The Car Organizer Pattern

The Car Organizer Pattern is available here.

I am really excited about how this pattern turned out!  Huge thanks to my test-sewers for their suggestions and design suggestions.

Cindy of Revel Designs
Lara of Thornberry
Michelle of Greeting Arts
Mika of Froggy Girl Designs
Jenn of Trying Traditional

Here are some closeups:
On the floor in the front of the van.  I took Karen’s suggestion (great idea, Karen!) to have a pocket for recharging the phone and to hold some pens.  Fabric combo on this one is Midwest Modern and a pillowcase I had.

Car Organizer

Who knew I’d become a plastic surgeon during this process?
Those are my legs – ugly veins photoshopped out. :o)


An aerial view:

Car Organizer

Sitting on the back seat between the kids (fabric is Ginger Blossom):

Car Organizer

Filled with things to keep the kids busy on the road:

Car Organizer

And the best part? The seatbelt flap that prevents the organizer from flying off the seat! All credit for this design element goes to Lara and her hubby. Thank you!

seatbelt flap

 And finally, one more cute fabric combo- Midwest modern and Ginger Blossom.

Car Organizer

How can I be so excited about a box?  I don’t know, but I am!

Pattern is available on my site here.

79 Responses to “The Car Organizer Pattern”

  1. 1 Dena Berg July 1, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Well, I am excited too! You know I am crazy about your idea. These patterns are going to fly off the shelf for you! I hope you bulk ordered. Love the new site too! So crisp and clean. Love it!

  2. 3 Jenn July 1, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I loved sewing this project and will post a pic on my new blog as my old adoption one I do not post to anymore (though if anyone is interested in international adoption there is a TON of info on that blog still.)

    Thanks for the opportunity to give it a try and the pattern looks great!

  3. 4 Melanie July 1, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Very nice, thanks for the photos. It’s always nice to see a project in use. I love the seatbelt idea, and it would be great for tucking grocery ads, or a city map into if it was being used up front. My mother in law’s van could desperately use this… so I’ll put it onto my list of things to make for Christmas.

  4. 5 Marnie July 1, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I love your new website! Ill be back often!

  5. 6 Lola July 1, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I have the pattern, and I’m going to start on it tomorrow!! My friend is opening a fabric store, and asked me to make one for display. I was thrilled because I have been wanting on e since you first started posting about it!

  6. 7 Karen July 2, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for the link! I’m so happy it has a cell phone pocket. I ordered my pattern on Monday. My goal is to have it done before I leave for a road trip next week. Crossing my fingers!!!!

  7. 8 H.E.Eigler July 2, 2008 at 9:21 am

    I must have one for my minivan but I’ll never get around to sewing it 😦 Do you sell them ready made? I love the one with the trash compartment… latte cups are taking over! Email me 🙂

  8. 9 Joanne (The Simple Wife) July 2, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Wow! I think it makes total sense to get excited about a box–especially such lovely ones!

    Kinda makes me miss my van…

  9. 10 fromthenarrows July 2, 2008 at 10:16 am

    LOVE it! I can easily see three of these in my van, one for me, one for the kids and one for the dog! I think I am going to have to get the pattern. Is it relatively easy to make, as in do you think I can do it?

  10. 11 randomrevelations July 2, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I use Both of the ones I have! One for the car, and one by the stairs to corral all misplaced things. Dave’s been asking for one. Maybe you can trade him services!!

  11. 12 dot July 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    that’s really cute! i might have to add it to my list of projects to try…


  12. 13 Jenni July 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    How cute! What a great idea!

  13. 14 mskathy July 2, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    This is SO wonderful!! Will you be selling these premade for those of us that are sewing challenged?

  14. 15 Bec July 2, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    This is so cool! I’m going to have to pass it along!

  15. 16 alice July 2, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Wow — you should definitely sell those! I’d buy one in a jiffy. Great design.

  16. 18 Christi July 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Cool! I hope to make one someday. (We have that same 1-100 dot to dot book.)

  17. 19 Fiona (Dragonfly-Crafts) July 4, 2008 at 4:30 am

    What great organisers. Love the fabrics and patterns. Such great ideas. Wish my car was large enough to have one in it.

  18. 20 Casey July 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I love this!! I must make a couple! well, if the first one turns out good 🙂

  19. 21 debra cooper July 8, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I can’t tell you how much I love this!! Your mix of fabrics make it look even cooler. I would love to make one, but I’m terrified of using all that interfacing. I think I need to get over that!

  20. 22 Cairen Ballstaedt July 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    So that organizer is awesome! I love it and I really want to get the pattern and make one, but I ordered the diaper bag pattern from you like in November and still have not finished it … but I was wondering if you sold already made ones any where?

