When we lived in a city, driving around was always a short-term thing. We’d be in the car for 5, 10 or maybe a rare 15 minute trip if we were going to the “other side of town” for something. We didn’t eat in the car. And we certainly never had trash in the car.
Now that we live in the middle of nowhere? Boy, has that changed. Fridays are typically our errand-running day, and we can be out and about for 6 or more hours at a time. And two days a week, we commute over an hour (one way) to work. We’re in the car a lot now. I actually think we’ve put as many miles on our car in the past two months as we have in the previous year. Ain’t no thang. That’s just part of the side effects of living in the country. What is a thang? All the trash that piles up in the car.
Starbucks cups. Hardboiled egg shells. Apple cores. Receipts. Discarded grocery lists. It became very obvious very quickly that we needed a trash storage solution for our car, so we did the ever-attractive temporary solution of hanging a plastic grocery sack from our gear-shifter. Effective? Yes. Attractive? No. And if you know anything about me, you know that I don’t deal well with un-pretty things. Especially in my pretty car that I love so very, very much. I wanted something attractive. Or at the very least, as attractive as a trash receptacle could be. Maybe that desire makes me crazy anal, but hey, I is what I is, you know?
Pinterest to the rescue! I was browsing my boards the other day and noticed this little guy that I had pinned way back when (way before we ever actually needed a car trash bag). Kismet, right?
I usually post my own version of a tutorial whenever I do a Pinterest Challenge, but I’m going to skip that today because I followed the tutorial at A Ditchin’ Time Quilts to a T. The only slight tweak I made was to make the bag a little bit wider so it could fit regular grocery sacks (the original is made for bread bags, produce sacks, etc.), but other than that, the instructions, photos and measurement are perfecto. So no need for me to rip it off and put it up here. Seriously, go head over there and see how quick and easy it is to make your own trash bag—it took me about an hour. And it makes me so obnoxiously happy. And no, it was not a coincidence that the fabric I choice coordinates perfectly with our orange paint job. I know, I have problems.
Side note: it felt so good to get back into sewing. I finally got a chance to unpack and set myself up a little crafting/sewing nook and it makes me so insanely happy. It’s bright and cheerful and all my stuff is right there. Expect a lot more sewing and crafting projects here on Wholefully—which is something I know a lot of you have been asking to see more of for a while.
Yay! Happy trash!
I’m so weird.