Thursday, July 29, 2010

Grocery Bag Holder


Are you a grocery bag collector? Use them for mini garbage can liners? To carry picnic lunches in? To throw diapers in before throwing those stinky bombs in the garbage?

Where do you put all of your bags? Need a tutorial for one? Well, here you go.

Now, I know no one really sees these if they are tucked away in a closet.......but maybe it'll make you smile every time you see it, if you pour your little heart out while making it. Go on and make it with some darling fabric to brighten up that closet. Just an idea.

You'll Need:

• If you want your holder all one color - 1 piece of fabric, 20 x 25 inches. If you want strips like pictured here, you'll need 9 pieces of fabric, 20 x 3 1/2 inches.

• 2 pieces of narrow elastic (1/4 wide or smaller). 11 inches and 6 1/2 inches.

• 1 piece of ribbon - 14 inches long.

• Thread

If you're using strips, sew all of them together along their long sides (1/4 inch seams). Iron all of the seams open.
Then, make a casing for your elastic at each end. Turn over the fabric about an 1/4 of an inch and then fold it over again about 1/3 of an inch. Sew really close to the fold so that your 1/4 inch elastic can still fit. Do this to both ends

Now, thread your elastic through each end and sew each end of the elastic securely to the opening of each end of the casing. Keep in mind, the larger piece of elastic is for the top of your holder (so you can shove many bags in) and the smaller piece of elastic is for the bottom (so that you only pull one bag out at a time).

Next, turn the holder right side out and pin the ribbon (I turned the end under once) into place, about 3/4 of an inch from the top. Sew the ribbon into place several times, making it secure.

Lastly, sew the 2 long sides together, with right sides together.

Hang................and stuff.

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