Hi everyone! I’m back after taking a long break to move and get settled. One of the things I wanted to get a handle on right away at the new place was those reproducing (I swear the reproduce) plastic bags! I actually prefer using reusable bags but seeing as they were packed away in an unknown box up until recently, I managed to accrue quite a few of those plastic bags. Not to mention, there are always those times you’re out and you forget the reusable bags at home (hint – best place to leave them is in the car). I still manage to forget them sometimes! I decided to make myself a plastic bag holder.
Anyway, here’s a super quick and easy beginner sewing project for a plastic bag holder that will help you keep all of those plastic bags organized.
You will need:
– The usual (scissors, ruler, pins, thread, sewing machine)
– A fat quarter (will be using 22×18 inches) of a heavyweight cotton such as a canvas print from the decorator fabric section.
– An 8-inch piece of 1″ twill tape, or rope, or any sort of strong trim you can use to hang the finished holder.
– An 8-inch piece of elastic at least 1/2″ wide and probably no wider than 1″
– That’s all you need!
The first step will be to cut your fabric. It will be 18 inches across and 22 inches long. I really need to get a cutting mat, but for this I used a long ruler, a marking pencil, and scissors. If it’s not exactly perfect, it won’t make much of a difference for this project.
Once it’s cut, we will iron down from the top (one of the 18″ sides) about 1/2 inch, and then fold over itself another 1/2 inch to make a nice edge.
Also fold over the bottom, but this time make sure the amount is enough that your elastic will fit through, as well as room for the seam allowance. So My elastic was 3/4″, so I folded over about 1″ and then again, folded that over itself an inch. Then ironed it nice and crisp.
Next, we’ll stitch along the folds to hold them in place. I usually use a small seam allowance about 3/8th, 1/2″ also works. Be mindful when stitching the bottom that your elastic will still fit through the “pocket” after stitching.
After that, we will pin a safety pin to one end of the elastic so we can pull it through the pocket we made at the bottom of the fabric. Pull the elastic through until the end reaches the end of the pocket. Carefully stitch this down with a few straight stitches back and forth, as well as a zigzag stitch for extra security.
Continue to pull the elastic through to the other end as it starts to bunch up. When you reach the other end, stitch this end down the same way as before.
You’re almost done! Now we will fold the fabric in half with right sides facing in, and pin the edges so it can be stitched up. Then you will stitch up the side, making sure to do about an inch reverse stitch at the beginning and end. For this project, I used a straight stitch, but if you have a serger you can also use that. If you are doing a straight stitch, use pinking shears to trim the seam to help avoid fraying. If you don’t have those, you can do a zig zag stitch near the edge to help.
Now you will take your twill tape, ribbon, rope, or any other strong trimming piece, and fold over it in half, pin it to the top, and stitch it down. I used a straight stitch in two places for extra strength.
You’re finished! See, I told you that was quick. Turn your bag holder right side in, and hang on the wall. You’re ready to fill it with plastic bags 🙂
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