior of his car. Thanks so much for this tutorial!!

  8. I love this idea! At first i thought that it was a little holder for a cell phone. I think that would be a great idea too! my husband and I are always looking for places to put our phones in the car.

  9. Pardon me ,but what is a jelly roll strip!

  10. Thank you for sharing this. I think I will make a few of these. Christmas is coming!