15 Free Sewing Patterns to Help Fix a Messy Car!


It is simply appalling how little car designers care for us being able to organize the stuff in our cars. Because of that, letting kids, husbands, and friends ride in your car can make it messy! I would never presume to say that you leave a mess in your car. So, whether you are trying to collect trash, organize travel essentials, or keep your purse off the floor, here is a DIY project to help. Upgrade your car and say goodbye to the mess with these fun sewing ideas.

DIY Car Trash Bin

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This ingenious DIY car trash bin holds a removable plastic bag. That way, the trash bin that you made stays clean. Say goodbye to trash on the floor of your car!

Car Trash Bag

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Heather Handmade also has a car trash bag tutorial. Her version is different, with an easy boxy shape and a single snap to hold the bag closed. It can be used behind a headrest or in other various areas in your car.

Car Visor Organizer

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The DIY Car Visor Organizer pattern has a zippered pocket, card slots, a vinyl pocket for things you don’t want to lose, a sunglasses holder, and more. Put all your stuff up and away.

A Miracle Caddy

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If you are all in and looking for a luxury organizer, try out this incredible Miracle Caddy, complete with sturdy handles and outside pockets all the way around. You will have a place for everything you need while you travel.

Six Pocket Car Caddy

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Have pockets for ALL the things with the Six Pocket Car Caddy. Everything will be within reach for the kids in the back! I love the clever use of grommets and a bungee cord at the bottom. It’s similar to the hanging pockets below.

Tissue Pack Holder

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I always need tissues when I’m in the car, so having this cute tissue pack cover with a hanging loop is so handy. You could make a bigger one to hold baby wipes!

Car Diddy Bag

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Let me introduce you to the Car Diddy Bag. This chic little organizer is here to make your life easier; believe me, it will! You can use the larger opening for trash, cords, or snacks while keeping your phone and pens in the two outer pockets. There is even a hidden zipper pocket for stashing an emergency bit of cash or a credit card.

Mesh Car Organizer

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Get super organized with my Mesh Car Organizer. It will help you keep your purse or bag off the floor and out of the way, and there are also pockets for your phone, glasses, or anything else.

The Pocket Pod Basket

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The Pocket Pod Basket can be used as a car trash bin (with or without a plastic bag liner) or a catch-all to help you organize small items in your car. Instead of a long strap like the Car Diddy Bag, it has a shorter loop that you can hang from a purse hook. There are pockets that you can place on the outside or the inside of the basket.

Hanging Pockets

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Let kids watch an iPad while you drive using these hanging pockets. There is room in the pocket below for kids’ books, coloring items, or snacks.

Fabric Storage Bin

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For the back of the car, sew a fabric storage bin with a vinyl window so you can see what’s inside. This is perfect for holding all the items you need to keep in the back of the car, but you don’t want to make a mess.

A-Frame Organizer

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The A-Frame Organizer is a handy case with pockets on the outside and the inside. There are cut-out handles to make it easy to grab and go!

Sturdy Fold Up Baskets

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A lidded bin might not be right for the back of your car, so what about a sturdy fabric bin? These sturdy fold-up baskets are the same size as Ikea cubbies, so they hold a lot.

Peek-a-Boo Pouches

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This easy-to-sew pouch has vinyl pockets to organize cosmetics or make a travel first aid kit. The Peek-a-Boo Pouch pattern even has a video tutorial.

Car Trash Bag #2

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I love this car trash bag variation from A Spoonful of Sugar. It cleverly hides a margarine tub – that’s what makes it stay open!

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