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« on: August 20, 2008 04:20:37 AM »

I really needed something in the car to stash litter.  What do you think?

I started with my 9 inch pie plate as a template for the circle bottom, cut out a 8 inch tall band to go around. The interior fabric is some outside patio fabric I found in the remnant bin; the exterior 100% cotton. Tute now follows pics by request.






Find something round to trace - I used a 9 inch pie plate.  Cut out a circle from your hefty outdoor material and from your cotton material. Cut a really long piece as wide as you want it tall. I think mine was about 8 or 9 inches wide. For length, I used roughly 27 inches long, after the second one.  But the first time I just used a really long piece.  ((There is a formula, but it never works for me!))

Now, sew a "stay stitch" line a half inch from one of the long edges of the long pieces. You are not sewing anything together, just a line. Now cut little snips along that same edge about an inch apart, but don't go past your stay stitch line.  This helps that long material go round the circle.  You'll have to do this for both the cotton and outdoor long pieces. NOTE: I found I needed to use a longer stitch on the outdoor fabric.

Now sew the circle to your long piece.  Be sure right sides are together and you are sewing along the edge that you stay-stitched and snipped.  Leave the first inch or two of the beginning of the long piece unsewn. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance. When you start, be sure to backstitch a time or two. Sew a little, then rearrange the long piece so that it curves around the circle piece. No, I didn't pin - it was easier without the pins but make sure that stay stitch line doesn't show, sew right on top of it.) Once you get around the circle, stop about 1/2 inch away from where you started and backstitch a time or two.  With any luck, you'll have a wad of extra fabric at the end. Pull the whole thing out of the machine and use fingers or pins to judge where that seam for the long rectangle should be.  Line up the long rectangle's sides so that they are even.  You'll want to stitch the seam nice and perpendicular to the sides now. Back in the machine!

Now that the side seam is done, trim off all the excess material and go back and finish that little bit of circle that isn't done.  These are the thrills of sewing with no measurements.  (If you DID have excellent measurements, you could sew the long rectangle into a tube first, then sew onto the circle in perfect precision.)
Do this same circus act with the outdoor material, but remember the longer stitch length might be needed.

Now, Cotton material bucket should be right side out, but lining material bucket needs to be right side in.  Stick the cotton bucket inside the lining bucket. The two right sides will be touching. Now sew around the top edge with a 1/2 inch SA, leaving a gap for turning.  Don't forget to back stitch at start and stop points. 

Birth the bag! This is always my favorite part.  Turn your bag right side out (and if you are like me, you've made your gap too small and it takes some minutes of labour to get it all situated). Stuff the lining back down into the bucket.  It should look nearly done!

Top stitch 1/4 inch around the bag, being sure to tuck the material at that gap down and make it look nice and smooth.

Figure out how long you want your strap, cut and sew a tube and turn it right side out. Tuck the ends of the tube back inside 1/2 an inch and sew with reinforcing x's onto the bag straddling the side seam.








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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2008 04:41:18 AM »

I love it (and I need one, too!)!
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2008 04:56:01 AM »

neato- I need one of these for my own car!
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2008 05:19:42 AM »

Great idea.... I need to make a few of those for our cars and my 2 sons cars as well.
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2008 05:34:38 AM »

Great idea. I will make one for my car.
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2008 05:35:38 AM »

that is so cool!  I totally need one .... I wonder what my mum is doing this afternoon ... Wink  Do you unhook the strap for driving or leave it there (does it interfere with shifting at all?)
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2008 05:50:47 AM »

Awesome design and fabric!!!!  So that's how I could do it!  I was just saying to my DD 2 days ago that I needed something in the back seat of our vehicles for them to put garbage in.  I wanted to make one but wasn't sure what to use.  Hmmmm...patio fabric, never thought of that and it's a great idea.  THANKS for the post. Cool 
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008 05:59:20 AM »

Awesome idea!! My car is always a mess!!!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2008 06:35:46 AM »

This is awesome.  You have inspired me to make something for my car. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2008 06:53:58 AM »

Ingenius.... And I love the colours. I need one!
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