How to Make a Cover for a Festival Trolley

Today, we’ll show you how to make a personalised cover for your festival trolley, a.k.a. trolley wheelbarrow. This simple DIY not only protects the cart but also adds a flair to your garden. With just a few materials, you can get started, so keep reading!

Materials and Tools

To craft a cover for your festival trolley, gather these essential items:

  • Fabric: Choose a sturdy fabric to withstand outdoor elements and ensure longevity.
  • Scissors: High-quality scissors are essential for the precise cutting of the fabric.
  • Measuring tape: Accurate measurements are crucial for a well-fitted cover. A flexible measuring tape helps in obtaining precise dimensions.
  • Sewing machine: This is optional if you prefer a sewn cover for added durability. A sewing machine can speed up the process and provide a secure finish. Tip: Alternative methods like fabric glue or hemming tape can be used for a no-sew approach.
  • Decorations: Personalise your cover with decorations like appliques and fabric paint. Or consider patches to add a festive touch and showcase your creative flair.

Measurements and Planning

Creating a cover for your mesh garden trolley cart begins with precise measurements. Start by measuring the length, width, and height of your trolley. Use a measuring tape for accuracy, ensuring a snug fit for protection from the elements. Pay special attention to any protruding handles or wheels.

Emphasising the significance of planning, take a moment to envision the design. Consider the placement of seams, openings for handles, and any additional features. Sketching your ideas on paper can be immensely helpful. This planning stage prevents unnecessary mistakes. It also ensures that your cover fits impeccably and showcases your design elements.

So, measure twice and cut once for a cover that perfectly suits your garden trolley cart.

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Cutting and Sewing

Now, with your measurements and design ready, let’s make the cover by cutting and sewing.

Cutting the fabric

  • Lay out your chosen fabric on a flat, clean surface.
  • Using the measured dimensions, carefully cut the fabric with sharp scissors.
  • Pay attention to any marked design elements or openings for handles, ensuring precision.

Sewing (optional)

  • If you’ve opted for a sewn cover, use a sewing machine for efficiency and durability.
  • Stitch along the edges, reinforcing corners and openings for handles.
  • For added flair, consider decorative stitches or patterns.

No-sew alternatives

Not a fan of sewing? No worries!

  • Fabric glue: Apply fabric glue along the edges, pressing firmly for a secure bond.
  • Hemming tape: An easy no-sew option, use hemming tape to secure edges with a hot iron.

Remember, whether you choose to sew or go for a no-sew alternative, the key is precision. A well-crafted cover ensures longevity and style for your garden folding cart. Let your creativity flow as you bring your project to life!

Personalised and Decoration

Elevate your festival trolley cover with a burst of creativity! Here’s your chance to infuse personality and charm into the project.


  • Embellish your cover with fabric appliques for a textured and dimensional look.
  • Choose motifs that resonate with your style or the festival theme.

Fabric paint:

  • Unleash your artistic side by using fabric paint. This allows you to create unique patterns or designs.
  • Experiment with colours that complement your garden aesthetic.


  • Incorporate patches or badges that tell a story or represent your favourite elements.
  • Arrange them strategically for an eclectic and customised appearance.

Remember, this is your chance to make your cover truly one-of-a-kind. Feel free to mix and match these ideas or come up with your own. The goal is to infuse a festive vibe into your garden space and let your creativity shine.

Securing the Cover

After making the festival trolley cover, the next is to secure it snugly and conveniently. Opt for elastic bands around the edges for a secure yet flexible fit. Ensure they’re tight enough to stay in place but allow easy removal.

Attach Velcro straps to key points on the cover, allowing for adjustable fastening. This option provides a secure hold while simplifying the process of taking the cover on and off.

Utilise fabric ties at strategic locations for a traditional and adjustable closure. Tie knots securely, but not too tight, to maintain ease of removal when needed.

Tips for a snug fit:

  • Confirm the cover aligns precisely with your trolley’s dimensions.
  • Place the cover on the trolley and make adjustments as needed.
  • Periodically ensure the cover is securely in place, especially during windy weather.

Choose the best way to secure your cover. Follow these tips to ensure your garden festival trolley stays both safe and easy to use.


Celebrate your finished garden festival trolley cover! It protects and adds festive vibes. Share your creation, whether you sewed, glued, decorated, or tied. Your personal touch makes every garden gathering special. Display your style, keep your trolley safe, and enjoy the lively charm in your garden.

BillyOh offers a great range of cheap wheelbarrows, including a folding hand trolley. Make sure to check them out! Up next on your reading list: What Can You Use a Festival Trolley For?