How to Sew a Toy Car Carrier

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How to sew a flat toy car carrier with pockets for Matchbox cars. This slips into your purse easily for entertaining kids at doctor's appointments or when traveling. Embroidering a name or using heat transfer vinyl to add a name is a perfect way to customize these.

DIY Car Carrier for Matchbox Cars

How to sew a flat toy car carrier with pockets for Matchbox cars. This slips into your purse easily for entertaining kids at doctor's appointments or when traveling. Embroidering a name or using heat transfer vinyl to add a name is a perfect way to customize these.

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I decided to make these cool little toy car carriers for a birthday gift, as well as for my son. They came out so cute. I initially looked around the interwebz for inspiration and found these two ideas:
Neither was quite what I wanted so I decided to create something a little different. This is a flat version for a car carrier, but if you want something even smaller, check out my toy car roll which only uses one cut of fabric. I added some toy cars to the gift as well. 

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  • Interior Fabric: 9.75" x 18"
  • Exterior Fabric: 9.75" x 18"
  • Stabilizer: 9.75" x 18"
  • Fabric for the pockets: 7"x10", 5.5" x 10"
  • Optional: Embroidery machine or a Cricut/Silhouette if you want to add the name
  • Snaps or buttons

Tutorial

Wash and iron fabric.

Cut out your fabric.

Coordinating fabrics cut for a toy car carrier.


Hem the top (inside) edge of both pockets.

Hemming the pocket edges.

Add Velcro or a snap to the "whatever" pocket. I actually added the snap after I sewed the pocket on, but that will only work with snaps.

Add the matching Velcro or snap to the inner fabric, making sure you put it in the correct spot so they match up. Reinforce your snaps with a small additional piece of fabric- otherwise the snaps may rip through a single layer of fabric.

Put pockets right side up onto the inner pocket, pin, and sew them together on the sides.

Sew pockets onto the inner fabric.

Mark the car pockets and sew a straight stitch where each will be separated. Make sure the cars will fit, even once the whole piece is finished. I made each pocket 3.5" apart. I think they could be a little more snug though to hold them in tight.


Divide the pocket into several smaller pockets, each sized to fit your toy cars.


Embroider name in middle section.

Embroider or use heat transfer vinyl to add the child's name to the carrier.

Iron on stabilizer to the outer fabric. Mine wasn't iron on so I pinned my fabrics altogether and sewed. Stabilizer-outside fabric right side up-inside fabric right side down. I sewed a straight stitch all around, making sure all 3 layers were sewn. I recommend leaving a large opening in the middle at the end with the large pocket. I did it on the car end which made it more difficult to add my snaps on after.

Layer your fabrics and stabilizer so they're sewn right sides together.

Trim.
Sew a straight stitch around, leaving an area to turn right sides out.

Turn fabric right sides out, carefully.  Iron.

Turn right sides out and iron flat.

Fold your carrier in thirds with the car side being the furthest inside. Add snaps to close the case once you fold it into thirds. You want your snap to go through two layers (the layer you need your snap to be on and your stabilizer). Here I am marking where I want my snaps.

Mark and add your snaps, then top stitch.


Top stitch.


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