Nifty Car Organizer




This cool back seat car organizer is ideal for those long summer trips. The organizer has loops to hang it on the wall in the kids room when it's not in the car.
Let the kids fill the organizer up with activities, snacks and toys at home before you leave, and they can enjoy hours of fun on the road with the favorite things they packed up.
This organizer would also work for bigger "kids", before you leave pack maps, cell phone charger, i pod and other needed items in it to have them handy on the road.

The basic model could be altered into so many other purposes, jewelry, toys, mail, accessories, sewing, knitting/ crocheting needles etc, you can decorate it any way you want with fabric and patches. A real multipurpose creation. Another perk is that when you don't need it, it folds into a little space until needed again.

If you don't feel like getting the scissors out, the organizer can also be purchased at

Step 1: Here's What You Need to Get Started.

*Pick out fabric that you like. You can get creative with cutting out the different pieces from different fabric. You can also use patches or applique to spruce it up. You can get as creative as you like.
*lace, ribbon or quilter's binding.
*plastic ring or key ring (optional).

Other tools needed: Sewing machine with yarn, scissors

You can measure your car seat and adjust the size of the organizer accordingly. I measured the back of our car(toyota yaris)seat, and decided an organizer sized 14"x20" would be a good fit. Next I measured the distance around seat, going from where the top of the organizer would be up around the seat to the frontside and down through between the backrest and seat cushions to the bottom of the backside where the bottom of the organizer would be. Add a couple of inches so that you can sew it onto the organizer.

My measurements for the pieces are listed on the pictures.

Step 2: Starting With the Chords.

Lets start with the chords/laces to hang the organizer with. If you are using folded quilter's binding, like I am in the picture, sew the open side shut. Cut 2 pieces of velcro into about 2" strips and sew them to the end of the laces.
Sew the other half of the velcro on the bottom of the largest piece (16"x22") of fabric, see picture.

I wanted to make a closing flap for one of the top pockets, so the next image is for that. When youre done, add the flap to the top of the organizer, fold over twice and sew the edge finishing it.

Next take the long ribbons with velcro at the end and sew them on the top of the organizer. I sewed the plastic loops at the same time under the lace. Make sure that the laces and velcro are facing the right way when you wrap it around the seat.

Step 3: Put on the Top Pocket

Now we are ready to add the first pocket on.
Place the long narrow pice on the top, as in the image. zigzag fold the middle to make it fit properly, with the end being even with the edges of the organizer. Check where the other half of the velcro goes and pic that in place, take the middle of the zig zag fold and sew that in place. If you are using folded quilters binding, leave a little space unsewn at the bottom so that you can wrap the binding around the bottom of the pocket flap.
Now sew these parts.

Second place the lace over the bottom edge of the pocket and sew through all three layers (pocket, lace, organizer backing) to finish the bottom.

Step 4: The Other Pockets.

Now take the other pockets and cut out little squares from the bottom corners to give them so dimention. (For an easier alternative, you can make these pockets by just pleating the extra fabric on the bottom when you sew it.)
Sew the corners shut, laving a little part at the end unsewn. See image.

Place the big pocket in its place and sew the bottom edge on the organizer. See image.
When youre done, sew the other two pockets the same way, with the borroms attached.

Step 5: Space Between the Pockets.

Now to finish the space between the pockets, take a piece of the lace and sew it to cover the edges between the pockets. See pictures.

Step 6: The Last Side Edges

Now all that is left are the side edges. Line up all the pocket edges with the organizer backing edges and fold them two times to so that the edges wont fray. Be careful to fold the pocekt edges nicely with the other fabric. Pin and sew.
Repeat on the other side.

Take a deep breath, you are all done! Now go out to the car and try it out!

Step 7: Fill It Up

Now you can hang some nails in the kids room and hang the organizer in there ready to wait for the next trip.



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    14 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Really nice article. Very relevant. I read a similar article way back gave me a different perspective of organizing my truck. If you have 4 kids and always on a road trip i am sure you will understand why. Made me grab two organizers and that practically changed the look of my truck.


    1 year ago

    Awesome article, very relevant. Having a couple of kids and always on the road, its really difficult to keep a tight ship, more so keeping the car organized. Our truck practically looked like a high school locker room. Then i read this article about and it gave me a great idea. Purchased one and the rest was history. Picked up two actually, and our truck never looked better.


    2 years ago

    If you find a good and nifty car organizer, you will find yourself lucky to find such storage treasures! It is like finding some items in your house that you are almost going to throw away but decided not to and put into auction or good use. This type of organizer looks nothing fantastic, but if there is enough room for storage of kids’ items, it will be worth having it (and not throwing it away!).


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Fantastic idea! You could also add pieces of cardboard for stiffness. Gonna try this one for sure


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea - why limit users to kids? My normal passengers are a pair of felines who don't carry a bunch of stuff around for amusement - so I'll put mine on the FRONT of the passenger seat and fill it up my own self! Thanks!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Sweet... I can finally make one myself out of recycled stuff, that actually matches my personality! Thanks!!!!!!!


    9 years ago on Step 1

    How are the two 16 by 22 pieces different sizes in the picture? Am I misreading something from the instructions?

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

    Oh sorry, butterfingers. The piece on the right is obviously smaller, it should be closer to 14" x 14". Thanks for noticing that. :)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I really hate to be a spelling nazi, but it's "cord" (no H). That aside, I totally love this tutorial! I have just the perfect fabric to match our silver New Beetle!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    For those of us who don't glue or fabric glue can also work. I made two of these years ago out of a remnant of upholstery fabric that matched our car.....used hot glue, too! They lasted quite awhile!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    My sister and I refer to these as 'obstacles'. Because the person behind dad has a knee-clash with the thing and everything he's stuffed into it... Nicely done and good finish though. L

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    LOL, I guess you could call it that. I guess it would depend on how many kids you're packing in the car and how big your car/SUV is. It doesn't stick out more than a couple of inches from the back of the seat.