Friday, June 24, 2011

Plastic Bag Holder Tutorial

Being as I have just recently began sewing, I don't have much in the way of a stash. However, I have found a love for buying fat quarters when they are on sale simply because they are only a dollar. I had yet to ever actually use one until today! As I was cleaning I found I have a million plastic grocery bags floating around my house. Being that I am the queen of procrastinating and putting off cleaning, I decided I should make a home for them! Well here i what I made!

Here is what you will need to reproduce this bag:
1 fat quarter
16 inches ribbon
2 pieces of elastic - 11 inches and 6 inches

Step 1: Make your casing on the top and bottom. Do this by folding down 1/4 inch and ironing flat. Then fold over 1/2 inch, iron and pen. 

Step 2: On the top, you will pin on your ribbon. I did mine 1 inch from the ends, however you can do them wherever you want. I see now I would have liked them to be further apart. So I would do them about 4 inches apart from each other when I make this again. Sew the along the edge of your fold to create the casing for the elastic. I used a 1/8 seam allowance.

Step 3: Put a safety pin onto your elastic and pull through the casing. Use the 11 inch elastic on the top and the 6 inch piece on the bottom. Pin at each end.

Step 4: Sew the elastic down at the edge of the bag on all four corners. Also sew the ribbon on top so it will not hang away from the bag. I went 3 times over each one to secure the seam.

Step 5: Pin the long sides right sides together and sew (I used a 3/8 seam allowance) making sure to go over the elastic a couple times. You could do a french seam to enclose your edges. I didn't because I put my ribbon too close to the ends.

Step 6: Turn inside out, stuff, hang, and enjoy!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Most people put theirs in a closet, but because it matches my kitchen decor I figure it looks great in my nook beside the refrigerator!

Thanks for listening!

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  1. thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my freezer meals ~ i will definitely have to check that book out that you recommended ~ the pie sounds delicious!!!

  2. This is perfect for all of those trash bags we seem to accumulate!

    Thanks for showing off!


  3. Wonderful job! I love the one I have, it comes in very useful.

  4. I made one of these, but I made it out of a dish drying towel that matches our kitchen decor. Cute, cheap, and all the edges are already finished! And it matches the other towels in the kitchen!

  5. That was very clever to use a dish towel! Wish I had thought of that. Thanks for sharing! :)