How to Make a Fun Backseat Organizer for Kids

Getting ready for a road trip? Keep kids content in the car with this backseat organizer that holds all the basics, plus a whole lot more.

DIY Backseat Organizer

DIY Backseat Organizer

Step 7- Hang in Car To hang the organizer, run ribbon through the grommeted top, then drape around the seat’s headrest. Tighten and tie it off at desired position.

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Materials Needed

  • 24" x 48" fabric remnant
  • white duct tape
  • washi tape
  • hook-and-loop tape
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • clear, vinyl shoe organizer
  • colorful zipper pouches
  • ribbon

Cut Fabric

Determine the desired size of the organizer, then measure the fabric and cut out. We chose a 24-by-48-inch panel to fit a standard minivan's driver's seat.

DIY Backseat Organizer

DIY Backseat Organizer

Step 1- Cut Fabric Determine the desired size, then measure fabric and cut out. We went with a 24 x 48 inch panel to fit a standard Minivan’s driver’s seat.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Bind Ends With Tape

To give the fabric a clean, finished look and keep it from unraveling, wrap the cut ends of the fabric with white duct tape.

DIY Backseat Organizer

DIY Backseat Organizer

Step 2- Bind Ends with Tape To give the fabric a clean, finished look and keep it from unraveling, wrap the cut ends of fabric with white duct tape.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Embellish With Washi Tape 

To give the organizer a playful vibe, dress up the edges with patterned washi tape.

DIY Backseat Organizer

DIY Backseat Organizer

Step 3- Embellish with Washi Tape To give the organizer a playful vibe, dress up the edges with patterned washi tape.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Add Grommeted Top

To hang the organizer on the back of the seat, add grommets along the top of the panel. Trim the grommeted strip off a vinyl shoe organizer (Image A), then add a bead of hot glue to the strip (Image B). Next, secure it to the top of the fabric panel, adding duct tape along the back (Image C, D) for extra strength.

Secure Pouches to Panel

To attach zippered pouches, cut 4-inch strips of hook-and-loop tape, then arrange them on the fabric in your desired layout.

DIY Backseat Organizer

DIY Backseat Organizer

Step 5- Secure Pouches to Panel To attach zippered pouches, cut 4-inch strips of hook and loop tape, then arrange on fabric in the desired layout.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Add Clear Pockets

For more storage, trim individual pockets off the vinyl organizer (Image A). Bind cut ends with duct tape to give it a finished look (Image B). Secure them to the fabric panel using hook-and-loop tape as you did with the zippered pouches (Image C).

Hang in Car

To hang the organizer, run ribbon through the grommeted top, then drape around the seat's headrest. Tighten and tie it off at desired position.

DIY Backseat Organizer

DIY Backseat Organizer

DIY Backseat Organizer

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Fill It Up

Start with the basics:

  • water bottle
  • sunglasses
  • basic first-aid kit
  • healthy snacks (almonds!)

Add some fun stuff:

  • toy cars + figurines
  • activity kits
  • crayons
  • more healthy snacks (trail mix!)

Include some "oops!" items:

  • hand sanitizer
  • wipes
  • car-sickness bag
  • even MORE healthy snacks (dried fruit!)
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