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Travel Trash Bag

Every time we take a trip whether it's for the day to go shopping or for a week or two on vacation we end up with trashed  floor boards. Sometimes to the point that a Coke bottle or empty chip bag falls out as the kids are getting out of the car.   Sad...... and rather embarrassing (to me anyway).  I wanted and needed to do something about this. We are apparently very trashy people because the little car trash bags sold commercially would last about 5 minutes before needing to be emptied.  So I took matters into my hands and made of some big enough to hold all of our trash with a little bit of room to spare. 
Cleaning the car is soooooo much easier now!

 Supplies Needed:

  • 1/2 yard fabric 

  • Interfacing

  • Scissors

  • Velcro

  • Thread

  • Sewing machine
To get started grab your fabric and cut:

  • Rectangle of fabric 20" x  15"

  • 2 fabric rectangles 2"x 11" (straps)

  • 2 pieces of interfacing 2"x 11"

  • 1 package of boning
Iron interfacing to the wrong side of the strap pieces following manufacturers instructions.

Fold straps in half so they are long and narrow. Sew. Leave one end open for turning.

Fold the big rectangle in half right sides together. Sew.

At the top fold over 1/4" and iron.

Fold another 3/4" and iron.

Pin the straps to the bag 2 inches in on either side. (see picture)

Sew. Make sure to leave a 1" opening to put the boning in through.

Here is what it will look like at this point.

Cut a 15" piece of  boning.

Insert the boning through the hole.  Adjust it so the boning ends at the strap on both sides.

 Sew the hole shut.

Sew Velcro onto your straps.

Put it in your car and be amazed at how much cleaner the car will stay. I made 2 of them. One for each seat back. It has worked wonders. We drove from North Carolina to Mandeville, LA and they were almost full. So much better than a trashy floor board and no more embarrassing moments for Mom. YAY!!!!

Use heavy duty velcro or make straps long enough to tie. 
The kids pulled them right off so I ended up tie-ing them



Paxton said...

i love it! normally I hang an empty plastic grocery ba in the car and my husband HATES it! But this is such a great idea and so sleek looking! much better than a krogers bag, OR messy floorboards :-)

Shan said...

OOH! I'm making those! I usually just keep bags with me, which means more work for me. I have some extra material just lying around anyway. Yay, project!

Theodora Ofosuhima said...

Nice tutorial.

Jill said...

What a great idea! Love it!
Just wanted to let you know that I featured your Sylvia Headband on my Round Tuit post this week!


Thanks for linking up!
I hope you have a lovely week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Unknown said...

Great tutorial. :) We definitely need one (or 2 or 3) of these, stat! lol Thanks for linking up. Love that fabric too. :)

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

I love it! Of course, I just sold a darling pillowcase dress with the same fabric--hope they don't see this! ;)

Lacey said...

You are GENIUS! I feel like I've always needed one of these but never thought I could actually make one. Your tutorial made it all seem so easy. I'll be sure to make one before our next road trip.

mamaTAVE said...

Thank you! This is great and I sure hope to get around to it sooner than later.

gilchrist said...

I love this!!! I was just wondering what happens when a liquid gets spilled in there. Is there a fabric that can line it?

FitNotQuitJess said...

GREAT idea! Wish I had seen this post before our road trip last weekend :)

. said...

That's awesome! I love the fabric you chose!!

Do you think I could make a 32-gallon one for my car...that might be big enough. LOL

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Those are so cute! I bought some plain ones from Wal Mart, but I would much rather have these!

Amy @ Journey Mum said...

Awesome idea. I'm using cloth for almost everything at this point, can't believe I haven't thought of this! I love the fabric too, I'm seeing that gorgeous pattern all over the place lately!

Sandy said...

I would love to try this ... where can you buy boning at?

Homemade Heather said...

i love this idea! thanks for the tute!

Letti said...

I need to make one of these bad. Thanks for the tutorial.

Crystal said...

this is such a great idea. We really need one for our car.

Ashlee Marie said...

lovely! what a great idea, rather than have your car trash bag on the ground this is brilliant! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Kitty Deschanel said...

Your little bag is so cute that I'd hesitate to get it dirty with trash! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by & post this on Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround. The Linky should be up this evening :)

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

So smart! With all of the traveling we will be doing soon, this would really be handy!

Lisa said...

Great idea...I really need one of these! Thanks!

Megan Gunyan said...

Ha! Great idea! We'd need about a dozen of these. ;) Thanks for sharing!

AUDRA said...

awh, I need this so bad!

Craftberry Bush said...

We need these now.....great tutorial...thanks! :o)

Dorian said...

Thanks for Linking up at my lil' linky party! It is too cute and super useful! On my to do list!

Leanne said...

I love the fabric you chose. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday until Saturday this week and would love for you to join the party. There's a great giveaway too.

Jocelyn said...

GREAT idea! I would worry about them getting filthy, but it's a great solution. I wonder if you could use some sort of fabric that wouldn't stain. Maybe a layer of clear vinyl on the inside?

I'm going to have to make some of these!

Missy said...

Thank you for the tutorial! That is a really great idea. I hate having a messy car. I just made one tonight and it was a quick, easy project! I plan to make lots more for my sisters and friends.

Cheri said...

Great idea. Sure cuter than our hanging leftover plastic bags from grocery stores!

Juliana Oliveira said...

Ótima idéia!!!!
Vou fazer um pra mim também!!!!


@pril said...

I just featured your tutorial on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/06/fabric-car-trash-bags-with-tutorials.html

Feel free to grab my Featured Button if you like.

Jen said...

Love this idea. I think I will make 2 as well. One for trash and for for "toys/activites that stay in the car". Thanks for sharing! PS I found this link on Pinterest!

lajamison said...

I made one this afternoon and I was pleased at how fast it was to make. I did adjust and I used a parachute buckle instead of Velcro. It is also the perfect size to slip a grocery sack inside of it to catch all of the "messy" trash. Thanks for the tutorial.

cara said...

Love this! I never liked the trash bags for cara because they wouldn't stay open! I am going to line mine with some kind of something that will help it not get wet and dirty. Any recommendations?

Holiday Travel with Kids said...

Cool... check out also this collection of activities for traveling with kids.