Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tutorial for my car trash bags



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Green Goose Car Trash Bags
Tutorial 
by Stephanie Hughes

Please don't use this design to
manufacture bags for resale! 


Fabrics you will need:
1.  The main part of t  he bag can be anything you want!  In this bag I used a wild print but you can quilt or do anything you like in this part, be creative!  
 * cut 1 of front fabric  22" x 13"
 * cut 1 of lining fabric  22" x 13"

2.  Binding:  mine is pink!  
 * cut 1 -  22" x 3.5"  

3.  Handle: mine is the same print here but you can use anything! 
  * cut 1 -  22" x 2.5" 

You will also need:
1.  Peltex 70 (Pellon) - Full width of Pellon (20 inches) x 8 inches tall
2.  Optional button for decoration 


Step 1:  

Fold the main fabric you selected in half lengthwise with right sides together.  Sew the center back seam as shown in the picture (sew all seams in this project at 5/8", secure with a zig-zag stitch, trimming all seams).  Repeat same step with lining.  You will make two separate bags, one out of fabric and one out of lining. You cut the lining slightly smaller than the main fabric so it will be slightly shorter in the width and fit easily inside the main fabric once completed.


Step 2:  

Fold the bag in half and sew the bottom of the bag's seam, centering the side seam as in the picture below.  Do the same of the lining.


Trim all your seams after securing them with a zig zag stitch.


Step 3:  

Open the bottom of the bag and pull the corners out. Press seams away from bulky center seam.  


Step 4:  

Mark 1.5" down from the corner as in picture below and mark of the corner, this is where you are going to sew.  Mark all corners, both on your bag and your lining.  


Step 5: 

Sew both corners and then trim.  Do the same with the fabric and the lining fabric.  Be careful not to see the corners down onto the bag.  


Step 6:  

Open the bags, both the main fabric and the lining.  Turn the main fabric right side out and iron it to get the wrinkles out.   Keep the lining with the wrong sides out and iron the lining to get the wrinkles out.     


Step 7:  

Now the bags are ready to put together.  There should be no seams showing when the bags are together.


Step 8:

Sew binding end placing right sides together, creating a circle.  After sewing the seam, open up and fold in half with wrong sides together.


Step 9:  

Sew the binding to the top of the bag about 1" below the top of the bag, with the seams all facing up towards to the top of the bag.  You will be folding the binding over the seams on top to the inside of the bag, onto the lining.  


Step 10:  

Pin the binding to the inside of the bag, onto the lining. Hand whip stitch in place or sew on the machine being careful to sew with thread that will match the front side because the stitching will be seen.


Step 11:  

Sew the handle by folding it in half length wise and securing the ends.  Pin the handle to the inside of the back of the bag at the top. Sew the button on. 


Step 12: 

Use Pellon to create a stiff holder for the plastic bag you will be using in the bag. 


Step 13:  

Cut the Pellon to be slightly smaller than your bag.  
 * If you used my measurements, cut the Pellon 8" tall, use the full width of the Pellon.



Step 14:  

Place the cut Pellon into your bag overlapping the extra width.  Mark with a pencil where to sew the overlapped pellon.  While keeping the pellon overlapped, making sure your marks are correct and sew the overlapped pellon on your machine.  Place the tube over the arm of the machine and sew the center first, then the close side.  Rotate the pellon around to the side not sewn yet. 


Step 15:  Place the Pellon into the bag and secure it to the bag by hand sewing it low, leaving room for a bag to fold over the Pellon inside the bag.


Sewing the pellon to the bag low enough that the plastic bag will be able to tuck down behind the it.  


As you can see by this picture, the Pellon is attached to the bag, low in the back middle only.  This gives you plenty of room for the bag to fit over the Pellon.


the back of the bag

That's it!  It is simple to use and fun to give as gifts!  

Finally, this is how it looks with a plastic bag inside for your trash.  Now your car with be clean!  No more car trash!  I use doggie poop bags, veggie grocery store bags inside my trash can.  Any skinny bag, recycled will do!  Enjoy!


86 comments:

Jackie said...

A very stylish way to dispose of your trash! Love the zebra print!

Barb said...

Wonderful tutorial....

KaHolly said...

That's got to be the most clever design I've seen in a long time!! Necessity is definitely the mother of invention!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What a fantastic idea...I think I will have to make one of these....thanks for the tutorial Steph...

Muddling Through said...

What a gorgeous bag, and a great tutorial! It looks a lot better than the ice cream bucket that I'm using in my van, too. LOL

RoxVann said...

