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Easy to Make Plastic Bag Holders

Updated April 17, 2017

Plastic bags allow you to carry large loads of groceries into your home or up to your apartment at a time. You don't have to sacrifice your efforts to live green in order to decrease your grocery transport time, nor do you have to purchase reusable grocery bags. Sew your own plastic bag holder to keep all those plastic bags organised and handy. Hang the bag holder in your kitchen, so you can shove plastic bags into it as you unload your groceries. Then, next time you go grocery shopping, take the bag holder with you, and bag your groceries with the plastic bags it holds.

Cut a 20-by-22-inch piece of cotton fabric. Fold the fabric in half width-wise with the wrong side facing out. Sew the 20-inch edges of the fabric together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Fold the edge of the fabric along both open ends down 3/8 inch. Iron the fold. Fold the fabric down another 3/8 inch, and iron the fold. Sew around each folded edge with a scant 3/8-inch seam allowance to create a casing at both ends of the tube. A scant seam allowance is roughly a thread's width less than the seam allowance measurement. Leave a 2-inch opening somewhere along each opening.

Thread a 10-inch piece of 1/4-inch elastic through both casings. Overlap the ends of each piece of elastic 1/2 inch. Sew back and forth three times over the overlapped ends with a zigzag stitch. Tuck the elastic ends up into the casing, and finish sewing the casing closed.

Cut a 6-inch piece of 1/4-inch-wide ribbon. Fold the piece of ribbon in half. Place the ends of the ribbon inside one end of the fabric tube -- which end doesn't matter -- 1/2 below the top edge. Sew back and forth over the ribbon ends three times with a straight stitch to attach the ribbon loop for hanging the bag holder.

Things You'll Need

  • Yard of cotton fabric
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • 1/4-inch-wide elastic
  • 1/4-inch-wide ribbon
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Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.