I transport a lot of kids in my vehicle as part of my job. We spend a lot of time at parks and those little shoes get VERY dirty. The interior of my car is a light taupe, which gets dirty fast with little people pushing their feet against the back of the seats. I was cleaning my car almost every day! Sheesh! The DIY Car Organizer to the rescue!
I came up with this tidy little hack to:
- Keep my seats clean
- Organize the toys and what-not in the back seats
It was super easy!
What you need for the DIY Car Organizer:
- Stretchy spandex fabric that matches your car or any fun print you like
- a fabric shoe organizer
- Matching thread
- something to measure with
- sewing machine
I decided to match the interior of my car, but you can use whatever colors you like. I bought a brown/tan shoe organizer to match my interior. They come in a lot of different prints and colors, check out this link. I liked the one with the mesh pockets the best so the kids can see what is in the pockets easily.
Taking Measurements For the Top Fabric Piece
I first measured across the shoe organizer and added a 3/4 inch seam on each side where I would fold it over and sew straight up.
The second measurement was from the top of the organizer, over the top of the car head rest, and down to the front of where I wanted the fabric to end. I added a 3/4 inch seam allowance on both ends just to be sure.
I measured my seats and decided that using two rows of the shoe organizer for each seat would be the right fit. With this one shoe organizer I could make 3 car organizers! Sweet! Two for me and one as a gift.
Cutting the Fabric Shoe Organizer
I cut straight down in between the rows, leaving the heavy binding on the bottom because I was not planning on sewing anything more on the bottom. I left the unfinished portion at the top where I attached the fabric to go over the head rest.
Cutting the Fabric for the Pouch Over the Head Rest
I measured out this as a square onto my stretchy fabric I bought using the measurements that I took earlier of the shoe organizer width and over the head rest. I chose a light taupe color to match the interior of my car. You can see it in the pictures below that it matches pretty good. I only spent about $2 for the fabric and had more than enough for both organizers for my car, and some to spare.
Sewing it Together
Next, I attached the square of fabric to the top edge of the two rows of the shoe organizer that I wanted to use. I put right sides together and just zipped across using my sewing machine with a tight zig-zag over the edge to make sure it doesn’t come apart once it had heavy toys placed into the pockets.
I then folded the square of fabric over with right sides together and went straight up each side with a straight, long basting stitch. This was just to hold it together until I pinned it over the head rest to get a more secure fit.
Once the sides were sewn up, I went out to the car and sat in the back seat to slide the square pouch over the head rests. I pinned up each side (see the picture below) so that it would be a closer, custom fit to the head rests in my car.
I tucked the top corners in a bit so that it was not sticking out funny at the top. In the picture below you can see how I pinned it.
Here is a closer look of how it was tucked in before I ran it through the sewing machine again.
I gently pulled it off and took it back to the sewing machine to sew up the sides. It worked perfectly! Below is how the head rest looked after it was finished and filled with toys hanging down the back.
What did it cost?
Fabric Shoe Organizer $8.97 + $2.00 Fabric = $10.97 for 3 organizers!