Riding in Style with a Custom Car Organizer
Ages: 3 - 10
Time: 1 hour
Skills Required: cutting, gluing, painting
Materials: cloth apron, felt, craft glue, scissors, ruler, ribbon, fabric paint or markers, beads, pom-poms.
Starting out this project with an apron seems especially appropriate since the primary purpose of an apron is to protect clothing and keep clothes clean while performing messy activities. One wouldn’t usually think of driving to day care as a messy activity, but with a busy toddler on board, watch out! In this case, the apron provides protection for your vehicle and will help keep the interior clean and clutter-free.
Inexpensive cloth aprons can be purchased at a craft store in a number of sizes and colors. Measure the size of the back of the front seat of your vehicle and choose an apron that will approximately cover this area.
After choosing an apron, the next step is to design a custom storage solution for the objects most often used and found in your car. Some aprons have pockets already in place. If you need more pockets or a pocket of a different size, they can be made out of simple felt squares. Just cut a felt square to the appropriate size and shape and glue the bottom and two sides of the felt to the apron where you would like the pocket to be. Use fabric paint or markers to label each pocket. For pre-readers, use pictures to show what will go in each pocket. Kids can help decorate their car organizer using felt cutouts, fluffy pom-poms, beads and fabric paint to add their name and other designs.
Most parents have driven down the road while trying to reach an object that their child has dropped in the back seat. To help with this problem, tie pieces of ribbon or strips of fabric to the straps of the apron and attach items that children may need to the other end. If your little Picasso likes to draw while driving around town, attach a crayon or marker to the apron. A favorite stuffed animal or doll can also be attached to the apron.
When the apron is decorated and the paint is dry, it is ready to be installed in the car. Just tie the neck straps of the apron over the headrest of the front seat and the waist straps around the back of the front seat and you are ready to go!
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Jill Jolton is associate editor of Colorado Parent and the mother of two energetic and artistic sons.