Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How To-zday: Plastic Bag Holder

As much as we try to remember to bring our market baskets or use paper, we inevitably accrue a gazillion plastic bags.  To be fair, we do use them-- they line our smaller garbage bins, hold craft supplies & even make their way into projects, like those boot stuffers I made a while back.  So they do come in handy.

But storing them has been another issue all together.  For a while they were jammed in to a cupboard-- but we need the space for more cupboard friendly things.  Then we put them in an unused tote bag, but it kept getting in the way.

So over spring break I resolved to resolve the problem of the plastic~*

Supplies:  a dish towel that matches your kitchen (which I already had lying around), thin elastic, hemtape (or binding, or ribbon-- whatever)

The rest is easy!  Fold the dishtowel in half lenth-wise.  Sew right sides together about 7 inches from the fold {if you sewed it the full width, it would be gigantic}.  Cut the bottom hem at the corner to allow for the elastic.  Attach a safety pin to the elastic and feed it through the hem, then sew the elastic in.  Trim the extra fabric.  Attach the hem tape (or binding, or ribbon-- whatever) to the inside top, flip the holder outside-right & hang it up!

Ta-Da!  Functions as designed-- just stuff bags in the top & pull 'em out the bottom as needed~*

I love a nice quick craft that serves a purpose, don't you?


  1. Oh my goodness- how adorable! I love the fabric and the idea. Impressed as always.

  2. That is such an AWESOME idea, I totally need to make one of those.

  3. That is a great idea! And your how-to photos and instructions are great. I am still at the plastic bags in a tote bag stage (ironically, the "tote" is one of those recycled reusable grocery bags you're supposed to bring with you when you shop...) Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

  4. this is awesome! great idea and thanks for sharing!

  5. This is so strange, I came across the first plastic bag holder I'd ever seen only last week and I was looking it wondering if I could make something similar for a friend who is having a baby, only a nappy version!

    Loved seeing your step by step, I might have to see what I can do, you've inspired me!

    Just Pirouette and Carry On...


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