Backseat Bin with Tutorial

Here’s the tutorial for Andrew’s new over-the-seat toy bin.  It took me just under an hour to complete – fun and easy!

How cute is this fabric?  The answer is: so cute.  I found the dinosaur print in a remnant pile and had the stripes left over from another project.  Anytime I’m able to use up leftover fabric, I’m a happy girl.  So, I cut the pieces of fabric as you see below (marked *a* for the outside and *b* for the inside fabric).

Bottom and Pocket Panels: (1a, 2a, 1b, 2b): Cut  4 pieces, 11 inches by 5 inches

Side Panel (3a, 3b, 4a, 4b): Cut 4 pieces, 9 inches by 5 inches

Front and Back Panels (5a, 5b, 6a, 6b): Cut 4 pieces, 11 inches by 9 inches

Line all pieces with medium-weight to heavy-weight interfacing. I used medium-weight, but once Andrew’s toys were inside, I wish

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First, sew two pocket panels (1a and 1b), right sides together.

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Then, pin the pocket to one of the front panels (5a) and one of the side panels (3a) and stitch along the side as pictured.  Complete the outside of the bin by attaching the second side (4a), back (6a) and, finally, the bottom (2a). This should form a nice bag shape.

Repeat the same process with the interior pieces (2b, 3b, 4b, 5b, 6b), but leaving off the pocket.  You should now have two bags, place the interior bag within the exterior.

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Fold down the top of each of the bags, toward each other, then iron to create a nice fold.  Add elastic to one side of the bag and pin in place, then stitch all around the top of the bag.  Below is what my bag looked like right before the final stitches, and then one with it complete and in the backseat! That’s Andrew’s foot.

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