Love the idea. How about making some and selling on etsy. I have NO sewing ability but LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

Roxanne
roxannevann@yahoo.com

Chris said...

Cute bag and easy to follow tutorial. I think I might have to make one now! :)

Joanessa's Heart Strings said...

I have a new car begging for this bag. Great job, thanks!

Joanessa's Heart Strings said...

I have a new car begging for this bag. Great job, thanks!

Amara Mourige said...

Olá, amei vou fazer um para por no carro da minha filha!!
Um abraço

Laura said...

just made me one but used the clear plastic canvas to make the holder for the trash back. made the liner into a box shape like the bag is shaped. will put it in my car tomorrow to see how it works. thanks for the tutorial, made it really easy with my computer by my machine as i did each step.

ErinHeflin said...

You should sell these pre-made on Etsy!! They would sell like crazy! :-)

fiftyfinally said...

thks for the tutorial...i have some of that same fabric so its going on the todo list

neta said...

Thanks for posting these instructions. Tonight my niece and I got together and had a 'Craft Night'. We each sewed a trash bag to put in our cars and they turned out super cute.

I wanted to post a picture for you to see but couldn't figure out how to do that. If you are interested you can check out my blog. http://damckains.blogspot.com/

Thanks again!
Annetta
Wichita, KS

Ashley Vaerst said...

Just made one of these tonight for a friend. Under and hour. Super simple and super cute. Thanks!

Judith E.Hendrix said...

Good blog! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I'm wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I've subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!
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Jolandi said...

That's very cute. It's very practical to have a trash bag for the car, since it helps keep things clean and organized inside. It's a nice touch to give the bag a bit of decor so that it wouldn't look like a boring trash bag.

-Jolandi Kerstetter

Tricia said...

Stephanie: I just love this pattern, and your blog. I feel like I've made a new friend, especially when I read that you are a NICU nurse. I'm an old PICU nurse; worked in teaching hospitals. Johns Hopkins??? Jealous!

Helen said...

Thanks for this super tutorial! No more looking for a plastic bag on the car floor!

Joy22 said...

From one Columbia resident to another..........love your car trash bag......cute!!!

Melksham Mum said...

Saw this on Pinterest today and have already made one! Thanks for the clear tutorial. I'm a novice at sewing and managed it! x

Mitzi Green said...

this is awesomesauce and i am making one tomorrow for my "new" baby--a 98 civic FIVE SPEED!!!! go, sticks!!!!

Mrs. Powers (806) said...

I am not a sewer, but I need this! Would you be willing to sell one to me? No joke. Send me an email if you're interested. You could definitely make money with this. powers806@gmail.com

Barbara B. Nixon said...

Thank you for your easy-to-follow directions. I made one of these car trash bags this morning, and posted a photo on my blog: http://barbaranixon.posterous.com/trash-bag-for-my-saab-in-auburn-colors

Coley said...

Would you be willing to sell one of these? Possibly on etsy or just as the need comes? I would definitely be interested!!

Nicole
nicolespath@gmail.com

Cindy said...

Thanks for the great tutorial.

Cindy said...

Thanks for the great tutorial.

Stacy P said...

I would buy one of these from you if you would be willing to make it. I cannot sew! Let me know!
Thanks
Stacy
stacypend@gmail.com

Stacy P said...

I would buy one of these from you if you would be willing to make it. I cannot sew! Let me know!
Thanks
Stacy
stacypend@gmail.com

Stacy P said...

I would buy one of these from you if you would be willing to make it. I cannot sew! Let me know!
Thanks
Stacy
stacypend@gmail.com

Stacy P said...

I would buy one of these from you if you would be willing to make it. I cannot sew! Let me know!
Thanks
Stacy
stacypend@gmail.com

Stacy P said...

I would buy one of these from you if you would be willing to make it. I cannot sew! Let me know!
Thanks
Stacy
stacypend@gmail.com

Stacy P said...

I would buy one of these from you if you would be willing to make it. I cannot sew! Let me know!
Thanks
Stacy
stacypend@gmail.com

fusionmom said...

I love this idea. I am going to make this tonight. Thank you for a fantastic idea.

ytsmom said...

Love this idea, and will be making one for my car. Thanks for the tutorial.

Laurence said...

Nice one! Not only that the bag is handy on the road, it looks pretty good to boot. That should make the car a more peaceful and clutter-free place (especially when there's kids on board).

-Laurence Modithre

cara said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! It was so clear and easy to follow - my garbage bag turned out great, and will be a big help in the car! :-)

Lexie said...

Thank you for this great idea/mind work at making this pattern! I have made one your size and i'm doubling it for a 'back seat' fancy trash bag. It works so well!

