Car seat organizer tutorial

Ta Da!  Hey Mom!  Look what I made!  That’s totally what I feel like screaming about these babies…cuz I did this all by myself!  It feels amazing creating something from scratch!  I’ve done it a million times with ingredients for food, but with fabric!?!  Too cool!  I hope you can find some time to organize your car with one of these soon…just follow the steps below, and good luck!


You will need:

ribbon: 2 long pieces (measure around your car seat) and one small piece (measure around your head rest) approx 2 1/2 yards.

Craft weight fusible Interfacing: 1 1/2 yards

4 Grommets

1 yard main canvas weight fabric

1 yard accent canvas weight fabric and back of organizer

1/2 yard accent canvas weight fabric

2 or 3 different color threads to complement your fabric ( I used 3 different colors and fashioned the pattern around the least amount of thread color changes possible)


Cut your pieces:

Fabric A/Accent 1: (teal in pictures)

13 1/2″ x 3″

18 1/2″ x 3″

5 1/2″ x 10 1/4″

18 1/2″ x 23″

Fabric B/Main: (floral in pictures)

2 pieces each 18 1/2″ x 9″

18 1/2″ x 19″

Fabric C/Accent 2: (green circles in pictures)

18 1/2″ x 11″

7″ x 13″

8 1/2″ x 10 1/4″


Seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

Making the Pockets:

Fold 1 of your 18 1/2″ x 9″ pieces from Fabric B and your 18 1/2″ x 19″ piece in half with wrong sides together so that you maintain the 18 1/2″ length.  Press and top stitch along folded edge.  You now have your main upper pocket and your main lower pocket.

Fold 8 1/2″ x 10 1/4″ piece from Fabric C and 5 1/2″ x 10 1/4″ piece from Fabric A in half short ends together, right sides facing and press.  Stitch around from center  bottom to each end at fold leaving an opening for turning.  Backstitch at beginning and ends. Clip corners and turn right side out.  You now have your pencil pocket and your lower accent pocket.  

Fold 7″ x 13″ piece from Fabric C in half short ends together, right sides facing and press.  Stitch along each side only, leaving bottom open.  Clip corners, turn right side out and press.  Top stitch along all three pieces at folded edge.  This last pocket is your upper accent pocket (green circles in pictures).

Attaching the Pockets:

Center your upper accent pocket on your last piece of Fabric B size 18 1/2″ x 9″ ( approx. 6 ” in from edge).  Using an 1/8″ seam allowance, top stitch pocket to Fabric B along sides of pocket only.  I used a triple stretch stitch to adhere all pockets and reinforced the top edge of the pockets further with multiple back stitching/forward stitching to reduce the wear and tear from pulling on the pockets.

Place the lower accent pocket onto the main lower pocket 2 1/2″ from bottom edge and 1 1/2″ in from the right side.

Using a 1/8″ seam, top stitch around sides and bottom, reinforcing at top/opening edges.  I separated the two pieces of fabric that make up the main lower pocket before sewing it on so that my stitching would be hidden inside.  You can do the same when attaching the pencil pocket below.

Mark the pencil pocket with 1 inch lines (7 total).  Place the pencil pocket the same distance in from the left side and bottom of the main lower pocket.  Using 1/8″ seam, adhere pencil pocket to main lower pocket along sides and bottom edge, reinforcing at top/opening edge.  Stitch along each of the 7 lines as well, starting from the bottom working your way up to the opening.

Place the main upper pocket over the upper accent pocket attached to Fabric B.  Place your presser foot against the outside edge of the accent pocket and stitch pieces together.

Place the main lower pocket on top of the 18 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Fabric C.  Measure in 7 3/4″ from the right edge and draw a line from the top of the pocket to the bottom edge.  Stitch along this line, reinforcing at top as usual.  You now have your upper and lower pocket pieces complete.

Completing the front panel:

Place the 13 1/2″ x 3″ piece of Fabric A in 2 1/2″ from the side of your completed upper pocket with right sides facing.  Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the two pieces together.  Press the accent fabric up and top stitch 1/8″.  This is your top grommet piece.

Attach the completed lower pocket to the completed upper pocket by laying the top edge of the lower pocket on top of the bottom edge of the upper pocket with right sides facing.  Use 1/2″ seam allowance.  Press and top stitch accent fabric C.

Place the 18 1/2″ x 3″ piece of Fabric A over the completed lower pocket, right sides facing.  Use 1/2″ seam allowance and sew together.  Press and top stitch bottom grommet piece.

It’s time to attach the back panel to the front, but first you will need to add in your ribbon.  Pin one of your long pieces of ribbon in place near the main upper pocket. (This was an upgrade when I created the second organizer shown in the first picture, so the back piece of my second organizer was cut from my green accent fabric rather than the teal fabric)

With right sides facing one another, line up the front and back pieces.  Measure 1 3/4″ in from both sides and 1/2″ down from top on the wrong side of your top grommet piece and mark with marking pen.  This should leave you with 10″ centered.  Measure 1/2″ in from each edge just above the pockets and mark.  Draw a line from these two marks.  This gives you the angled corners near the top of the organizer.

From the bottom center of the front panel, sew front panel to back panel with 1/2″ seam allowance.  Sew right on top of marked line and all the way around to the bottom center, leaving an opening for turning approx. 8″ wide.  Trim edges and clip corners.

Add interfacing over the wrong side of the front panel piece, fusing in place.

Turn right side out and press.  Top stitch with 1/8″ seam.

Adding the grommets:

I used “no tool required” grommets and would probably not recommend them again, for this project at least.  Also, depending on what you plan to put in your organizer, you might want to opt for a heavier stabilizer than interfacing (at least where the grommets will be placed).

Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for adding the grommets.  I lined up my grommet stencil approx. 3/4″ from the top corners, cut out the circle of fabric and added the grommet.  The bottom grommets were closer to 1/2″ from the edge.

Attach the organizer to your car using the last 2 pieces of ribbon.  I chose a ribbon color that was close to my car leather color.

And there you have it!  I hope you enjoy yours as much as my kids and I am enjoying mine!


  1. Posted 2 Sep 11 at 8:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    AWESOME job!!! WAy to go! So very proud!

  2. mandylifeboats
    Posted 7 Oct 11 at 7:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    great tutorial, u made it seem so easy.

  3. Posted 6 May 12 at 7:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Amei a ideia e o tutorial!! Beijos.

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