Reusable Car Trash Fabric Bin

Reusable Car Trash Fabric Bin

By: Nikki Gora

When I have my kids in the car with me, it can get messy in there fast! This DIY reusable fabric trash container is a handy and attractive way to corral all of that clutter. This garbage bin would also work well over the handle of a stroller if you need a way to contain your trash when you are out and about with little ones.

finished trash bin on car seat

Here's what you'll need:

Choosing Fabric

Since this is a trash can, I would recommend using a durable cotton fabric. Canvas would be a great option for the outer portion of this project. If you decide to use a quilting cotton for the outer fabric and the lining both, you may want to use fusible interfacing in between for added durability and rigidity.

Cutting Your Fabric

Cut two 12-inch squares from the lining and the main fabric. If you are using fusible interfacing, you will need two 12-inch squares of that as well.

Cut one 3”x27” rectangle from your main fabric. This will be the strap used to hang the trash receptacle.

image of cut fabric


  1. Place the outer fabric squares right sides together.
  2. Sew along three sides with a quarter-inch seam allowance.
  3. Place lining squares right sides together.
  4. Sew along two parallel sides with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Sew the bottom with a quarter-inch seam allowance, making sure to leave an opening (roughly 4-5” is fine) in the center of this edge.
  5. With right sides together, align the side seam and bottom seam in the corners of the main fabric. Sew straight across the corner, 1” down.
  6. Repeat with the lining, and set aside.
  7. Fold the long edges of the strap piece towards the wrong side of the fabric ¼”, and press. Fold in half, long ways, and press again.
  8. Top stitch the strap down the long sides with a ⅛” seam allowance.
  9. Align the short ends of the strap with the top raw edge of the main fabric, 1” away from each side seam. Baste the strap ends in place with a ¼” seam allowance.
  10. Place the main fabric inside the lining fabric, with right sides facing each other, making sure to line up the side seams and raw, top edges.
  11. Sew around the entire top edge with a ½” seam allowance. Go over the strap ends multiple times for added security.
  12. Using the opening left in the bottom of the lining, turn the bag right side out. Stuff the lining into the main fabric, and straighten the top seam. Press and topstitch the top edge with a ⅛” seam allowance.
  13. Close the opening left in the lining using a ladder stitch, whip stitch, or machine sew it closed.

Your portable trash bin is complete!

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