DIY Car Trash Can Sewing Tutorial

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Today we are going to help out all the parents (myself included) with this DIY Car Trash Can Sewing Tutorial! One thing you probably didn’t know when you became a parent was that your car would immediately become a catch-all for all your kids stuff, crumbs, and trash. I wish I had thought of this sooner, as it is going to take a miracle to get some of these stains out of my car. But, kids are worth it, and moving forward at least they will use this car trash can instead of the floor and the cupholders. This is a simple sewing project. It is great for beginners and advanced sewists and can be done in about

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This easy sewing tutorial is great for any skill level and only takes about half an hour from start to finish. You can pick some subtle fabric or go all on a cute pattern fabric as I did here.

DIY Car Trash Can Sewing Tutorial

What You’ll Need:

DIY Car Trash Can Sewing Tutorial

Start this DIY car trash can sewing tutorial by fusing the fleece to the backside of the 10″ outer fabrics. You do this with the iron on medium heat. I like to use a pressing cloth to lay over it. You only need to iron it for about 30-40 seconds to fuse it in place.

Next, lay the two pieces of outer fabric on top of each other with the right sides touching. Pin or clip them together along the edges.

Now on this DIY car trash can tutorial, it’s time to sew! Sew them together along the top, bottom, and sides using about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Make sure you leave the top of the DIY car trash can open for turning. Be sure to do a backstitch at the start and finish.

At the bottom corners that are stitched together, pinch them together so the seams are flat against each other. Use the ruler to mark about an inch and a half from the end and pin in place. This will form a boxed edge for our diy car trash can. Do this on the other corner as well.

Now, simply sew across the corner where the pin is. Be sure to do a backstitch at the start and finish. Repeat on the other corner.

When you are finished, it should look like this. Now that we have boxed the corners of the outer fabric, let’s make the handle for our diy car trash can.

To make the strap for the handle, fold the long 3″ x 15″ piece of fabric in half lengthwise to make a crease in the center. Then unfold it. Now fold each side into the center so that it touches that crease and just touches the other edge.

Then fold in half again so those two flaps are on top of each other and pin or clip in place.

Sew down each of the long sides of that folded piece making sure to do a backstitch at the start and finish.

You want to sew as close to the edge as you can. I did it with about a 3/16 seam allowance.

Turn the bag/can right side out.

Find the center of one of the sides of the bag without the seam. Then pin the strap ends to the bag. You want the raw edges to be lined up. You will sew the straps on in a step near the end of this DIY Car Trash Can Sewing Tutorial.

To make the liner for your trash can, lay the pieces of liner fabric together right sides touching if you are using a print. Clip and pin it on two sides as well as the bottom. The bottom needs to have about a 3-inch opening left that is not stitched.

Sew the diy car trash can liner pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Remember to leave about 3 inches open at the bottom section for turning.

Now we will box the corner of the liner fabric like we did the the outer. Pin and sew the bottom corners for the liner just like before, an inch and a half from the tip of the point.

Now insert the right side out outer fabric into the inside out liner. Make sure the side seams are lined up with each other. Pin and clip in place around the top raw edges.

Now it’s time to sew out diy car trash can together. Sew the pieces together around the top using about 1/4 inch seam allowance, doing a backstitch at the start and finish. When you get to the area where the strap is, be sure to sew over them a few times, do a backstitch, and then sew over them again.

Now through that opening you left in the liner fabric, pull the outer bag through that opening so that it turns the liner right side out.

To close that opening, fold the raw edges in slightly and sew along the edge as close as you can. Do a backstitch at the start and finish.

Finally, in the last step in this DIY Car Trash Can Sewing Tutorial, tuck the liner inside the outer bag. Smooth the edge and pin or clip in place to hold them together while you sew. Sew all the way around the edge using about 1/4 inch allowance. Do a backstitch at the start and finish. Make sure the strap is out of the way when you get to that area.

And that’s it! Now you have a cute DIY Car Trash Can! Now you won’t have to throw trash in the floor. Hopefully your kids will be on board with using this as well!

How To Sew A Car Trash Can


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DIY Car Trash Can Sewing Tutorial

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This easy to sew DIY Car Trash Can is the perfect solution to keep your vehicle tidy.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Moderate
Estimated Cost $10.00

Instructions

  1. Start by fusing the fleece to the backside of the outer fabric.
  2. Now lay the two pieces on top of each other with the right sides touching. Pin or clip it in place along the edges.
  3. Sew them together using about a 1/4 inch seam allowance. You want to sew 3 sides and leave the last side open. Be sure to do a backstitch at the start and finish.
  4. At the bottom corners that are stitched together, pinch them together so the seams are flat touching each other.
  5. Use the ruler to mark about an inch and a half from the end and pin in place. Do this on the other corner as well.
  6. Sew across where the pin is. Be sure to do a backstitch at the start and finish. Repeat on the other corner.
  7. To make the strap, fold the long piece of fabric in half lengthwise to make a crease in the center. Then unfold it.
  8. Now fold each side into the center so that it touches that crease and just touches the other edge.
  9. Then fold in half again so those two flaps are on top of each other and pin or clip in place.
  10. Sew down each of the long sides of that folded piece making sure to do a backstitch at the start and finish.Turn the bag/can right side out.
  11. Find the center of one of the sides of the bag without the seam. Then pin the strap ends to the bag. You want the raw edges to be lined up.
  12. To make the liner lay the pieces of fabric together right sides touching if you are using a print.
  13. Clip and pin it on two sides as well as the bottom. The bottom needs to have about a 3-inch opening left that is not stitched.
  14. Sew the liner pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Remember to leave about 3 inches open at the bottom section.
  15. Pin and sew the bottom corners for the liner just as you did with the outer fabric.
  16. Now insert the right side out outer bag into the inside out liner bag. Make sure the side seams are lined up with each other.
  17. Pin and clip in place around the top raw edges.
  18. Sew the pieces together around the top using about 1/4 inch seam allowance doing a backstitch at the start and finish.
  19. When you get to the area where the strap is, be sure to go over them a few times by sewing then doing a backstitch, and then sewing again.
  20. Now through that opening you left in the liner fabric, pull the outer bag through that opening so that it turns the liner right side out.
  21. To close that opening, fold the raw edges in slightly and sew along the edge as close as you can. Do a backstitch at the start and finish.
  22. Tuck the liner inside the outer bag. Then smooth the edge and pin and clip in place to hold them together while you sew.
  23. Sew all the way around the edge using about 1/4 inch allowance. Do a backstitch at the start and finish. Make sure the strap is out of the way when you get to that area.
  24. Enjoy your DIY Car Trash Can.

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