Thanks to everyone who voted for this project in the So You Think You're Crafty competition! It was an exciting week.
Without further ado ...
Cozy Car Caddy Tutorial
two pieces of denim (17 x 10 inches and 17 x 6 inches)
one piece of Duck Cloth or other heavy fabric (17 x 10 inches)
gray and yellow felt (gray felt cut to 17 x 3 inches, yellow felt cut into seven 1 x 1/4 inch pieces
White Piping (two 17 inch pieces)
scrap fabric for applique
freezer paper, sponge brush, and acrylic paint
sewing machine and supplies
1. Cut your fabric. I used an old pair of jeans for the denim and duck cloth for the front. Between the two heavy fabrics, it makes for a sturdy car caddy.
2. Take your 17 x 6 inch piece of denim, fold it in half, and press. This will be used for the car pockets. Line up the raw edges of the denim with the bottom on the duck cloth and pin in place. Sew along the bottom edge to secure.
3. Sew vertical lines through all the fabric (3 layers, since the denim is folded in half), spacing the lines 2.75 inches apart. Be sure to back stitch at the top and bottom. If your child is especially rough on pockets, you may consider going over each line a second time.
4. Sew your road piece centered in the top half of the duck cloth. Pin the road dashes in place and sew around each dash using a coordinating thread. Set the duck cloth aside.
5. Add a car applique to the denim backing. Center the car in the bottom half of the denim (see photo below). When the caddy is folded together, the top half of the denim will be inside.
I used scrap cotton fabric for the car body and felt for the wheels. You can use a fusible web like Wonder Under to hold your applique in place. I was all out, so I just pinned and sewed.
6. Add decorative piping to the top and bottom of the denim backing. Actually, add the piping all the way around as well ... I only had enough on hand for the top and bottom. ;)
Line up the raw edge of the piping with the raw edge of the denim. Pin in place and sew in place
along the existing stitch line on the piping.
7. Pin the 6 inch piece of belting to the denim fabric, again lining it up centered on the edge of the bottom half of the denim piece (see photo above). Leave about 1/4 to 1/2 inch overhang, so it will be enclosed between the denim and duck cloth layers when they are sewn together. Stitch the belting in place using about a 1/4 inch seam (go over it a few times for extra strength)
I forgot to take a few pictures at this point ... bear with me.
8. I added my velcro pieces last, but now would actually be a better time to do it. Sew one side of the velcro to the end of your belting strap, and the other piece in the center of your car applique.
9. Lay the denim piece and the duck cloth piece on top of each other, right sides facing together, and pin. Sew around the edges using a 1/4 inch seam (try to follow the seam of the piping along the top and bottom). Leave about a 3 inch gap for turning the caddy right side out.
10. Turn the caddy right side out and pin the opening closed. Sew around the entire outside edge again, closing the opening. Go slowly around the bottom corners - all that denim gets thick.
11. Fold the caddy in half horizontally and make a crease. Sew a seam, following the crease, down the middle of the caddy (between the pockets and the road - see the final product photo for seam placement). This will make the caddy easier to fold up.
12. Using the templates found at the end of this post, cut the numbers out of freezer paper. If you've never done freezer paper stenciling, you can find easy instructions at Angry Chicken (and everywhere else online - do a google search and I promise you'll find tons of help).
I sponged 3 light layers of white acrylic paint for my numbers (let each layer dry before applying another).
Fill your pockets with matchbox cars, and you are ready to roll.
Here's how it folds: Fold the caddy in half so the road meets the pockets. Then fold in thirds. Wrap the strap around the front and velcro closed.
p.s. This project is similar to Sharla's Car Cozie at My Little Gems, who I have just recently gotten acquainted with. If you plan to make this project, you should check out her tutorial as well, since they are different and you might like her construction better.
Also, check out this awesome car caddy/crayon roll combo project at Create Studio. Love it!