Sunday, August 29, 2010

Car Trash Bag From One Yard Wonders

This is my car:

It is my dream car, one I coveted for nearly ten years before I finally saved up enough money to buy one for myself. As you can see, it is the spiffiest car in the world and needs no improvement.

Well, except for that pesky issue of the interior. You know, the place where you'll find empty Tic Tac boxes, gas receipts, and three-week-old JoAnn Fabrics sale papers strewn about the place. Oh, and these guys:

(That was thrown in there to make you think I'm super cool.)

Evidence of my enduring love for Doctor Who aside, the interior of my car clearly needs some help. Enter One Yard Wonders' Not Ugly Car Trash Bag. Just what I need to help keep my mess in check while not sullying my beautiful car with some sort of unattractive trash receptacle. I've had this project in the works for months with the fabric all picked out and ready to go, but it wasn't until Finny Knits chose it as July/August's sew along project that I finally got my butt in gear. Even then you may notice that I waited until the very last week of the two months allotted. My trash bag and I are just arriving fashionably late.

The pattern's one of those simple ones that makes you say, "why didn't I think of that myself?" To be honest, you probably don't even need the book for this one but if you like following instructions as much as I do you'll be happy to not have to wing it. I really don't have any special tips on this one as the pattern and instructions say it all. If you want to recreate the magic yourself, the cupcake fabric can be found at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

I only made three small and utterly unnecessary changes:
  • Mine is a tad bit longer than the pattern called for because I didn't want to waste the 2" strip of fabric that would have been left after cutting and figured I could use the extra space for trash instead.

  • I made the straps out of the same fabric as the binding both because I think it looks nice and because I didn't want to use up more of my pricey cupcake fabric.

  • I substituted a cheaper type of clasp for the parachute buckle. The price difference wasn't astronomical but I'm a cheap German who will pinch pennies whenever possible. I'd made one of these in the past for my husband with the cheaper option and have had no problems. It's not as if we're weighing the darn thing down with dead bodies or some such. I think the cheaper clasp can handle a few magazines and receipts.

So it's another success story brought to you by One Yard Wonders. Now I have yet another reason to smile when I see my car in the mornings. Yes, I actually do that. My car makes me happy in ways you can't even imagine if you've never owned a Mini.


The Girl Creative said...

I soooo need one of these in my car. It's forever a mess! lol

Ashley @ Joyful Creations said...

Hey thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you like the wreath. The Dollar Tree is an awesome place, especially around special holidays. I can't wait to go back.

I love your car! The bag is very cool, too. I adore anything that has cupcakes involved. Perfect fabric choice.

Aunt Peg said...

Ok, so that is adorable!! Want to make me one? LOL
I've got to repost this on my craft blog if you will allow me to.
Lovin' it!

FinnyKnits said...

niceNICE work, mama! Glad the instructions were easy to follow and have spiffed up the interior of your already adorable car :)

African Kelli said...

You won this month's sew along! Please send me an email and I'll mail you a prize. Great cupcakes!

Catch A Falling Star said...

I have also coveted one of those cars for sometime. I adore them! Sadly for me though, I wont be saving the money to get one. The hubby and I each have our own cars and I am the designated everything driver,since my car holds the whole family,friends,groceries etc.
As to your trash bag, it's almost a shame to use it,it's so cute! I could definately use one!!
Great job!

Erin said...

That is awesome! And I LOVE the fabric. I need one of these for my oh so messy car!

Van said...

Ah! That's so cute and practical, love that!

FrouFrouBritches said...

I saw you on Whatever Goes Wednesday too. I desperately NEED one of these. It's cute and my van is a PIT! I see one of these in my future. Love the cupcake fabric! Sooo cute!

Anonymous said...

This would come in so handy! I have orderd that book and it is backordered! can't wait to get it so I can start making fun stuff. WOuld love to have you join my new link up tomorrow and show off your projects!

Melissa said...

This would definitely be used in my van! What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing. I found you on Somewhat Simple.

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

I need one of those. Then maybe my hubby wouldn't have to complain about how messy my car is all the time. Thanks for linking this one up to Thrilling Thursday as well :) Hope to see you next week.

The Paisley Abbey said...

I love the car trash bag. I need to make myself one. The cupcake fabric is one of my fabric fabrics, in fact I bought several yards of it. You can see things I have made out of it on my blog. BTW- I found you on MommasKindaCrafy.


too Blessed to Stress said...

cute! hubby needs one of those... just maybe in manly cupcakes :) haha!

~Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Visiting via weekend wrap up. Great job on this. I had to stop by, that cupcake fabric is one of my favourites, I recently made an apron with it (yellow version). Peace, love and cupcakes.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

It's adorable! Great job.

Jami said...

I have no more excuses! I do love this. Thanks for sharing it and yes, your car is adorable. :)