This week I am very excited because I got a new car. I’ve never had a new car, and I was very sad to see my 14 year old Volkswagen go. I finally admit to everyone though: it was time. Having a brand spanking new car, I am trying to think of ways to keep that new feeling around. One of my first ideas was something to put trash in, like all those little receipts or wrappers that happen in the car.
Here is the car trash can I came up with, and I thought I would share the steps with you in case you would like the same.
I used a 16 inch by 16 inch piece of fabric. Mine was a block from a quilt I turned out not liking, but you could use any piece of fabric.
I also used a cup from a Houston Rockets game. We have a lot of these stadium size cups around because I am a huge Rockets fan. I used one of my more beat up ones because it won’t be visible as a trash can anyway.
I measured around the largest part of my cup and folded my fabric right sides together to match the cup size with enough ease to get the cup in it. I sewed down the seam I measured using a straight stitch.
After I sewed the seam I checked to make sure the cup would fit…success!
I then cut off the excess material from the side to make a strap.
I sewed a straight seam across the bottom of the bag with the fabric still right sides together and hemmed the top of the tube folding in a half inch twice.
I then took the bottom seam and pulled the corners out like in the picture above. I measured in an inch on both corners and sewed a line across.
With the cup inserted in the tube, this is what the bottom should look like.
Next we are going to make the strap. Fold your fabric strap in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press.
Now open the strip up and press both of the outside edges toward the center press mark you made.
Now fold the strap lengthwise in half again and press.
Now straight stitch along the side of the strap that is folded together.
I like to repeat the process on the other side of the strap just because I think it looks nice.
You should now have the strap complete. Go ahead and insert the cup into the tube and fold the excess to the inside. It should look like the picture above.
Make a mark where you would like your strap to hit. I chose about a half inch down from the top of the cup.
Now pull that all out of the cup and pin the strap in place with the strap on the outside with the handle piece facing the top. Sew the strap in place being sure not to catch the other side of the tube in the stitch. I used a straight stitch and sewed over it back and forth about three times to reinforce it.
Here it is all completed in my sewing room.
And here it is in my car. The strap is place around my shift stick Now I have a non leaking and completely washable car trashcan. And it is cute!
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