Saturday, May 22, 2010

One-Yard Wonders: Not Ugly Car Trash Bag

I completed another One-Yard Wonders project!  Hooray!

I planned on making this one a loooooong time ago.  I had a trash bag in my car for almost as long as I had my car, but since we usually travel in Stephen's car, I'd just been stuffing all the straw wrappers and receipts in the little pocket in his car door.  I'm pretty sure that this was very annoying for Stephen, even though he didn't say much about it.  So when I saw the car trash bag pattern in the OYW book, I had an idea.
"Stephen," I said, "I will make myself a pretty car trash bag from this book, and then you can have my old ugly but very functional black one."
"That sounds absolutely wonderful!" said Stephen.
So we went to Joann and I bought some super cute fabric and the buckle for the strap, came home, cut out the pattern pieces and proceeded to do nothing with them for a month or so.  There really is no good excuse for me not putting the thing together faster because the pattern couldn't be easier!  It took me like 20 minutes (tops) to sew it together, and that's mostly just because I'm slow at ironing.  I'm not going to go into the process since it's laid out in the book, but here are a few photos!

All my pieces cut out and ready to go.  This was my first time using a buckle like this - EXCITING!

Ironing the straps.  I used to never iron stuff as I sewed, because I hate it.  Strangely enough, when I started ironing my finished projects started looking nicer.  Weird right?

Action shot!  Sewing on the not-actually-cut-on-the-bias bias tape.

And adding the straps...

Tada!  Done! Super easy.

Wouldn't you know it after I made it, it took me another couple of weeks to actually put it in my car, then maybe another week or so before I hung it on the seat.  I guess this project was just destined to be slow...

I'm not sure why it is so wrinkled. I think maybe it got stuffed down the side of the couch.

Before I put the trash bag in the car, it occurred to me that this might be a great, and potentially very fashionable, personal trash storage system.

I think I may be on to something! Don't you?


Anonymous said...

Hi, that is a lovely trash bag and i love your idea of a walking trash collector! ha ha

Caroline said...

I've been thinking about making this project too! Love your fabric.

Anonymous said...

I want to make this one soon. Can you expand on your "not actually cut on the bias" bias tape? Did you just cut strips on the grainline? If so that would be a super fabric saver. As it is, I can't bring myself to make my own. It seems like a waste. Felicia

donnie lee collett said...

Hello my name is Donnie and I think we might have a "cosmic connection", you however it sounds, has a much more Positive and patient husband than I!!! lol! So, where is the connection ?? In your pile of "Full of Craft photo"!!! I have one of those too!!!..My husband only sees it as Junk..BUT ITS ALL GOOOOOOOOD JUNK!!! If I can only make him understand!! If you dont mind?? I think I will show him that I am Not the ONLY person in this BIG world that has one of these!
I as you, have several works of Art in the works!! Some 2 weeks old, some... over a year old! I can only do my "works of Crafts".. when the "spirit" moves me
Jenny, you inspire me girlfriend!!
I LoVE our Blog & pictures!! And your car bag,,,, VERY COOL!!
I will continue to follow your Blog & will try to keep you posted on my progress!!!
Thank you for your inspiration and sharing your good works!!! donnielee
(FEMALE) ;~)

Jenny said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! Sorry I didn't respond sooner - I've been out of town the last couple of days on a camping trip with my husband :)

Caroline - I would definitely recommend making this one! It's super easy and fast and I'm so happy with how it turned out!

Felicia - It is indeed cut on the grainline. The pattern actually calls for this, and while I thought the pattern referred to it as bias tape at some point, it really only calls it binding - I guess I was just remembering the part where it said "not necessary to cut on the bias". I've never actually cut any real bias tape myself, it does seem like a lot of fabric for not a lot of result doesn't it? I don't claim to be an expert, but I guess you could just cut it on the grainline any time you don't need the binding to have the give that real bias tape would provide.

Donnielee - Why can't husbands tell the difference between good junk and garbage?? I guess I'm just lucky to have a door I can close on my pile of stuff so my husband doesn't have to look at it too much :) Good luck with all your projects! I'd love to hear more about them!

Rachel said...

This is super cute! I envy you - I have difficulty sewing in a straigh line, ha ha :)

Great fabrics - glad to "meet" you!

Stephanie said...

Great idea and great fabric!!