Monday, 17 August 2009

Car Trash bag

So I have two little children and though I love them dearly I have to admit that they LOVE to make messes. One of the places my children cant help making a mess at is in the car. They dont know what to do with their trash once they are finished with it. So this morning I decided to make them each their own little trash bag for the car. Hopefully it will help them to keep their bits of the car clean. Here is a tutorial on what I did. Let me know if you like it or if you think you could do something to improve on it.

Also I love to use scrap bits from around the house. So the fabric for these comes from my daughters new pants. They were way to long so I cut them and hem them up. The rest of the leg is now trash bags.

The best part about this bag to me is that it is lined and so the material wont get dirty and I can always flip it inside out and give it a wipe if necessary.
Items Needed:

  • Ribbon
  • Empty Old Shopping Bag
  • Bottom of old (or new in my case) pairs of pants. The size depends on how big you want the bag so I will leave that up to you.
  • Sewing Machine
Step 1: First I cut the front and back of the pants off and into matching size rectangles. I left the bottom hem on the pants.

Step 2: Cut the shopping bag the same size as each piece of material. You will need two pieces. One shopping bag was more than enough for me.

Here is what I mean about cutting them the same size.

Step 3: Pin the shopping bag rectangles to the rectangles on the Pants. The shopping bag is the inside of the trash bag so you want to pin it to the wrong side of the material.

Step 4: Sew the shopping bag to each piece of material. It should go through the sewing machine supper easy. Mine did. When you pin it pin it tight it will make it easier to get things in and out of the finished trash bag.

Step 5: I then sewed interfacing to the top of my bag. I used the side with the hem from the pants as the top. I wanted it to be thicker so that the opening stays open most the time. Hopefully the picture above shows what I did. The one on the left is the side pinned down with the interfacing it in already and the right is when I was getting ready to pin it down and then sew it.

Step 6: Once the interfacing is sewed in you will need to sew on ribbon for it to hang in the car. You only do this to one of the pieces of material because you only want the handle on one side.

Step 7: Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this. You will next pin the two sides together. ready for sewing.

Step 8: I also pinned some ribbon on the inside to cover up any stitches I had made and sewed it on one end. Hopefully the above picture shows this well enough.

Step 9: Once the bag is all sewed up on all sides turn it inside out.

Step 10: Hang inside the car and hope that the kids use them.

I hope that this makes sense if anyone has any questions email me on If you make one email me pictures I would love to see how yours turns out!


Cram Family said...

way cute!! great idea!!

Simply Delightful said...

This is a great idea, I think it would be a great Christmas present to!

Mrs. D Lightful said...

What a cute idea! I love it! We did jelly bean bracelets too for Easter, so fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Do you mind if I feature some of your ideas?

Lacey said...

I'm totally going to have try this, but mine might have to be a bit bigger.

Chica and Jo said...

We made a similar trash bag for the car but added velcro to the bottom to make it easier to empty. Check it out:

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