Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY Hanging Car Garbage Bag

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I don't know what it is about the car, my kids think that they can just throw trash on the ground in the car.  My car is always filthy because of it.  It drives me crazy, so I decided to do something about it.  So I made a garbage bag to hang onto the car seat.

I cut two different fabrics, because I wanted the inside to look pretty too :).  Altogether, I cut 4 pieces, each 14"x16"
Next I cut 4 pieces of clear vinyl (I got mine in the fabric section at Walmart) the same size, 14"x16".  I wanted the inside and outside of the bag to have the vinyl so I can just wipe it clean.  ** When sewing the vinyl, it's helpful to put tissue paper the vinyl because it will stick together or it will stick to the machine plates.  The tissue paper makes it so it's not sticky and you can just tear it off when you're done with it. **
Then I cut a strip for the straps.  It was 5" wide.  The first thing I did was sew the strap.  I folded it in half and then I sewed it together and then flipped it inside out and cut it in half.  
I put the vinyl on top of the fabric and then laid the strap onto the it.  
I placed the other piece on top it and then sewed the top.  I went over the part that had the strap several times.  I did the same thing to the other pieces, they just didn't have a strap.
Here's the strap sewn in.  I took the other section and then placed the fronts together and sewed up the three sides.  Then I flipped it inside out.
Then I added Velcro to the straps so I can attach it to the seat. 

I put it onto the seat in the car and added a plastic bag to it.
Now hopefully my kids will use the garbage instead of throwing things onto the floor.  I might have to make one for the back seat too, so my older boys can reach it.



laxsupermom said...

I keep a plastic grocery bag in the car as my trash bag, but I love your prettier solution. Thanks for sharing.

Brooke Kenny said...

That is such a cute idea! I love the colors you chose!
Brooke from

Michelle@ Learning to Be a Mom said...

What a great idea. Trash in the car is always a problem and I love this cute solution.

The Fischer Family said...

Very cute!!! I keep a grocery bag in the car for trash (most of the time!) but this is so much cuter!!

Valerie@Occasionally Crafty said...

Love it- I need to make one for our upcoming road trip. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Laura said...

What a great idea! My kid uses the floor of the car as a trash pit too. I have some oil cloth that would work great for this project and then I don't have to line it with vinyl. Thanks for sharing!

Aunt B said...

What a good idea! Thank you for sharing it.

Motivated Mommy of two said...

That is so cool

Jenifer said...

what a great idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

I love this project! I wish I had seen it sooner as we are going on vacation soon and this would be so perfect for the car trip. I get so frustrated having to constantly pick up straw wrappers, snack bags, etc.

Marilyn Clark said...

This is a great car is also like a trash can on wheels! I need to try this! :D

Pamela R said...

I just use a regular grocery bag for our garbage in the car but this is so gorgeous! Great idea! I have to ask, does it ever get in the way of little one's legs being on the seat back?

Hubba said...

Wow this is a perfect idea. I love that you can put a grocery sack in it to keep it clean, or if it gets dirty throw it in the wash! I'm a new follower, would love if you followed me at

Dallas Single Mom Examiner said...

This seems like such a simple idea. for a non-crafter like me I can do this.