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How to Make a Reusable Garbage Bag for Your Car

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How to Make a Reusable Garbage Bag for Your Car

How to sew a garbage bag for your vehicle. This has an open rim made from an upcycled wire hanger so it makes it easy for kids to toss their garbage- without leaving their car seat. These would make great gifts for the holidays!

I have discovered something… my kids have no problem throwing their garbage into a bag if I make one available in the car. But garbage never made it into our tiny garbage bag because it was hard for the kids to reach and really a bit small for the amount of garbage we produce before I empty it (totally my fault).

I decided to make something bigger, something that would make throwing things out from the comfort and safety of their car seats much easier. And I think I have succeeded! I placed it behind the passenger seat- my oldest son sits behind it and he’s forward facing (and has long arms!) so he will be the most likely to actually put the garbage in there. Now I can hand HIM garbage whenever I need something thrown out… oh how the tables have turned!

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Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric 38″ tall x 17.5″ width.

Upcycle a wire hanger and some fabric to make this easy car garbage bag.

Step 2: I also cut two strips of fabric for the straps and serged the edges. This was faster and easier than folding them over to create a thicker strap- and my fabric was super thick with just one layer so I was happy to skip that part. I pinned the strap to the portion of the fabric that would be the back outside of my bag. I sewed them down, making sure to not sew it down near the top- this is where our casing will be and I don’t want the strap getting in the way.

Pin straps to your bag onto the fabric.
Sew straps on.

I sewed across, and then all the way down and around in a rectangular shape.

Pin fabric for the car garbage bin.

Step 3: I folded my fabric in half, facing right sides together. I pinned, then serged the two sides.

Serging fabric right sides together.
Serged top edge of the bag to create a finished edge.

Step 4: I serged around the whole top of my bag to finish the edge.

Creating a casing for the car garbage bag.
Feeding the wire hanger through the casing on the garbage bag.

Step 5: I folded the top edge over to create the casing, sewing around the whole top of the bag. I left an opening to feed the hanger through.

Step 6: Feeding the hanger through the casing. Once I got it all the way around, I held the two ends together and taped them with heavy duty tape. Then I just sewed the casing closed.

I used heavy duty tape to hold the hanger together.

Step 6: Add your snaps or hook & loop to the straps.
Here’s the finished product! G was such a good model today!

How to make a reusable garbage bag for your car!

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Hilda Rodgers

Wednesday 11th of November 2015

Great idea Danielle! I'm always looking for a garbage bag in our van but having a nice big hanging one like this would make it easy for everyone!


Tuesday 10th of November 2015

Very cute - love your son's shirt too LOL.


Wednesday 11th of November 2015

Lol thanks, me too :)

Just Plain Marie

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

What I like most about your bag is that it's not *small*. Most of the ones you buy are so small that you can't put anything in them.


Wednesday 11th of November 2015

Yes, that was a necessity!