DIY Toy Car Tote Tutorial

Guest Post by Megan

I made this hot wheels car tote as a birthday gift for a friend’s son. It is fairly simple to make, however the details can be quite time consuming. You can make this project as detailed as you want or more simple. Either way, it is really cute!

To make your very own car tote, you will need the following supplies:

- Two 17×10″ pieces of fabric in coordinating colors (I chose blue and green)

- One 17×6″ piece of fabric to make the pockets for the cars (again, I chose blue, however it would be cute to incorporate a fun car fabric as well)

- One 17×3″ piece of black/gray fabric or felt for the road

- Scrap fabric to make applique if desired (I made the letter “C” for the little boy’s name using some seersucker fabric I had available)

- Items to add details to the tote. I used ribbon alongside the road to provide more clean lines and I used some yellow binding for the dashes in the road.

Step 1:

Cut fabric pieces to size and fold in half lengthwise raw edge to raw edge (except piece being used for road). Iron in place. Unfold the fabric that will be used as the outside and inside fabric of the tote, however leave the pocket fabric folded for sewing.

Step 2:

Take pocket fabric piece and place on top of inside lining piece arranging raw edges together. Pin in place. Now is a good time to also mark where you will stitch each pocket by placing a pin every 2.75″.

Step 3:

Sew the pocket piece around the perimeter followed by sewing each pocket separately. Add the details you desire to the lining piece at this time. I sewed the road in place, then added grosgrain ribbon to each side because my fabric was fraying and looked sloppy. The ribbon added a pop of color and some clean lines. I then sewed yellow dashes to the road.

Step 4:

If you choose to add an applique, take the 17″x10″ piece of outer fabric and sew applique below the fold which should be visible in the fabric from ironing it.

Step 5:

Place outer fabric on top of lining fabric right sides (or pretty sides) together and pin in place. Sew around perimeter leaving a 5″ opening on one of the shorter sides to turn the fabric right side out.

Step 6:

Turn right side out and stitch fabric closed. The original tutorial used an elastic hairband and button as a closure, however I chose to leave this step out. The cars seem to stay in place well by simple folding the tote. I wanted to try a velcro fastener, but I couldn’t decide on a good placement for one without it affecting the look of the project.

Isn’t it adorable?! VROOM, VROOM!!!

Inspiration compliments of Mommy Brained

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