  21. 23 Ann July 8, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    LOVE it! However, my sewing skills are quite limited; do you sell them already made?

  22. 24 amandajean July 9, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I’ve gotten pretty excited over a box I made, too, so I understand. 🙂

  23. 25 rebecca July 10, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Hey you!!
    I have been commenty challenged these days…but I still peak my head in from time to time! I am so proud of you, of your designs and quality in creativity and craft. Definately hang up the patterns…or at least pics of the bags…to keep it flowing. And I think there is a huge market to sell the “already made” for those of us that are sewing “challenged”. Happy summer, and rock climbing is over rated, at least for those of us with kids, hee hee

  24. 26 Kim July 11, 2008 at 11:33 am

    LOVE IT! I have a basket I tote because hubby and I switch cars a lot and it’s nice to have to only move 1 thing — but I love how yours is so organized. I’m on it! :)K

  25. 27 Mary July 12, 2008 at 11:19 am

    That is completely fabulous!

  26. 28 Kimmie July 14, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I love this and I am insanely jealous that you have room on the seat to put this. We are currently in a 8 seater suburban named Katrinka who is full with all of us. We are waiting on God to add two more children to our family (and thus a larger tank). Perhaps in the new car we could use several of these…how many do you recommend for 8 children. 😉

    Not sure I have the skill needed to sew this, but it truly is amazing.

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

  27. 29 caila611 July 18, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    I have been looking for a pattern for this!!! I can’t wait to get it and start sewing!!

  28. 30 mb July 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    could i ever use one of these, two of these. i randomly landed here after searching for a fabric with a mod pattern of green apples (want to TRY to make a curtain for my girls closet). i am not crafty, though i wish i could be.

    can i order one of these pre-made????


  29. 32 Tina L February 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I just finished making one of these. I love it! That pattern was incredibly detailed and very easy to follow. Thank you for a great product.

    • 33 craftapple February 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Tina,

      Thanks for letting me know! This is probably my most difficult pattern (it took me 6 long months to write) so it is SO good to know you conquered it! Congrats! Linda

  30. 34 Megan November 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I would like to purchase one already made – is this possible?

  31. 35 Jillian April 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Do you sell these already made?

  32. 36 Maria July 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I love this, but I see people talking about buying the patterns, but I don’t see where to do that. Where Cain find that out?

  33. 38 Erika September 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    do you sell them already made? I NEED one

    • 39 craftapple September 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      I am sorry. I have sold the few that I made to sell and just don’t have the time to make more. Is there someone you know who can sew one for you from the pattern?



  34. 40 Jen December 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Do you know anyone who sales these? I’m a beginner sewer. Not sure I’m ready for something like this but I want it!!

  35. 41 Cáu Cláudia de Lucca January 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    please, what kind of stabilizer do you recommend? I don’t find it here in Brazil, and I need to buy the right one on Ebay…

  36. 42 Jennah January 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    How do I purchase one of these! Love it!

  37. 43 errandgirls26 February 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I’d love to order one of these from you!! Can you make one in an ocean/beach or shell pattern?
    How much would you charge including shipping?

  38. 44 wallis April 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    What helps hold the trash bag in? Is it the D-rings?

    • 45 craftapple April 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Yes, the D-rings keep the bag from sinking to the bottom of the trash compartment. They don’t keep the bag open, though. You’ll have to do that periodically as trash is thrown.

  39. 46 Luce June 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Really cool idea. I will be using in Brasil!

  40. 47 carolyn treadway July 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I would love to buy cause I can’t sew.

  41. 49 Jessica Strange July 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    How did you make the physical pattern? I’m working on a pattern to sell for a tote and can’t find a software I like. Any suggestions would be appreciated! And I love the organizer! I’ve been thinking of making one for my van.

  42. 51 Antonio Buitrago (@Tiamant77) September 14, 2013 at 1:34 am

    esta muy bonito el organizador.♣ FELICITACIONES ♣

  43. 52 Tamra Augostino October 1, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I love this organizer. I’m not a seamstress – does anyone know where I could buy one already made?

  44. 53 Jennifer Anderson October 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I have been looking for an idea for keeping my stuff organised while driving 8 hours to our country place. This is great. Thank you.

  45. 54 Bonnie Varga June 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Love love this idea, can I have the directions please?

  46. 55 Ben Schultz October 1, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Excellent idea, but not for South Africa! There is too much “Window-shopping” here and when you return to the car, it will be gone! And have a broken window to boot!

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    Is this washable?

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Craft Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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