I had a bunch of this marine/sailor-ish fabric from somewhere. I have no idea where I got it. I think it got handed down to me with my sewing machine. Anyway, it was perfect for this project because it was super thick and sturdy. So if you plan on making one of these I would get one piece of sturdier fabric and one piece of softer fabric (so that it doesn't rough up the leather in your car). First you need to measure the back of the seat in the car where you want the organizer to hang. Mine was about 16X25 inches, so I cut two pieces of fabric (the marine fabric and some blue flannel for the back) each 16.5X25.5 inches.
Then I got to work on the pockets. Otherwise known as, the painful part. I knew I wanted a large pocket for coloring books and books and a tall thin one for Princess's dolls, so I did those first on the bottom row. I used a coloring book and the dolls also, as my measuring tools. Basically all you do for the pockets, is cut a piece of fabric that will fit around whatever you are putting in it (cut extra if it is going to be something bulky, like dolls or snacks) and cut extra for turning the sides in. Then iron down 1/4 inch of the top of the pocket and sew down. Then turn in and iron down the sides and bottom of the pocket. Then pin the pocket down onto the organizer where you want it and sew along the 3 sides. It should now be attached to the organizer. Before moving on, make sure that whatever you are putting in there, fits.
|See how much extra I cut for it? You don't want the pocket to be taut against the organizer otherwise stuff won't fit.|
|Here you can see the sides are ironed in, but not sewn yet. Pin the pocket down like this.|
|Then sew it down.|
|Here is the 2nd pocket. See how I pinned down the sides? There is a lot of pinning and re-pinning.|
|Here I am pinning it down and using my "measuring tool" (Tinkerbell) to make sure she fits.|
|You can see that I made little pleats/darts on the bottom to accommodate the large pocket.|
|See how much room there is? Tink and Rosetta will be nice and cozy in there.|
All finished! How cute is this thing? I am so excited for Princess to test it out.
|I had to test its hanging abilities on the dishwasher.|
|Here it is in the car. Ready for our trip!|
|All her goodies, within reach.|
Time to hit the road....
Have a great weekend everyone! And Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful daddies!