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Are you finding that you need more room in your backseat for your kid’s toys?  Personally, my backseat is littered with lions and tigers and bears, so this little DIY car activity carrier will be the perfect solution to my child’s ever changing toy needs while in the car.  We hope you enjoy this craft and would love to see pictures of yours once you’ve completed them.


  • ½ yd. Back ground material, cut 2- 16” x 24” pieces
  • 1- 16” x 15” square (Choose a different colored material for each square)
  • 1- 16” x 7” sq.
  • 1- 8 1/2” x 7” sq.
  • 2- 8” x 5” sq. (Different colors)
  • 2- 18” x 2 1/2” (Same colored strips)
  • 1 pkg. Rick Rack
  • 2 Flower buttons
  • Contrasting thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Chalk
  • Iron


Sew with 1/2” seams. Pocket seams 1/4”.

  1. Iron all fabric. Cut all pieces of material to size. (see above)
  2. Cut Rick Rack; 3- 7”pieces, 1- 16” piece, 2- 5” pieces, and 1- 4 1/2” piece.
  3. Cut 2 triangle edges off tops of 16” x 24” back ground pieces of material. 4” at base of triangle.
  4. Pin 3 pieces of 7” Rick Rack vertically to 16” x 7” square. Starting from center, measure and pin 3” apart. Set aside.
  5. Pin and sew 1- 16” piece of Rick Rack to16” x 5” square, horizontally. Pin only, 2- 5” pieces, vertically, 4” from outside edges.
  6. Turn under ends of 1- 4 1/2” piece of Rick Rack. Pin and sew to center, 1” down from top of 8 1/2” x 7”square.
  7. Fold over squares 1/4”on 3 sides and iron, leaving raw edge of square that will be pined to raw edge of back ground material. Fold and iron all sides of 8 1/2” x7” square only.
  8. Pin and sew, turned under 4” x 7” pocket to 6” x 8” pocket, on 3 sides, leaving top open.
  9. Pin all square pockets to 1 ply of the back ground material. Starting from top pocket, before folded size,16” x 5”, below that, 2 left pockets- 4” x 8” and 8” x 5”. To right, double pocket, 8 1/2” x 7”. And bottom 16” x 7” pocket.
  10. Pin all vertical Rick Rack now also to back ground material and sew together, to make pockets.
  11. Fold straps in half, right sides together and iron. Sew 2 raw edges together. Turn right side out by taking the eraser side of a pencil and placing it at the closed end, pushing it against one ply of the material, pushing material over pencil, until the inside of the material is now on the outside. Take pencil out and shake material until right sides are showing. Iron straps.
  12. Pin straps 3” in from raw edge of material, hanging down over pockets.
  13. With right sides together, pin other back ground fabric piece at edges, over pockets. Sew 3 sides leaving bottom open.
  14. Turn right side out, iron edges, top stitch around the 3 sides. Fold in bottom edge and sew closed. Hand sew the buttons to top pocket, where the Rick Rack crosses.
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3 Responses to “{Kids} DIY Craft: Car Activity Carrier”

  1. Tamara Huey says:

    This car carrier looks pretty simple and is a really good idea. They are pretty expensive in the stores (Eddie Bauer one was over $25, I think) AND it was all black! I just have to find the time to make it. How long do you think it would take if I have all the supplies? Thanks, Tamara.

    • lifevents says:

      Hi Tamara,

      It should take about 1-2 from first cut to finish. Please let us know if you have any further questions.


  2. amy says:

    I love this!!!!

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