Needle Crafts for Kids


Backseat Tote
Use an old pair of pants to make a backseat tote, which will help hold your favorite things in the car.
Use an old pair of pants to make a backseat tote, which will help hold your favorite things in the car.
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When your kids are in the back of the car, it's easy to lose things under the seat, so design a backseat tote to keep all their stuff in one place.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 pair old pants with belt loops
  • 2 feet of rope (or cord or heavy string)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
  • Fabric paint or permanent markers (optional)

How to Make a Backseat Tote:

Step 1: Cut the legs off the pants. With a sewing machine or needle and thread, sew the legs of the pants shut.

Step 2: Tie one end of the rope to a belt loop on the left side of the pants. Tie the other end of the rope to a belt loop on the right side of the pants.

Once your kids finish decorating the backseat tote, hook the rope over the headrest of the seat in front.
Once your kids finish decorating the backseat tote, hook the rope over the headrest of the seat in front.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 3: Decorate the tote with fabric paint or markers. Hook the rope over the back of the headrest of the driver's seat or passenger seat. Tie one end of the rope to a belt loop on the left side of the pants. Tie the other end of the rope to a belt loop on the right side of the pants.

Step 4: Use this travel tote to hold books, magazines, notepads, snacks, or whatever your kids want. The pants pockets are perfect for small items such as coins and pens. They can even take the travel tote with them as a carryall.

Keep reading to learn how to design a bag to hold your children's valuables.

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