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How to Make a Grocery Cart Liner

By: Eva Ferrebee for

Stop carrying all those groceries to and from the store. Instead, learn how to make a grocery cart liner perfect for a handy rolling cart. You could also use this as a laundry cart liner. Either way, this free sewing pattern is cute and useful! Find a video tutorial for this project at the bottom of this page.

How to Make a Grocery Cart Liner


  • 2 Fabrics
  • Outside and Inside Fabric (approx. one and a half yards each)
  • Heavyweight, fusible Interfacing (small piece for bottom 15x12 inches)
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine

Note: Cord, Rope or Strong Ribbon may be used for the Ties.


  1. Measure sides and bottom of Cart (Measurements are in inches). This cart measures: Front and Back 15 x 20, Sides 12 x 20, Bottom 15 x 12 inches.
  2. Cut your fabric for both outside and inside linings: Add ½ inch for your quarter inch seam allowance.
    2 – 15 ½ x20 ½ Front/Back Panels in Outside Fabric and 2 – 15 ½ x20 ½ in Inside Fabric
    2 – 12 ½ x20 ½ Side Panels in Outside Fabric and 2 – 12 ½ x20 ½ in Inside Fabric
    1 – 12 ½ x15 ½ Bottom Panel in Outside Fabric and 1 – 12 ½ x15 ½ in Inside Fabric
    And 1 12 ½ x15 1/2 in Interfacing
    6 - 2 x 12 (or longer) in Outside Fabric for Ties (Omit if using cord, rope or ribbon)
  3. Fuse the Heavyweight Interfacing to the wrong side of the Outside Fabric Bottom.

    Sewing the Outside Lining:
  4. Place RIGHT SIDES together and sew the long 15x20 panels to the Bottom Piece matching the 15 inch widths. Repeat with the 12x20 side panels, matching the 12 inch widths.
  5. With RIGHT SIDES together sew the panel seams.

    Repeat for the Inside Lining, BUT Leave a 6 inch opening in one seam for turning your piece inside out.

    TIES: (Skip this step if you are using cord, rope or ribbon)
  6. Fold your Tie Strips along the top lengthwise towards the center and iron flat, Repeat the fold from the bottom lengthwise towards the center and iron flat. Now fold the tie in half and iron/steam flat.
  7. Sew straight along the tie (Note: You may fold under the ends for a neater appearance)

  8. With right sides together, place the linings together.
  9. Fold the tie in half and position between the inside and outside linings, with the fold at the TOP (ends facing down inside the linings) and pin in place. One at each corner and one in the center of the two 15 inch width panels.
  10. Sew along the entire top, making sure to attach the ties at their folds. (You may want to add an additional stitch or backstitch over the ties for security)
  11. Using the opening you left in the Inside Lining, slowly and carefully pull the Outside Lining out and through (inside out).
  12. Pull the Inside Lining out and sew shut the opening in the seam.
  13. Press.
  14. Top Stitch along the top.
  15. Place inside your wheeled cart and tie your ties as desired.


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This liner for a portable cart is just what I was looking for. The liner gives the very functional and useful cart much personality and style. The instructions indicate it is relatively easy to make. I imagine the liner could be made in bright seasonal prints or even out of sturdy cotton duck or oilcloth for extra durability.

This is so super easy and a great video. My Mom still uses a grocery cart when she goes to the grocery store. This is a great idea to replace the ready made ones. I am going to make her one out of a pretty fabric and a strong one and I love that it is lined. Anyone know how to put a top on it so when it rains everything stays dry?


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