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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Sewn Toy Car Holder

By: Fawnda Norman for Fireflies and Jellybeans

Keep your son's toy cars organized in this cute Sewn Toy Car Holder by Fawnda Norman.  You won't find many sewing patterns online that are as adorable and easy as this one!

 

 

Materials:

  • 3 - 13.5 X 7 inch rectangles of fabric. I used denim from a pair of old jeans, black flannel (for the road), and a car flannel
  • ribbon (yellow works great to be part of the road)
  • Optional: Fusible fleece
  • Sewing machine (with other sewing tools: scissors, thread, etc.


Instructions:

  1. Iron your fabric. Pick out which one you want to be the pocket, fold it in half and iron across the crease.


     
  2. Optional: I also ironed on the fusible Fleece to the top of the back side of the black flannel. This was to give the "road" a little more stability and cushion.


     
  3. Open your pocket and on the BACK side make vertical lines up to the crease at 3", 5.5", 8" and 10.5"


     
  4. Now we are going to set up our pocket: Place your pocket (folded back down) onto the TOP side of the black flannel.


     
  5. Then, flip open the pocket and pin into place on the bottom half.


     
  6. Sew on your vertical lines that you made, being sure to stop at the fold crease. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of each line.


     
  7. Here is what the back looks like:


     
  8. Flip your pocket down and sew two line across the top of the black flannel to make a road. DO NOT sew on the pocket!


     
  9. Place your ribbon on your road. I used a measuring tape to make sure that it was straight across. Pin your ribbon in place.



     
  10. Sew on your ribbon. I sew down each side.



     
  11. Here is what it looks like now:



     
  12. Cut off a piece of ribbon that is about 32' long and fold it in half. Pen it to where the yellow ribbon on your road is with the length of the ribbon going onto the car roll. (This is going to be our tie)



     
  13. Put the denim piece on top of the car roll (Right sides together).



     
  14. Make sure that your tie ribbon is on the INSIDE... or it will come out backwards!



     
  15. Sew around the outside edge of the car roll, making sure to leave a 3-4 inch opening to flip it right side out.



     
  16. Flip the car roll right side out and iron on the creases of the seams. Top sew your opening closed and you are ALL DONE!


     
  17. Put some cars in it and roll it up and tie it!

 

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What a great idea for traveling long or even short distances in your car. What little boy( or girl even) does not want to take a hand full of cars with him and then does not want to pick them up and bring back in when getting back home. This is so simple and easy to make and keeps them in place in car instead of all over the seats. This is a must have. Anyone use this for traveling?

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