Books, Barbies, G.I. Joes, sippy cups…..all over my backseat.
3 kids in the back = a lot of random stuff.
This tutorial will teach you how to make this:
Naked Barbie and crooked dvd player optional!
- Main fabric for back piece (need enough for length and width of seat…maybe x 2 if you want to make two!)
- Coordinating fabric for pocket pieces (I used about 1/2 yard….I would get about 3/4 to be on the safe side)
- 1/2″ elastic (enough to go around the base of your front passenger seat)
- Medium weight single-sided fusible interfacing
- Coordinating thread
- A lot of junk in your back seat!
1. Measure the front seat of whatever side you wish to put this organizer. I ended up making two (one for the back of each front seat) using the same measurements. Notice for the length: You want to measure it so it hangs over the seat!!! This is because you will be making buttonholes later and inserting the headrest through the buttonholes!!! Make sure you make it long enough to do this!
AFTER you get your measurements, add 1 inch to each dimension for your seam allowance. Example: my seat measured 28×18 inches, so I cut a 29×19 inch main back piece (orange in picture).
2. Make sure to add the 1 inch to each dimension and cut your main back piece according to your measurements.
3. Serge ends (or double fold) and stitch back piece so you have your finished dimensions to work with.
4. Using paper, cut out pockets to the size you want them and lay them out to see how they fit. This is easier than cutting up your fabric only to realize you wanted the pocket to be bigger or smaller….wasting fabric! I wanted some pockets big enough to hold books, one for a sippy cup or water bottle, one to hold diapers and wipes, etc. Think about what you will be putting in the different pockets and then cut your paper for those uses!
5. One you decide your paper pockets look good, use them as a pattern to cut out your pockets out of your pocket fabric. NOTE: make sure to add 1 inch to each of your dimensions!!!! This will be needed for your seam allowance later!
6. Cut fusible interfacing to match the pocket sizes you cut out (or just get close…doesn’t have to be perfect). Then, iron interfacing onto the WRONG side of each pocket piece. The pic below shows two pockets. Make sure to iron interfacing to the WRONG side….obvs!
7. Serge all sides of your pockets if you have a serger and fold under the top side. If not, you will want to double fold all sides under and iron. Then, stitch the top side of all your pockets….you are NOT stitching to the back piece yet!!!! I did a zig-zag stitch to add a little fun to the pocket, but you can do a straight stitch…whatever you want.
8. Lay out all your pocket pieces on the main back fabric, making sure they are the size you want them to be. You may want to make some adjustments to your pockets…..NOW would be the time! Make sure to lay pockets starting at the BOTTOM of your main piece of fabric….remember that you’re using the top to make buttonholes later!!! (My top pocket ended up being one long pocket that I divided into three sections later by stitching in dividing lines).
9. Once you are sure you have the sizes and placements you want, pin the pockets to the back piece.
10. Top stitch your pockets (two sides and bottom only!!! don’t sew your pocket closed!!!) onto you back piece. I recommend using a zig-zag stitch to make it more sturdy. Also, make sure to back-stitch at the top of the pocket! You wouldn’t want your stitches coming undone when your kids are shoving stuff into the pockets.
11. Once all of your pockets are sewn on, go to your car and figure out where your buttonholes will go. Mark on your fabric where the headrest inserts go in. This is also a good time to bring your elastic out to your car. Start at the bottom of your organizer where you would attach your elastic, go around the front of the seat and to the other side of the organizer. Whatever length that ends up being, subtract about 3 inches….you want it to STRETCH over the seat and not hang loose later. (You can see where the elastic will go better if you look at the main picture at the top of this post).
12. Sew button holes big enough for you to insert your headrest into. Don’t know how to sew a buttonhole? Here is a good tutorial.
13. At the bottom of your organizer, stitch the elastic you measured in step 11 onto the backside using a zig zag stitch. Make sure it’s not twisted when you stitch it to the other side!
14. You’re done with the sewing part! When you put this on the front seat, put the elastic on first and move it down to the bottom of the seat. Then, put the headrest spokes through the buttonholes and into their holes in the seat.
15. Fill it up and enjoy your organized back seat! After you teach the kids not to throw stuff on the floor, that is.