Monday, April 16, 2012

"Trunk for the Junk" Pattern & Tutorial

As I mentioned last week this new project, "Trunk for the Junk", features a tote that tidies up your car and leaves it junk free! It's a known fact that kids can have a destabilizing effect on a car. They can turn a well-groomed car into a disheveled mess within minutes on the road. A "Trunk for the Junk" has the ability to improve the order and organization of any vehicle. With two "Trunks for the Junk" situated behind the front seats, you could collect garbage in one and the other could be a receptacle for the toys that collect on the floor of a vehicle.


This tote is lined with clear vinyl fabric to make it easy to clean with a damp cloth. The outside fabric of the tote is 100% cotton duck found at Hancock Fabric and had been pretreated with a soil and stain repellant. {See links to fabric below.} The bag is interfaced with fusible fleece for added stability. I've seen a lot of variations of "kid organizers" for cars, but when my daughter-in-law requested I make one she wanted a simplified version. No pockets or tucks or froo-froo -- just a bag to shove junk into in a hurry! This tote is similar to others I've made with just a few variations.



Materials needed:

Front and back of bag: 2 - 12" x 12" squares of cotton duck or canvas fabric
Interfacing: 2 - 12" x 12" squares of fusible fleece
Lining: 2 - 12" x 12" squares of contrasting cotton duck or canvas fabric
Vinyl lining: 2 - 12" x 12" squares of thin clear vinyl fabric (very thin)
Strap: 2 - 2" x 20" pieces of cotton duck or canvas fabric to match front and back pieces
Cotton thread
3/8" seams unless otherwise noted
Finished measurements of bag:  9.5 inches tall x 7.5 inches wide x 4 inches deep with 19" straps

Note: Instead of using clear vinyl fabric over the lining of the bag as I did, you could simply use oilcloth or a laminated fabric for the lining. Laminated fabric, however, is about $19 a yard. Because I was making seven bags, I chose to go the less-expensive route and bought some cotton duck fabric on sale for $7/yard and some clear vinyl on sale for $1.30/yard. The clear vinyl fabric is optional.

Tutorial: 

1.) Before sewing: Cut out all pattern pieces. Apply fusible fleece (iron on) to wrong side of front and back fabric pieces.


2.) Straps: a.) Fold straps in half lengthwise. Press. b.) Fold unfinished edges toward center fold. Press and pin. c.) Topstitch strap 1/8" along both finished edges of strap. I left the ends unfinished. You should have two straps that are 1/2 inch x 20 inches in length. Press and set aside.


3.) Front and back: With right sides together, pin bag front to back. Stitch side and bottom seams together using a 3/8" seam, pivoting at the bottom corners as illustrated below.


4.) Gusset or "boxed corners": To make gussets put your hand inside the bag and fold the corner into a point where the bottom and side seams meet. An easy way to make sure seams are aligning is to push a pin through the middle of the top seam, continue pushing pin through all the layers of fabric. The pin should exit the fabric in the middle of the seam below. Pin. Measure down to where it is 4" across the width. The halfway point (2") should be in the middle of your seam. Use a pencil or disappearing ink marker to mark the stitching line.


Stitch across the marked line, back-stitching at the edges. Check the gusset to make sure you are happy with it, then trim away the excess fabric to avoid bulk and zig-zag the edge. Treat the other corner in the same way.


Turn the bag right side out, press and get ready to attach the straps!


5:) Attaching the straps: On the back side of the bag pin straps 2.5 inches from the side seams (see below). Baste or zig-zag the straps into place. Set bag aside.


6.) Lining: To make the lining we will make a delicious little fabric sandwich. Lay one piece of your cotton lining face up. Arrange both pieces of vinyl fabric on top of that piece of lining, matching sides. Then, place the second piece of fabric lining, right side down, on top of it all. Pin through all thicknesses.

 

Before sewing, measure 3.5 inches from both sides of lining and pin at that point (see photo above). Stitch sides and bottoms together, pivoting at the bottom corners and stopping at the 3.5 inch mark -- back-stitch at the end of your stitches.

7.) Lining gussets: Make gussets for lining as you did for the bag (see step #4). Make sure the vinyl is smooth between the lining fabric before you pin and sew. Check the gusset to make sure it is stitched correctly, then trim and zig-zag the seam. Leave bag wrong side out.

8:) Sewing the lining and bag together: Place bag into lining right sides together. Match seams and pin. Sew around top of bag. Turn bag right sides out by pulling the bag through the opening in the bottom of the lining.


9.) Finishing touches: When bag is right side out match the seams at the bottom of the lining. Pin seam and sew 1/8" from edge making sure lining and vinyl is tucked into the seam.


Top-stitch around the top of the bag about 3/8" from edge.


10.) To install: Lift the headrest in your car (see below) and tie straps around the posts...


Then, lower the headrest to hide the straps. You've got yourself a "Trunk for the Junk!"

   
Disclaimer: 
This product does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, 
expressed or suggested, guarantee your vehicle will be well-kept and free-of-clutter. 
We can only hope...
;o)


Because my creative juices are fueled by your wonderful comments, please leave one if you appreciate this tutorial! Thank you!

