Like so many other people I have found countless projects on pinterest that I have added to my “to do list”. However, when I saw this one it went straight to the top. The directions that I based my project on came from Just Sew Sassy, and was very cute with excellent directions. Hers is on a seat back and I wanted one to go between the back seats so I made some changes. The great thing about this project is that it can easily be changes to fit in any free space in your car.
I started out by measuring my available space in the back seat and cut my pieces the following sizes:
Main piece: cut 2 - 16″x22″
Fusible interfacing: cut 1 – 16″x22″
Pockets: cut 3 - 17″x13″
Cut 1 – 18 1/2″x13″
Binding: cut enough 2″ strips to go all the way around plus about 3 feet extra for ties and bow.
Fold pocket pieces in half so they measure 17″x6″ and 18 1/2″x6″, press so a crisp crease is formed. This is the top edge of your pocket.
Sandwich the fusible interfacing between the main body pieces with wrong sides together and interfacing in the middle. Press with hot iron to fuse.
Place the first pocket about 3 inches from the top of the main piece. Sew the bottom of the pocket all the way across. The pocket will overhang about 1/2 inch on each side, so take the extra at the top and make it even with the main body piece. Pin like in step one and sew the edge seam. Trim the extra fabric off, like in step 2.
I also decided at this point to sew an extra seam down the middle of the pocket because it is so wide and because my son and daughter are sharing this.
Repeat this for the next two pockets working your way down, just remember if you make any extra seams you will be sewing on top of the other pockets, so keep the seams on top of each other.
For the bottom pocket I wanted extra width to hold the kids headphones, that always seemed to be on the floor of the car. I laid the bottom pocket, that is cut extra wide, along the bottom edge of the body piece. Pin the outside edges flush and work the extra fabric to the center of the pocket, pinch it together, then push it flat. This is sort of an inverted pleat. Put a pin through the pleat and sew the bottom and side seams.
Flatten the pocket out, separating the pleat, so you are only sewing through one layer of fabric. Pin so it doesn’t shift and sew up the middle of the pocket making two perfect headphone holders. Again, if you don’t have headphones, just make your pocket the same with of the body.
Time to make the binding. Start by sewing all of your strips together as shown above. Lay pieces together at a 90 degree angle and sew across the corner. Trim off the excess. Move to the ironing board, fold in half pressing as you go, along the entire length of the binding. When you are done with this, open the binding up fold top and bottom edges up to meet the crease in the middle and press again. Fold in half again, and press, to make the 1/2 inch binding strip.
Place binding around the outside edge of the body, enclosing the raw edges, try to get the binding on as even as possible so the same amount of fabric is on the front and back of the piece, this will make it much easier to topstitch. Pin all the way around, working the fabric at the corners until they make a nice crisp point. I like to start at the bottom so my start/stop point is not as noticeable. When you get to the end trim with about an extra inch, tuck it under to make a clean edge and overlap just a little to cover the start of the binding. Topstitch all the way around, checking every few inches to make sure you are catching the fabric on the front and back.
My organizer is going between my two older kids in the back seat so I will be tying it to one headrest on each side. To make the ties I cut a 12 inch strip of the topstitched binding, folded it in half and tacked it in the top corner of the organizer. Be sure to get it stitched on there good, this will hold all the weight of the organizer, and you don’t want it to rip.
I wanted to dress mine up just a little so I made a bow and hand stitched it in the corner. (On my daughters side, by the way.)
And that is it. All done, ready to put in the car!!
Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask.
Thanks for reading,