- LW

Katt said...

Wish I'd seen this tutorial before I started making one... oh, well. (:

Here's my version.
http://litterboxcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/06/prettiest-way-to-throw-stuff-away.html

Thanks for the GREAT idea!

Linda K said...

don't know why I didn't think of this, I make all kinds of other bags etc. Thanks for giving me the idea to make one for my self. I may tweek it a bit to use in my car..

Sue Griffiths said...

Thanks for this, I love it, I sew everything for myself and this is just another brilliant idea for me to make. thanks for sharing, much appreciated!!! X

RobbieJoy said...

This is so awesome that I'll be doing several of them. For my 3 Sisters in law, one of my Brothers in law, my Aunt, my Mom, and my awesome Mother in law. All for Christmas. Now I have to find manly things to make for my brothers and my other 5 Brothers in law. I think I'll user my serger for the first few parts of the bag. What an awesome idea and a great tutorial!

RobbieJoy said...

This is so awesome that I'll be doing several of them. For my 3 Sisters in law, one of my Brothers in law, my Aunt, my Mom, and my awesome Mother in law. All for Christmas. Now I have to find manly things to make for my brothers and my other 5 Brothers in law. I think I'll user my serger for the first few parts of the bag. What an awesome idea and a great tutorial!

Cindy Dowdle-Schoen said...

Hi, I'm a new follower! I would also like to say thank you for the tutorial, I saw this on Pinterest, came to your blog and it's exactly what I've been needing for my car.

Cindy

Cindy Dowdle-Schoen said...

Hi, I'm a new follower! I would also like to say thank you for the tutorial, I saw this on Pinterest, came to your blog and it's exactly what I've been needing for my car.

Cindy

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Love it! Mark Lipinski shared your link on his FB fan page today - I'm so glad he did...love your blog!

21609a9c-cf3f-11e1-9c91-000f20980440 said...

I am with the ladies who would LOVE to buy one or several of these as gifts. Are you willing to make and sell? Please let me know if this is available anywhere. What a great idea!
Stacie
adowling4@aol.com

21609a9c-cf3f-11e1-9c91-000f20980440 said...

I am with the ladies who would LOVE to buy one or several of these as gifts. Are you willing to make and sell? Please let me know if this is available anywhere. What a great idea!
Stacie
adowling4@aol.com

Teresa Schmitz said...

I also do not sew, unfortunately but like the others would love to purchase one for me and two as gifts. Please email me with a price if you'd be willing to make them. I love the zebra print with hit pink you have pictured.
Thank you!
Teresa Schmitz
Tschmitz98@yahoo.com

Teresa Schmitz said...

I also do not sew, unfortunately but like the others would love to purchase one for me and two as gifts. Please email me with a price if you'd be willing to make them. I love the zebra print with hit pink you have pictured.
Thank you!
Teresa Schmitz
Tschmitz98@yahoo.com

K-Sue said...

That's what I need. Thank you!

Ramona said...

Yes, I found this on Pinterest too! Love this. Simple straightforward construction and tucking plastic bag into Pellon is so clever! Great job.

Jennifer Ellis said...

I've made 2 already! They are turning out great. These were actually my very first sewing project :)

gbrial said...

Thank's a lot for that tutorial. I've just made one for my car, and I added a link to your tutorial on my blog : sewingpot.blogspot.com. I just love it. Thanks again !!!

Lilia Raposo said...

Greetings from Brazil!
I have seen a lot of car trash patterns, but yours (and style) is the best one.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing with all of us.
Best wishes and a lot of success,
Lilia.

Donna said...

Love this idea! I love my car but I always find I'm tossing trash over my shoulder...would love to make one of these but don't have a typical sewing machine. I've had a hand-held machine for years but have never tried to use it. Would that work for this? Thanks!

Leisa said...

I bet this is a hit in your Etsy shop. Having a trash bag in your car is a good idea, especially when it's this cute. What made you come up with the idea? :)


-Leisa Dreps

L&S Lambert Designs said...

What a GREAT idea!!!! I can't wait to start making these as Xmas gifts!! That said, I have a couple of questions...

1. Have you ever tried putting the pellon between the lining & the "shell"?
2. If doing #, have you tried sewing in a clear plastic or vinyl lining, so there's need for the bag?

Thanks for sharing this SUPER idea & pattern!
~ Stephanie

BTW, GREAT NAME! :)

Heather said...

What a neat idea~ Who knew a trashbag could be so cute? lol..thanks for the instructions :)

Zumi Embiado said...

