Togetherness, inspiration and creativity

Debbie Shore’s DIY Car Seat Organiser

Debbie Shore’s DIY Car Seat Organiser

Debbie’s DIY car seat organiser keeps books and toys to hand for the kids on long car journeys. It has multiple storage pockets to keep everything together, including a clear pocket which can be used to hold a tablet for in-car entertainment! Craft this handy organiser ready for those upcoming car journeys… the kids will love it and so will you!

You Will Need:

car seat organiser sewing supplies button

Debbie Shore’s DIY Car Seat Organiser:

Step 1:

car seat organiser step 1 image

To make your car seat organiser, first fuse the foam to the wrong side of the front fabric.

Step 2:

car seat organiser step 2 image

Trim the top two corners into curves using your circle template.

Step 3:

Debbie Shore's car organiser step 3 image

Fold the pocket fabric in half wrong sides together. With the folded edge at the top, measure 2 ½” from each bottom corner and trim to the edge of the folded side. Cut a 21” length of elastic, place inside the fold of the fabric and sew across one end to secure. Keep the elastic tucked inside the fold and sew just underneath to form a channel – be careful not to catch the elastic as you sew.

Step 4:

car organiser step 4 image

Now, fold the pocket fabric right sides together and sew across the bottom to make a tube. Turn the right side out and press.

car organiser shop sewing button

Step 5:

Debbie Shore car organiser step 5 image

Place the pocket 2” from the bottom of the organiser front, then sew across the bottom.

Step 6:

car organiser step 6 image

Line up the edge of the pocket with the secured elastic with the side of the organiser and sew.

Step 7:

step 7 image car seat organiser

Pull the elastic through the channel until the top of the pocket is the same width as the organiser, then sew the pocket to the side of the organiser. Sew a dividing line straight down the centre of the pocket, back stitch at the top to make the seam strong. (You could make more dividing lines if you wish).

Step 8:

car organiser by debbie shore step 8 image

Cut two 16” lengths of bias binding. Fold in half and press. Sew one piece to the top of the clear vinyl, being careful to lift the vinyl away from your machine to prevent dragging. Spray the second piece of binding with basting spray and wrap around the bottom of the pocket. Sew a 2” length, 2” from the right-hand side. This will be a gap to thread your charger through.

Debbie Shore's car organiser sewing button

Step 9:

car seat organiser step 9 image

Place the vinyl pocket just above the fabric pocket; make two small pleats in the bottom, 4” from each side. Sew across the bottom, leaving the 2” section you’ve already sewn unsewn. You may find using a fabric glue stick to hold the pocket in place useful. Sew over the top sides of the pocket to hold in place.

Step 10:

car organiser step 10 image

Measure the width of your tablet, then, using this measurement, sew through the binding at the top of the pocket; this will stop the pocket from falling forward when the tablet is in there. Cut the ribbon in two. Fold each piece in half and sew, facing inwards to the top of the organiser, 4” from each side.

Step 11:

car seat organiser step 11 image

Sew each end of the remaining elastic facing inwards to the bottom sides of the organiser, just below the pocket.

Step 12:

car seat organiser step 12 image

Adhere the backing fabric to the wrong side of the organiser, trim the rounded corners. Apply the bias binding around the organiser from the back, overlapping ends and mitring corners.

Step 13:

Debbie's car seat organiser step 13 image

Fold the bias binding to the front and machine sew to complete your organiser.

Debbie Shore car seat organiser image

car seat organiser shop sewing button

Love this sewing project? Check out the rest of our nifty sewing projects here! 

Billie at Create & Craft
Latest posts by Billie at Create & Craft (see all)