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These instructions are to make your own organizer for your long roadtrips by helping organize the very important navagation equiptment (ie. your map, compass, flashlight...) all in one place.

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Step 1: Materials needed.

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Materials:
Upholstery fabric- 1/2 yard
Canvas fabric- 1/4 yard
Cotton accent fabric- 1/4 yard
Upholstery thread
Plastic stabilizer 2 sheets- I just cut the cover of a plastic folder
5" zipper
Velcro
Spray adhesive
Upholstery needles
Handheld compass
Your map
Small flashlight
Pen
Notebook

All sewing done is using a straight stitch and sewn by hand except for the stitching around the entire edge, which is whipstitches.

Step 2: Cutting fabric.

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Cut upholstery fabric in to two rectangles measuring approximately 13"(33.0mm) by 17"(35.5mm).

Decide what you want pockets for and gather those items.
Cut the inner pockets out of the canvas material. Measure these by placing your items onto the fabric and add 1/2"(1.3mm) around the edges for your seam allowance.

Cut the accent fabric in to several 1"(2.5mm) wide strips.

Step 3: Ironing.

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Iron all the edges around the pockets you just cut out to prevent fraying after being sewn on.

Also iron the edges of the cut accent fabric strips inward.

Step 4: Sewing small pockets on.

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Sew the top edge of the pockets that are ironed down to make a clean looking and prevent fraying from use.

Place the smaller pockets are will go on to the larger pocket and pin.

Sew the side edge and the bottom edge of these to create a pocket.

Step 5: Making the zippered pocket.

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For the zipper have the material cut to be the height of the front and back together, plus your seam allowance. The width should be as wide as the zipper.

Fold as shown and iron creases (values in pictures are approximate).

Place zipper onto bottom of seam clearances created from the creases just made and sew zipper onto fabric.

Attach the pocket just made onto the inside upholstery by folding over side edges and sewing around the side edges and the bottom.

Step 6: Sew on large patches to inner upholstery fabric.

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Place your large pockets on the interrior upholstery fabric and pin around the edges. Like on the small pockets sew around the side edges and the bottom leaving the top open for the pocket.
I am sewing this right now :)
CoolHat173 years ago
I hate sewing... so I made this out of duct tape :D
abadfart5 years ago
i have a compass on my windshield you might want to look in to that i bought mine at big box store for $5
bowmaster6 years ago
I never drive or navigate but I can adapt this to hold my mp3 player, a small book, and a mini camera.
magda7 years ago
We road trip all the time and I am the navigator. I usually have everything stuffed into a large tote, where it gets full of trash, pencils break, etc. This is such a great solution and is sending me to the old material stash.. I'm going to use iron-on tape when ironing the edges of the pockets under to reinforced them. Since I have a sewing machine, I'll also use my double-needle mode where convenient. I may do velcro too. Never thought about a good flat compass to include for our hiking. 5 stars!