Monday, 26 January 2015

Happy Australia Day and Monday Makers!#23

Happy Australia Day!
It is my first Australia Day after becoming a citizen. No difference to how I feel about this awesome country; I have always loved it very much.
It is public holiday today and hubby is home. The weather is cloudy and cool so I will be hitting outdoors soon to help hubby in the yard. First, my finished project from last week's Monday Makers!; a car organiser.
I take the risk and publish a before photo (after cleaning the floor a little bit!).
As you see, lots of stuff on the floor; we can never find the things when we need them. So, here is what I have made to solve this problem:
I changed the fabrics I have chosen previously. I decided that I needed something which is more sturdy and not as soft as quilting fabric. I bought the lovely apple burlap fabric ages ago and the base fabric was also already available. They both have a nice thickness and durability which I needed for this project.
I was planning to make straps to tie/hang the organiser around the head rest. To be honest, I really didn't want to spend time on making those and decided to make button holes to where the headrest is placed. So, it is now sandwiched in between the top of the seat and the headrest. This also makes the organiser hang neatly.
So, for this project, I measured from top to bottom; from where I wanted the organiser to hang and to finish, and side to side. Folded the base fabric in half for extra thickness and cut it, sewed three sides, turned inside out, stitched closed the open end. Then I measured the hight of one of Kuzey's books and cut my apple fabric with an extra half inch for turning under for neat sides. Sewed it to the base fabric on three sides, leaving the top open to create a pocket. I also sewed some elastic band to the top to make things stay inside, if you know what I mean. Then, I eyeballed the depth of the other two pockets and cut my fabric. Repeated the same steps. I stitched the second pocket in the middle to create two pockets and the did the same for the top pocket to create three separate pockets. I attached elastic band to the bottom to go over and around the seat. This keeps the bottom of the organiser attached to the seat; therefore it is not hanging loose.
And this is how it looks after I stuffed the pockets:
I think I will sew another piece of elastic band in the middle of the organiser to go over and around the seat to prevent the sides to turn inwards with the weight of the things inside the pockets. I took this photo quickly; it doesn't look that great but actually it looks very neat and there is nothing on the floor, which is the most important thing! ( I might update the photo later.)
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  1. What a great organizer! Adding the elastic to the bottom pocket and to attach the seat around the bottom were great ideas. I also *love* your button hole technique for the top - genius and quick!

  2. The organizer is perfect. Now to Train the kid to put all things in it :)

  3. Another reason I wish the internet had been around when my kids were little - the organizers we had available at the time, were all ugly black canvas ones. We didn't have the inspiration available online to even THINK to make them ourseves! Yours is very pretty - and very practical - I love that apple print :)

  4. I need to make one of these for my daughter, her car looks like a toy box. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Oooh I really need to make one of these! I bought supplies to make a hanging trash-bag holder for our car, since our car seriously looks like a landfill some days (a 2 and 5 yr old will do that), but I haven't had a free moment between my other sewing projects to actually plan and make it. Maybe someday soon! Thanks for the inspiration

  6. This is so awesome!! This is totally going on my to-make list, my car needs this.


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