Roll Up Glove-box Essentials Caddy!

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 Roll Up Glove-box Essentials Caddy!
With rows of pockets for the perfect in car storage system!
 The backside has a large zipper pocket,
Perfect for important papers, notes, or maps!
(does anyone use maps these days?)
 Rolls up and ties!
Perfect storage and organization for important glove-box items!

What kinds of things are essential to keep in the car?
scissors, knife, multi-tool, safety pins, buttons, sewing kit, gum, floss,
hair bands and clips, pens/pencils/markers, comb, girl treats, nail care,
tweezers (we all know the lighting reveals all stray hairs while in the car),
car charger, tire pressure gauge, bug spray, chapstick, allergy meds, lighter...
and all those important documents!
Did I miss anything?
 To get started you will need:
Fabric:  9 by 22 inches (2)
7 by 22 inches (1)
Clear vinyl: 4 by 22 inches (1)
1/2" Double fold bias tape: 88 inches
Quilted batting fabric: 9 by 22 inches (1)
Sewing machine
(standard presser foot, zipper foot and non stick foot)
22 inch zipper
24 inch ribbon
scissors and pins
 The non stick foot is great for sewing on things that aren't porous.
It helps it slide while sewing on the clear vinyl.
 Start by sewing the double fold bias tape to the top edge of the clear vinyl
as well as the 7 inch fabric, in my case, polka dots!
 Next sew the clear vinyl to the polka dot fabric.
Use the non stick foot.
Sew little division lines on the clear and the polka dot fabric as often as you want.
You can make random sizes, keep them uniform or really tailor it to your needs.
I did 9 pockets.
 For the backside:
Cut 2 inches off the top of the fabric.
Sew double edged bias tape on the 2 edges that will line up with your zipper.
This makes it look cute!
Now get that zipper foot out and sew on the zipper.
 Down one side...and down the other.
Make sure the zipper tracks have plenty of space and the fabric wont snag while zipping.
Sew the ends to secure the zipper.
Now you have the front and the back.
Stack them like a sandwich: batting, zippered piece, and then the pocket piece...
 The pocket piece is folded over the top of the zipper piece.
Make sure that the zipper and the pocket piece are both the right direction up,
with the right sides together, you are ready to sew the pieces together.
Start by pinning the layers together.
Start a straight stitch 1/3 of the way to the corner at the top.
sew, turn the corner, sew, corner, sew, corner, sew, corner, and then sew a little bit more!
Stop after sewing 1/3 of the top from the corner.
(make sense?)
This should leave the middle of the top open, but all your corners perfectly sewn.
 Now turn the pouch right side out using that hole in the top.
Press out all 4 corners.
Now all we need to do is fold in the fabric at the hole and sew it shut.

 I sewed a straight stitch all across the top edge.
Fold your ribbon in half, sew it on one edge of the caddy with the pattern side folded in.
This way when you wrap the roll, the pattern will show.
Writing sewing directions is hard, hope the pictures are more clarifying!
Here's the top of the roll bag!
 And the zipper side!
 Here's the loads of junk I need to organize!
 Ta Da!
And it's even cute!
 Roll it up and tie it pretty!
 Fits with room to spare in the glove box!
Full of everything I'll need while riding shotgun in the car!'s the prettiest thing in the car!

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Unknown said…
This is so awesome!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:
Think Bowtique said…
This is perfect, so need to make one for my car. Love the pink bow to tie it together.
Wendy said…
this is a great idea, I really need one of these! Thanks for the tutorial
Elsa said…
I love this idea! thank you for the tutorial!
Brandi Speziale said…
Great idea! I love how the zipper is not only functional but becomes a design element! Added to Pinterest :)
Unknown said…
This is so cool! I'm going to use it for tote bags, though. What a great gift!

And YES I USE MAPS! I am a "big picture" and "north is always up" gal and can't stand the GPS. The GPS "lady" and I have arguments all the time, much to my hubby's dismay, who "loves" her LOL!
Excellent idea and excellent tutorial. thank you !
Unknown said…
Love this idea. Plan to make one for each of my adult children and their spouses for their Christmas stockings.
Karin Vogeleer said…
Hi there!! I was looking for ages to find a good working selution to bag al my quilt stuff now making it!! Ty for sharing it!!
Jennifer said…
Great tutorial, thank you! I made a few minor adjustments which I found suited my tastes better. I will be adding a quilted flap to the top of the roll. The first roll I made, I had the issue of things falling out onto the floor of my car and rolling around(no bueno when driving and trying to get to that map in the glove box roll!). I also added a lining to my pocket piece, just to give It a more finished look. For the first roll. I didn't have any vinyl on hand, so I used that mesh webbing stuff. It worked just fine, I sewed bias right on that, as I would have with the vinyl. For the new and improved version, I plan to use vinyl :) just because I finally bought some.
Kathy said…
What a clever project! I think you could put it into a tote bag and only need a wallet and hairbrush to go anywhere! I have the usual jumble in my glove box with my paperwork in a torn turquoise envelope (I figure the bright color will let me find it easier if ever pulled over!
Unknown said…
Such a good idea, thanks for this great tutorial.
Wonda Faith said…
What a cute idea! Can't wait to try. TY.
Helena said…
This is such a lovely and very useful project. And we still use maps when we travel! Thank you for sharing this great idea with us.
Unknown said…
I would like to make this as a trifold, like a wallet instead of closing with a ribbon and use it for a passport/boarding pass wallet at the back and things you need during a flight in the pockets.
I like the idea of a flap to stop things falling out.
Tía Paula said…
Thank you, this is great!
LadyGrey said…
Thank you for your great tutorial. I look forward to making these as gifts.