Making a plastic bag holder

In the spirit of recycling (and to free the clutter in my pantry), I decided to make a plastic bag holder.  I found my inspiration from Martha Stewart and instructions found on her website,  here.  I didn’t use a dish towel for this project, so I had to add a few extra steps using a piece of scrap fabric with nearly the same dimensions as the towel called for in the pattern.  So, with Martha’s pattern as a guide, here’s how I made mine.

I started with a piece of fabric the same dimensions as a dish towel and some scrap fabric for the handle.  I used a giant rubber band cut in half, since I didn’t have any elastic on hand.

Turn up one edge of the fabric approximately one inch to form the casing for the elastic.  Then, pin in place and sew.

Next, on the opposite end of the fabric, turn down the edge approximately 1/2 inch for the top hem. Again, pin in place and sew.

Now, fold the fabric in half, pinning right sides together, and sew a 1/4 inch seam down the side opposite of the fold. This will form a tube.

Use a seam ripper to form a slit in each side of the casing large enough to fit the elastic.

Attach a safety-pin to the end of your elastic and feed it through the casing. Tie off the elastic to form the bottom opening of the bag holder.

To make the handle,  cut a piece of fabric approximately 8 inches long by 3 inches wide. Fold up the ends to conceal all the raw edges and sew it closed.

Attach the handles to each side of the bag’s top opening. And that’s it…

Super easy!

The finished project. 🙂

 

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