Singer Car Organiser Tote

Car Organiser Tote

Create a car organiser with a clear pocket and an adjustable strap. It is perfect to keep your essentials in.

Shopping List:

  1. ⅝ yard (46cm) cotton fabric (quilting weight) for main bag
  2. ⅝ yard (46cm) cotton fabric (quilting weight) for bag lining
  3. One 13” x 13” (33cm x 33cm) piece of clear vinyl for pocket window
  4. ⅝ yard (46cm) fusible interfacing (Pellon® Décor Bond™ recommended)
  5. ¼ yard (23cm) solid coloured cotton fabric (quilting weight) for bag
  6. One ½” (1.3cm) or ⅝” (1.6cm) button
  7. Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
  8. All-purpose thread for construction

Sewing Directions:

  1. Cut two pieces 13″ x 17″ (33cm x 44cm) from the main bag and bag lining fabric. Cut four pieces from the fusible interfacing.
  2. Cut 1 piece from bag lining fabric 23” x 3” (59cm x 8cm) for the strap.
  3. Cut 1 piece from bag binding fabric 25” x 2”. (63.5cm x 5cm)
  4. Fuse the interfacing to each cut fabric piece from step 1, following the interfacing manufacturer’s recommendations.
Car Organiser Tote Diagram 1
  1. Place one bag lining and one outer bag main panel right sides together and mark a stitching line 4” (11cm) from lower cut edge and 2½” (6.5cm) from sides and upper edges. Stitch, in one continuous stitching line on the mark, pivoting at the corners.
  2. Cut the center fabrics away leaving about ½” (1.5cm) seam allowance and clip almost to the stitching line at the corners. Turn the fabrics right side out so that the wrong sides are touching.
  3. Press.
  4. Slip the clear vinyl behind the opening, touching the lining fabric, and stitch around the opening ⅛” (0.5cm) from the edge and again ⅜”(1cm) from the edge. Cut away the excess vinyl leaving ¼” (0.7cm) excess.
  5. Sew the main bag fabric panel to the main bag fabric panel with the vinyl window at the sides and lower edge. Use a ½” (1.5cm) seam allowance.
  6. Cut out a ¾” (2cm) square from the lower corners of the outer and lining fabrics.
  7. Open up the cut edge of one corner of the outer bag fabrics and align the lower edge and side edge seams. Sew the gusset across the seam line, using a ½” (1.5cm) seam allowance. Back stitch to secure the seam. Repeat with each cut corner of the outer bag and bag lining.
Car Organiser Tote Diagram 2
  1. Turn the bag right side out and slip the lining into the main bag.
  2. Press the binding strip wrong sides together in half and then open up the pressed strip and press each long raw edge to the center creased line. Fold it again on the original creased line and press to create double fold binding.
  3. 15. Unfold the pressed binding and sew the two short ends together with right sides facing using a ½” (1.5cm) seam allowance. Press and re-fold as in step 14.
  4. Place binding on upper edge of bag trapping the raw edges of the bag between the two folded edges of the binding. Topstitch the binding onto the bag edge close to the second fold of the binding.
Car Organiser Tote Diagram 3
  1. Fold each short end of the strap section to the wrong side 1” (2.5cm). Press the strap in the same fashion as step 14.
  2. Topstitch the strap around all of the edges ⅛” (0.5cm) from the folded edge.
  3. Stitch the strap onto the inside upper edge of the bag, 1” (2.5cm) from the left side seam, on the main panel WITHOUT the vinyl window.
  4. At the opposite end of the strap create two to three button holes, sized to fit your button, spaced ½” (1.5cm) from the end of the strap with 1” (2.5cm) between each buttonhole.
  5. Sew the button onto the inside of the upper edge of the bag, 1” (2.5cm) from the right side seam, on the main panel WITHOUT the vinyl window.
  6. Using the adjustable strap, loop the strap around the headrest of your car seat and button onto the button.