March 13, 2010

Car Seat Back Organizer

I really wanted to make a seat back organizer that also doubled as an educational tool. This not only has pockets for storing toys and books, but also has a clear pocket for holding cards. This particular card teaches my daughter a new letter, and while we drive we look for things that start with that letter.
I have also seen people make a money chart to teach the difference between coin denominations. Whatever kind of information you put there, a short or long car ride gives one more chance to learn.

-First I measured the size of my seat back. I added 2 inches to the length and width to allow for folding under the edges. This project is great because it is very forgiving.
-I took some fabric that I liked and made it double thick (for stability) before cutting it to the size that I had measured.
- I also cut one pocket for the bottom. This I also made double thick. I cut it the same width as my base, and measured the height that I wanted and added 1 inch to that for folding the top edge.
- Fold the top pocket edge under twice and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Then, line the pocket up at the bottom of the base.
- Fold the edges under twice all the way around - this will include the pocket sides and bottom.
- Sew with a 1/4 in seam allowance all the way around. It would probably make it easier to iron down the folds before sewing, if you have the patience:)
- Sew one line up the middle of the pocket if you want to divide it into 2 pockets
- The clear pocket is made with clear vinyl. You can buy it by the yard at the fabric store. I made it just bigger than a half sheet of paper, so that making my own cards would be easy. After sewing it down, I sewed rick rack over the edges to make it cute.
- As you can see in the picture below, I used button holes to allow the head rest rods to go through and hold my organizer into place.

-Lastly, measure with your elastic around the back of the seat of your car. Sew the ends of the elastic to each of the edges at the bottom of your organizer. This will wrap around the bottom of the seat of your car to hold the base down.


  1. You made my day to see your comment on our blog. I DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD THIS AWESOME CRAFTY LINDSAY BLOG!! This is perfect for you. I love your ideas. Yes, I blogged stalked you.. Hope everything is wonderful. I do wish we were closer too! Love you.

  2. Might have to do this! Does your daughter pull the other cards out, or are they unreachable?