This week’s Gifty Galore project, a handy Car Trash Bag, comes from Stephanie Hughes at a A Ditchin’ Time Quilts. Our family enjoys long car trips to visit family or go camping. I have found if the road is straight, I can do handwork in the car. The problem is that I tend to leave threads all over when I sew. I thought this trash bag would solve that problem! I did make a couple of adjustments to the pattern that I will tell you about as I go along.
When I asked my DH what color to make the bag, he looked at the grey interior of the car and said “grey”. So I found some lovely fabrics from the Neutral Love II and other collections.
The pattern recommends making the bag with two fabrics, an outer bag and a lining. Then, a cylinder of stiff stabilizer is inserted inside the bag to wrap a plastic garbage bag around to be removed and replaced as needed. Since I didn’t plan to use the bag for lots of dirty trash, I wanted the lining to be waterproof and something I could wipe off if necessary without dealing with plastic trash bags – kind of like my lunch bag I take to work. I considered a fabric-backed laminate but couldn’t find one the right color. I ended up with a waterproof fabric used for baby diaper covers and bibs. Amazingly, it came in black!
The first steps were to fold a 13″ x 22″ piece of fabric right sides together, sew a 5/8″ seam allowance with a row of zigzag stitch alongside, and trim the remaining seam allowance. Fortunately, I remembered to switch to an open-toe presser foot (#20 for Bernina) before I started the zigzag stitch because the titanium needles are pretty strong and you can do some serious damage to your machine by hitting a needle on a presser foot.
The right side of the waterproof diaper cover fabric has a kind of a slippery knit fabric appearance but the wrong side is rubbery – my machine did not like it! Not wanting to break out the walking foot, I had good results stabilizing the two layers with Wonder Tape. Much better!
Once the side seams were sewn, the bottom of the the outer bag and lining were sewn, secured with a zigzag stitch, and trimmed.
Then I opened the bottom of the bag and lining as shown and marked a line 1-1/2″ in from the corners to sew and trim.
Now the bag and lining both had a rectangular bottom.
After turning the outer bag right side out, I inserted the lining in wrong side out. It was time for the binding. The pattern calls for a 3-1/2″ binding folded in half lengthwise and sewn on the outside 1″ down from the raw edges at the top. I wanted to sew the binding on by machine using a new binding method I wrote about in a recent blog. Two fabrics are used, one 1/4″ narrower than the other, so a small flange is formed when they are sewn together and pressed in half. I cut the binding strip 2″ and the strip that became the flange at 2-1/4″.
I sewed the binding on the inside of the bag with all the raw edges aligned.
Before stitching the binding on the front, I had to decide how to add the handle. In the pattern, a loop to hang over the stick shift knob is added after the binding and the ends are covered with a decorative button. Our car does not have a knob from which to hang the bag, so I needed to find a way to secure it to the grab handle in front of the passenger seat. I decided to make a strap about 3″ wide to be anchored in the binding on the back and brought forward.
Clover Wonder Clips helped hold everything in place when I folded the binding to the front. I used the #10 Bernina stitch in the ditch foot, the arm on my machine, and thread color to match the flange fabric to stitch in the ditch around the top. The flange adds a little pop of contrast.
All that remained was to sew some hook and loop tape on the strap and inside the bag and sew a big button to cover the stitching on the strap.
Now when we travel, I can keep the car cleaner. Road Trip! I think it will also work fine for everyday trash that is not too messy. I considered adding pockets on the outside for hand sewing supplies, but decided I would rather make a matching sewing kit to hang so I can find my scissors, needle threader, thread, etc. while I am sewing in the car.
A big thanks to Stephanie for a fun Car Trash Bag pattern – What a quick useful project for gifts!
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