Wow! That trash bag was so cute and I like it. The idea of making this useful post was really appreciable. I am very glad that I came across here. I will try this at home. Thank you

aline said...

thanks , i need to make one for my girls , but what #or weight pellon did you use? instructions were very easy, thanks for posting

Miss Mike said...

I have made at least 6 of these in the last couple months as gifts. Everyone just loves them! Your tutorial is perfect. Clear instructions and photos to go with it.

Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

Miss Mike said...

I have made at least 6 of these in the last couple months as gifts. Everyone just loves them! Your tutorial is perfect. Clear instructions and photos to go with it.

Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

Ashley Manchester said...

I love this idea, i Made a few for xmas gifts. I added quilting pellon on exterior fabric, and on handle to make it more sturdy. They came out great. Very simple instructions. Thanks for the great idea.

Fern Ridge Sports said...

Can't wait to make one or two for my car, with so many kids and fast food stops, Im forever picking up straw wrappers and lids from the floor!

Dawn Abbott said...

great making and impressive..
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Dawn Abbott said...

great making and impressive ..
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Spicegirl100 said...

Made this but hung it through the middle arm rest and it sits in the backseat floorboard. A fun project, thanks!

Casey Smith said...

This was my first project using my new sewing machine. I had a bit of trouble at some parts as it wasnt entirely clear, maybe thats just because I'm new. But I'm going to start on a bunch more for family this weekend!

Ompelusoppi said...

What a great idea and tutorial! I had to sew one right away. BUT I do have one concern about safety. By putting a trash bag around the gear stick could cause an accident. For example, a friend sitting next to you can accidentally pull the trash bag and gear goes to N. Otherwise, this is a great idea and I'm going to use it back of the front seat.

Pam said...

2 yards of material yield 3 of these cuties. Gave them as gifts and got requests for more. I found you can hot glue the Pellon. So much easier than sewing.

Pam said...

2 yards of material yield 3 of these cuties. Gave them as gifts and got requests for more. I found you can hot glue the Pellon. So much easier than sewing.

Sandy @ Journey To Our Home said...

This is such a cute and easy idea! It makes me want to get back into sewing. I have a 5 & 7 year old and I think I need to make these to attach to THEIR seats in our van so they stop putting trash on the floor!! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Katie Frazell said...

Thank you for this! I was having sewing depression since the last few projects I have tried were a bust. But I made this bag in a few hours and it turned out great. Your pictures and instructions were generous, thank you! I am going to make another one for my "sewing scraps" and hang it on my chair.

Jessie Lundquist said...

This is an awesome idea!!! But I do have a question, I was wondering if you would be offended if I were to make up a bunch to sell to benefit Multiple Myeloma Research?
My brother was diagnosed with this blood cancer about 3 years ago, & my family was shaken up, but he fought hard through chemo & a stem cell transplant & has now been in remission for a little over 2 years!!!
This has sparked my mother and I to become quite involved with the fundraising efforts to benefit Multiple Myeloma Research! We are doing a craft fair this May and I'd love to make these up to sell with your permission!!! Thanks BUNCHES!

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Heather said...

What an awesome post! I found it on Pinterest and have added it to my "To Do in 2013" board! I've also shared it on my blog. http://www.geminiredcreations.com/oh-pinterest-how-i-heart-thee/

Manda Simmons said...

Thanks for the easy to follow instructions! Just finished mine and I love it!!!

sumathi kalpana said...


I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

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Melanie Miller said...

Thanks for this tutorial! I had exactly what I needed to make my own!

Melanie Miller said...

Thanks for this tutorial! It had just what I needed to make my own!

Celine ROULAND said...

Hello, than you so much for this tutorial, I've just made mine and I love it !

You can see it on my blog :

http://pooksfamily.over-blog.com/2014/01/poubelle-de-voiture-ou-vide-poches.html

Bye

Meilina Widawati said...

just made one! I use boning inside the upper seam, it helps to keep the fabric bin look neat and stiff.

Kim said...

Thank you so much Stephanie!! I followed your instructions (the photos were super helpful) and the bag is beautiful! I'm not so handy with a needle, but your tutorial made it so easy. It was so very kind of you to share. I think I might just keep sewing and make one for the back seat too :)

em's scrapbag said...

I love this idea and would love to feature it on my blog's(http://emsscrapbag.blogspot.com/) What a Great Idea. Would that be okay with you. I would need a picture. I will link back to you for the tutorial. Thanks!

Natalia Hernandez said...

Stephanie,
thank you SO MUCH for your very clear tutorial; I managed to make the bag, thank you so much!!!

Natalia
Mexico City, Mexico

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