Linked to:
Mop it up Mondays @ I Should be Mopping the Floors
DIY Under $5 @ A Little Tipsy
Show & Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Sew Cute Tuesday @ Creative Itch
Feature Friday @ Blissful & Domestic
Handmade Tuesday @ Ladybug Blessing
Get Your Craft On @ Today's Creative Blog
Ta Da Tuesday @ Mommy by Day : Crafter by Night
Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Sassy Sites
Made Monday @ Toasties Studio

32 comments:

Lindsey said...

Wow, I love this! I will be making a few before our next car trip for sure!! Thank you for sharing another wonderful idea and tutorial :)

psucolleen said...

LOVE it! Since I don't have mail delivery at my house (which is a sore subject) and I have to go pick it up, I always find it gathering in the car. I think I'll make one of these for the passenger seat and just swing it around to the back when I have someone in the car with me.

thanks for the great tutorial!

vexa said...

Your tutorials are great and easy to follow. I love all of them.

Susi said...

Love it! Oh how I wish I was better a sewing.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great tutorial Suzanne - thank you! I now have to decide if the laminate I have should be used for this.

Suzanne said...

Mary - The laminate I used was the thinnest I could find. I hope that helps...

Dianna F said...

Thanks so much for the pattern. I'll be making lots of these for myself and my kids!

Meaghan said...

I love all your tutorials! I was looking forward to this one because my car is a disastrous mess. Now to search out some fun fabrics and find some time too!!

Carla Wade said...

as always-super cute and very descriptive. thanks so much!

Susan said...

I pinned this project to my sewing board on Pinterest because it's EXACTLY what I need and within a few hours, it was repinned over 90 times! I'd say your pattern is universally well liked. I hope it brings you lots of extra traffic!

The White Silk Purse (Dana) said...

Thank you, thank you, for another GREAT idea!

Sugarr2518 said...

Neat little storage comparment for the car:)

Danielle Wagasky said...

Perfect Storage for toys and littles things. love that it is lined in plastic. I'd love for you to link this up to my Feature Party.

http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/2012/04/feature-friday-linky-party_12.html#more

Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

Julie and Jill said...

Thank you for this. I love it! I'm going to keep it in the car at all times -- not just trips. There's always garbage that collects.

Krissy Sherman Bonning said...

I LOVE this! Especially how you lined it to make it easy to clean. GENIUS!

Sandy said...

You did it again!! This is such a great idea and I learned something new.. I had no idea you could buy vinyl fabric! I need to get me some of that :)

Muriel P said...

I so admire your creativity. Thank you for sharing it with us. This is just in time for the summer driving season and all the messes that come with it. Just lovely.

Annie-Savor This Moment said...

I love the size of the bag, especially since my kids are older and their "junk" usually is smaller toys or chapter books and i-pods. Thanks for the tutorial!

Rustic Kitsch said...

That is awesome you have a fab blog such gorgeous things!!
www.rustickitsch.blogspot.com

kr said...

love, love, love your creative ideas! I think you come up with some of the cutest things.

lefty.rollins said...

Thank you for sharing your creativity! (And your sense of humor--love that disclaimer you added!) I have a bunch of family birthdays coming up in May, so I think I'll be making a few of these. Thanks so much!

mom2amanda said...

Suzanne, thank you so much for sharing your ideas and your patterns. So generous...

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

I could so use some of these for our drive to Disney coming up. Too bad I can't sew :). Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays!

Polkadot-pretties said...

Love your project!!!
I currently have a Craft, Create and Inspire linky party going on, i would love you to stop by and link up this project...
http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/you-inspire-linky-party_21.html

Claire x

Tamika Rybinski said...

Love this, we are taking a roadtrip this summer, and these will be soo handy. Thanks for sharing. I totally need to make these. I am pinning this as well!

Tamika @ www.notimefortea.com

JoAnne Rupp said...

Just discovered your blog. I want to make one of everything. THANKS for your generosity in sharing these terrific ideas and instructions.

foodmathquilts said...

Love it! I don;t have kids, but I'm a teacher and I eat either breakfast or dinner in the car more often that I should.

I NEED one of these! I also have some fabric scraps of the right size - oil cloth from an upholstery store - they were selling fat-quarter sized pieces from their sample book for about $0.50 each!

Sarah

ruthshelton10@att.net said...

Thank you for posting. I have been making these for several months now. For Friends, family, Myself. Never thought of using vinyl. That is a good idea. Do you have any problems sewing it? I just have a basic machine and I have problems going throught stabilizers especailly anything plastic like.

gardenquilter said...

Thank you very much for this extremely helpful tutorial. I do occasionally have grandchildren in my car and this will be so easy for them to benefit by. I'm looking forward to making a few of these for my children's cars too. Anything that helps teach children how to be tidier is wonderful!
Thanks again. :)

Bev said...

Great idea and wonderful directions. I'm going to make several for gifts.

RoseMary Baty-Willcox said...

This is great for anything in the car. Want to make one for my newest grandson. Thank You for sharing.

Sheila Perl said...

I just discovered your site and I am so thrilled with your great projects! I plan on making 2 of these bags, 1 for me and one for my daughter's car, hopefully she will stash all my grandson's "stuff" in the bag instead of on the floor!!! :)
It is such a great idea to line this bag with vinyl for easy clean up!!