Easy project: how to make a folding shopping cart liner with leftover materials

I was inspired last week by some folding shopping cart liners I saw online and decided it would be fun to try one myself. I love cruising flea markets on summer mornings and I usually have a folding shopping cart with me, but I hate that smaller items fall through the large holes in the frame. I’ve seen folks with all sorts of inserts and liners, but nothing cute. Functional stuff has to be cute for me. I prefer it that way. It falls under my “why live a boring life?” policy.

So I got hold of a used coffee bean sack and the rest was all stuff I had on hand. I mean, granted, it’s not a project destined for Project Runway, but it’s a fun, quick, and super easy project that you can whip together in under an hour. Think of how proud you’ll be when spring rolls around and you go tooling along through your favorite market with your cuted up cart.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6″ wide strip of oilcloth (or any fabric you like)
  • 4 grommets
  • 4 12″ long strips of cotton ribbon, cording, or rope
  • 1 burlap sack (procured from a coffee roaster or feed store)

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First, situate your burlap sack so you can assess how tall it needs to be. Let it pool a bit at the bottom. That’ll get filled up with treasures. You’ll need a little extra bulk down there.

Market cart liner

Hem the excess height from the top of the sack.

Market cart liner

I pinned then stitched about a 1/2″ seam around the top of the sack, then trimmed the excess with pinking sheers.
Market cart liner


Market cart liner

Now, these burlap bags have 1 side seam, and when you fold it over to make a hem along the top of the bag, it’s going to make a marble-size bit of bulk. I trimmed off as much of the bulk as I could without getting too close to the stitches I just sewed.

Market cart liner

Next you’ll need to trim a 6″ wide strip of whatever non-stretchy fabric you like, the same length as your bag is around. Just eyeball it, but give yourself a little bit extra. You can trim extra length off after you pin it in place.

Market cart liner

Once you get your trim cut, fold it over and pin it. I’m sure there’s a better way to do this, but for the oilcloth I just pressed it with my quilting ruler to make a crease. If someone knows a better way to make a crease in oilcloth, I’d love to know about it.

Market cart liner

Fold the trim over the hem you sewed along the top of the sack. Pin it, stitch it, and Bob’s your uncle. Again, I used about a 1/2″ hem. Next, we grommet!

Market cart liner

I cut a small X with a box cutter keeping in mind the size of my grommets. They need to be large enough to fit your ribbon or cord through for tying to your cart. Then fit both sides of the grommet through the hole before smashing it closed with my grommet gun. (I love grommets!)

The final step is to take your 4 strips of ribbon, rope, cording, or whatever you like and tie it to your folding shopping cart.

Market cart liner

Here she is! A super cute folding shopping cart liner ready to cruise the outdoor markets all summer long.

Market cart liner

What do you think? Would you try this? If you do, please let me know!