Car Trash Bag-010 500


One of my favorite parts of Summer are road trips. I just love heading out on the road with a good book and my favorite Chex Mix while my husband drives. I love stopping at all the dives and burger joints along the highway and becoming a pro at gas station snacks.

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But with all the traveling you’ll inevitably collect some trash. It’s easy for the car to become chaos on road trips but this little travel trash caddy can help with that. It’s perfectly sized so you can fit those Dog trash bags into the layers.

car trash 500Travel Trash Bag Tutorial

  • 1/4 Yard Fabric for outside (I used quilting cotton)
  • 1/4 Yard Thick Canvas or Duck Cloth
  • Pin
  1. Start by cutting your pieces you will need 2 pieces of your main fabric and 2 of your duck cloth measuring 9X13 inches. For the strap cut a piece 3X13 inches and the for the inner section 2 pieces of duck cloth 9 by whatever is left which is probably about 17 inches.
  2. With right sides together sew the long sides of the 9X13 pieces to the matching piece with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. So you should have 2 tubes
  3. Open up the seam and iron. Turn the outer fabric right side out and slide it around the duck cloth piece. Fold the top edges under 1 inch and iron.
  4. Make the strap by folding the strap piece in half lengthwise and sew one long edge and one short edge. Turn right side out and iron.
  5. Tuck the unfinished edge between the folded edges of the tubes you made at one of the seams.
  6. Sew around the top edge of the tube making sure to catch the strap. Now you should have one tube with a finished top and raw edges at the bottom. Set that aside.
  7. Take the 9X 17 inch pieces and sew the long edges with a 3/4 inch seam allowance.
  8. Fold the top edge under in 1/2 increments until it’s about the same size as the other piece you made. (It just needs to be a little shorter so it can sit inside without showing).
  9. With the first tube (double layer/outside) piece turned wrong side out (so the pretty pieces are on the inside facing eachother) tuck the first tube inside the tube you just made.
  10. Sew across the bottom catching 6 all layers.
  11. Turn right side out and you’re good to go.Use a pin to adjust the strap to the desired length to sit around your gear shifter and tuck in a doggie trash bag around the edges.

Car Trash Bag-012 500

Use a pin to adjust the strap to the desired length to sit around your gear shifter and tuck in a doggie trash bag around the edges.

Car Trash Bag-011 500

I hope you like the little trash bag. These are so versatile that they would be such a fun gift. If you still are looking for a Father’s day present this comes together super fast if you use a fabric dad will like you’re good to go.

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  1. For the most part I have been able to follow this; however, at about step 8 or 9 it starts getting a little fuzzy. When do you sew the inner tube to the outer or do you not? YOu say to fold it down in 1/2 increments. Does that mean 1/2 inch? Then do you sew it? Sorry for all the questions. I just got a little lost.

  2. thanks Ann I’m glad you like it. I have a feeling like these will be my go to “what the heck should I give them” present

  3. How perfect! Was just discussing this with my hubby this afternoon. These will make great gifts too.

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