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Car Journeys

Anyone with children will know that they do not always take well to car journeys, they all have their thresholds as to how long they can stick being sat in the same position with not an awful lot to do. My little boy’s personal threshold is about 20-30mins; which is fine when we’re just driving locally, but when we wanted to go and see a friend in Bristol (about 1hr15mins) this weekend I knew we might encounter some problems. So turning to Pinterest for a little inspiration I came across a ‘car caddy’. It looked like it might be the solution and not all that difficult to make so I set about making one. I didn’t need a tutorial for this as I had my vision based on the different types I had seen on Pinterest.

I will share with you how I decide to make my version of the ‘car caddy’.

I started with a piece of fabric, folded over and ironed in some interfacing as I wanted the end product to have some stiffness to it, without this I didn’t feel he would be able to play with it as it would just fall through his lap when any pressure was applied with his toy cars.

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I also sewed this in for extra support.

Next I wanted to add the pockets or ‘garages’ for the cars, so took a piece of fabric and sewed this to the bottom of my existing piece, then it was a case of figuring out how many pockets I could fit across the length without making them too big or small 5 worked out lovely in this case.

Then of course we needed a road, so I found out an old pair of black jeans that I knew would have a purpose someday. Cutting the leg in half and trimming to size this could now also be sewn in place.

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Now to add some finishing touches and neaten the edges. I used some selvedge for my white lines, and put bias binding round the edges to stop the fabric from catching and snagging.

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The results are not too bad and Ethan loved it, kept him quiet/amused the whole journey.

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Carrier bag holder

So I’m new to this blogging malarkey, but here’s a bit about me to get started.

I’m a mum to a beautiful boy, and a little girl on the way as well as partner to a 35-year-old manchild. I have a reawakened passion for sewing, knitting, crochet and in fact most things crafty.

I have decided to start this blog to share my passion with others, and if you take something from this then great, if not it is at least an outlet for my crazy babble whilst I type out the projects I have been creating.

Firstly (that’s by no means to say it’s my first ever sewing attempt) I’d like to share with you a little problem I had. You may have had the same problem too. It involves carrier bags, we all get them from the supermarket, and we’re all told to re-use them. Great, but where on earth do you store them in between shopping trips. I’ve tried in a drawer, under the sink, in fact they lived on top of the cupboard for a while, which was not great as being pregnant made them difficult to access. so we have gone from this:

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to this:
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Using just a scrap of fabric, a little elastic, and a small piece of bias binding I have created a solution, which will have saved my sanity just a small amount.
I can’t take full credit for this one as I did use this tutorial with a minor change. The change being that I used a different size of fabric. I didn’t feel that I needed a full Fat Quarter and I had an 18″x15″ scrap of fabric handy so it just seemed right.

Any questions please feel free, and I will do my best to answer what I can.

Until next time…..