Glovebox/Ashtray Trash Pouch




Introduction: Glovebox/Ashtray Trash Pouch

Vehicles have a lot of bells and whistles but they don't have any where to put your trash other than you're ashtray and passenger floor board. I'm going to show you how to make a pretty simple trash pouch that can fold up in you're ashtray or glove box and be easily removed to be emptied and washed. So without further ado, lets get started

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Step 1: Supplies Needed

Fabric ( use whatever fabric you want, I'm using some cheap fabric I got on sale at Walmart for 1.50$ a yard) The lighter the fabric the easier and more compact it will fold up.


tape measure

sewing machine or glue


Compass or bowl/plate


String (optional)

Step 2: Measure and Cut

We are going to make the cylinder for our pouch first. To measure the height and width of your fabric you need to do a little math. I want my pouch to be about 6" diameter x 12" tall but yours can be as tall and wide as you want. The width of your fabric is going to determine the diameter of your pouch. Find a diameter you are comfortable with or how wide you want your pouch to be. I want the diameter of mine to be about 6" so I'm going to multiply that number by 3.14 to find the width of my fabric.

6 x 3.14 = 18.84 width. I made mine an even 19" to make it easier. Now measure and cut your fabric. Mine measures 12" x 19"

Step 3: Fold and Sew/glue

Fold your fabric in half so it measure 12" x 8" and sew along the dotted red line. If you are gluing, glue the inside of the fabric along the dotted line

Step 4: Measure and Cut the Circle for Your Base

Based on the diameter or distance of the inside of your cylinder, measure a circle that is a little larger than your diameter. Mine is 6" in diameter so I am measuring a circle 6.5". The best way to measure this is use a compass but there may be something is your house with the right diameter. A bowl, plate, pot anything you can use as a guide would work. I used a bowl to create my circle. Once you have your circle, cut it.

Step 5: Sew/glue Your Circle to Your Cylinder

Sew your circle to the inside of your cylinder. Make sure your cylinder is still turned inside out. This can get a little tricky just take your time. Keep both ends together as you sew. If you are gluing, glue one piece at a time. The extra length in your circle is going to help when sewing or gluing as it gives a little extra slack to work with. Once you are done, flip your pouch inside out again. Congrats! The hardest part is done.

Step 6: Cut an Extra Strip of Fabric

my extra piece measure 1" by 7". This is the piece that holds your pouch in your ashtray or glove box.

Step 7: Sew/ Glue Your Strip of Fabric

Sew the strip of fabric to the outside of your pouch. Sew it along the seam so the seam isn't showing when its hanging in your vehicle. Now attach the piece of Velcro to the other end of the strip. The Velcro can be attached to the front or back of the strip depending on your car. You can sew it or glue it in place. I sewed mine on the front for use in my ash tray.

Step 8: Attach Velco to Desired Location

I stuck a piece of Velcro under my ashtray to attach my pouch to it. I used my ashtray so i could fold it up when I'm not using it. If you use your ashtray, see the next step for glove box instructions.

Step 9: Attach Velcro to the Inside of Your Glovebox

Find a good spot in your glove box to hang your pouch. I put mine on the left side of the glove box to give the passenger, if ever there was one, some room. Close your glove box when in use and when its not being used, fold it up and slip it in your glove box. When it needs to be emptied just detach it from the Velcro.

Step 10: A Couple Variations

Instead of attaching the strap you can attach a Velcro with a string in the middle so it can hang directly from your dash. You can add a grocery bag for added protection. But most importantly, get creative. This is you're pouch.

Thanks for viewing guys. I hope this helps keep trash out of your doors and floor and if you have any questions about this tutorial leave a comment.

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    5 years ago

    Great idea!! :-)