Car Trash Bag Sewing Tutorial

As a busy mom who is always on the go, my car can get pretty messy real quick. We can all relate to cheerios and goldfish all over the place, but then there’s the occasional water bottle, apple sauce packet, gas station receipt, etc. You get the idea, and I’m sure you can definitely relate. I don’t think of myself as a messy person, but there’s only so much I can carry into the house, holding the child at the end of the day, so the water bottles etc sort of get left behind.

It was about time that I solve this problem. Since I’m a creative, and visual person, I decided to make my very own car trash bag! I love it!!! I found this adorable retro mod upholstery fabric at a local fabric warehouse and lined it with this cute floral print I have been dying to make myself something with. It has been a serious game changer in the car. I throw any trash in there right away, and when its full, I just take the bag and toss it, and put a new bag in.

While I got my fabric locally, I still highly recommend checking out fabric.com. It is a great resource with all types of fabric at unbeatable prices.

 

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

So here’s how you can make one yourself!

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

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What you’ll need:

-1 11 x 18 1/4 inch piece of fabric for the outside (I highly recommend thicker decorator fabric or something like a canvas or cotton duck)
-1 11×18 1/4 inch piece of fabric for the inside (A cotton woven works great)
-2 6 inch in diamater circles (1 from the outside fabric, and 1 from the inside)
– Material for the strap. I prefer to use 1 inch twill tape for any sort of strap, but you can also make a strap with your fabric. **The length will depend on a few things… I added a snap feature so I don’t have to worry about the lenght of the strap to get it over certain things in the car. If you don’t want to use snaps, you may want to measure what you’ll be hanging it over so you can get it on. For example, if you’re hanging over the headrest the strap will need to be large enough to fit over, vs. hanging over the shifter.**
-Optional Snaps. I use KAM snaps, but if you’re ordering from fabric.com, you can pick up babyville snaps here. You’ll want to get the pliers kit as well. It’s a bit of an investment but these will come in handy as you realize snaps are awesome! If not, a sturdy velcro will work for this or a button.

Pellon 70 firm stabilizer for liner to wrap plastic bag around. I would get about 1 yard. This can be purchased at fabric.com here.

After all the materials are prepared, you will start by sewing the seams for the inside and outside tubes. With right sides in, sew the seam with 3/8th inch seam allowance. You will be stitching the shorter ends of the fabric. Do for both the inside and outside piece. Iron the seams flat.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

The next step is a little bit tricky. With the right side of the outside fabric still in, pin the outside circle piece to the bottom of the tube (also with the right side facing in). Pin it the same way for the inside fabric. Carefully and slowly stitch around the circle.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

If you are using twill tape, another strong ribbon-like strap, or any strap with a snap, fold over the end of the longer piece twice, and stitch to make a nice finished end. The shorter piece will be folded over in half. You can stitch along the edges to help keep it in place.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

You will then pin the straps to the outer tube (with right sides still facing in). Pin each piece (or each end) about a half an inch from the seam. Make sure it is sticking out from the top a little to ensure its not too close to the seam.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

Now you will insert the inside tube with right sides facing out (right sides of the inner and outer pieces should be facing each other). Line up the seams, and pin together. Stitch around the circle, leaving a 2-3 inch gap (do reverse stitch at either end) to turn it right side out.DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

Turn the bag right side out, and push out the seams. Carefully iron around the top seam, pin down if needed, and top stitch to close the whole and keep the seam in place. If you are not adding a snap to your strap, you are almost finished. Skip ahead to find information about a plastic bag liner insert.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

Now you will add the snaps to the strap. Make sure the snaps are facing the right way so they line up with either end of the strap.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

**To make the liner insert to hold a plastic bag, use Pellon 70 Cut a piece about 9X16 (check the height of your finished bag and cut the liner about 1-2 inches lower. You may need to make adjustments to the circle), and sew the seam. Turn the tube around and insert into the trash bag. Now you can slide your plastic bags over the tube instead of covering the beautiful car trash bag you just made.

 

Make sure to pin this for later!

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | DIY Project | Car Trash Bag | Easy Sewing Project

 

If you liked this project, you may like my Plastic Bag Holder easy sewing project. Store all the plastic bags nicely and organized that you get from the market you can use to line this trash bin!

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