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Car Caddy Tutorial

Sew4Home's spiffy car caddy is designed to organize your stuff, improve your driving safety, and look cute as can be all at the same time. It straps around the seat's headrest, so you can hang it on the front or the back. Get organized, and get going!

what you need:

  • ¾ yard of 44-45" wide fabric for caddy front and back
  • 1 yard of 44-45" wide fabric for caddy pockets NOTE: You may need to purchase slightly more or less fabric for the pockets based on the direction and size of your fabric's print. S4H used one yard of fabric for our pockets and were able to cut them widthwise.
  • ¾ yard of 44-45" wide lightweight fusible interfacing for caddy and pockets
  • 3½ yards (two packages) of ½" - 1" bias binding for top pocket edges and entire outside edge of caddy body
  • 1 yard of 1" wide nylon/cotton/polyester strap (or recycle a purse strap)
  • One 1" plastic toggle for strap connection: S4H used a Dritz quick release parachute buckle in black to match the nylon strap
  • Two 1" grommets for bottom corners of caddy: S4H used Dritz Home plastic snap-on grommets in Bronze
  • 2 yards of ¼" - 3/8" nylon cording to tie through bottom corner grommets: we used a ¼" diameter in black
  • All purpose thread: S4H used Coats & Clark brown 8950 throughout; you may also choose to switch to a thread to match the nylon strap (that would be a black thread in our sample)
  • See-through ruler or yardstick
  • Fabric marker, pen, or tailor's chalk for drawing on fabrics
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Lighter or hot knife to seal ends of nylon strap and cording

Learn how to make one


This fabulous sewing project is sponsored by:
Holiday 2010

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Comment by Susan on June 27, 2011 at 3:09pm

Patricia,

 

It would be *very* easy to make one of these.  You could do it!

 

MEASURING LENGTH:

 

Measure the distance from the top of the back seat where the strap would go around the head rest down to the top of the bench seat, measure the depth of the seat, and then measure from the top of the front seats (where the other two straps would go) down to the top of the bench seat.  Add those measurements together for your overall length.

 

MEASURING WIDTH:

 

Also measure the width of the car seat(s) from on side of the car to the other, (right to left) to determine the width.  Add one inch to all sides for hemming and seam allowance.  

 

Cut to size.

 

Hem 1/2 " doubled over all the way around.  (If you are brave add binding?)

 

Attach the straps by back stitching over each end approximately 12 inches apart to the hem line for strength on the canvas (or whatever you end up using)  Do that four times attaching all 4 straps one to go around each head rest.

 

You're done.

 

This is the hammock I have for my dogs:

Comment by Jamie Nunes on June 27, 2011 at 2:12pm
Love it!  I just travelled 1200 miles with my DIL and two granddtrs: 2 1/2 months and 2 years old.  This would have been a godsend. : P
Comment by Sheila on June 27, 2011 at 9:06am
McCalls has a pattern like this in the craft section (M5902).
Comment by Gloria Allender on June 27, 2011 at 7:25am
I was just thinking last week I needed something like this in my car. Thanks!
Comment by Patricia on June 27, 2011 at 6:49am
I was wondering, would you know of any pattern  making a blanket of such for the back seat, I have seen these at pet stores, I have two dogs, I use an old blanket that lay on the back seat, this thing I saw covered the seat and the floor, there were straps that went around the head rest , which was away for it to stay in place. I like the idea that the dogs wouldn't fall onto the floor. would you know of such a pattern?

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