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Easy Bag Holder Sewing Pattern
I used to keep a bag full of bags under my sink. My Granny cut a hole in an empty milk jug and puts her old plastic bags in that. If you do any shopping at a regular retail or grocery store you are bound to have some plastic bags sooner or later! If you follow this site regularly I’m going to guess you are more of the type that will reuse the bags instead of tossing them. 🙂
Last year I stopped at a little Mennonite store in the country while visiting some family in Wisconsin. Among the fun handmade things I found, I picked up a bag holder that I just love! I’ve been happily using it ever since and I keep it on a hanger on the back of my pantry door. It’s very nice to keep the bags put away and off the floor, but easily accessible when I need them.
I decided to put together one of these simple Bag Holders as a gift for my sister who recently moved into a new house; a nice little housewarming gift!
These are easy enough to put together, so I’m sharing my sewing adventure here so you can make them too!
All you need to make this project is 1/2 inch elastic (at least 20 inches) and a piece of fabric that is cut to 24 inches long and 15 inches wide. I used a light upholstery fabric which I got from Fabric.com to make mine heavy duty. You can use cotton if that’s all you have on hand.
Take one of the short ends (the 15 inch sides) and fold over 2 inches. Sew a wide hem. Repeat on the other side.
Then sew down the middle of your wide hem, making a pocket for the elastic and a little ruffle detail on the edge.
Take a 10 inch piece of elastic and pull it through one of the pockets (using a safety pin will help make this easier). Pin the ends of the elastic together (with the wrong side of the fabric out) and stitch so they stay together. Repeat on the other end.
Then sew the long sides of the bag fully together with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Trim off any excess fabric.
This is what it should look like when you are done with those steps! Almost finished!
Make a hanger for your bag holder by cutting a 3 inch by 15 inch piece of fabric and sewing it into a long tube (right side out and then flipping it the correct way). Sew this handle onto the top of your bag holder. If you don’t want to make this using fabric you could also use ribbon.
Turn your bag holder right side out and you are done! Hang wherever you store your bags. I have mine hanging on the back of my pantry door.
Find even more super simple sewing projects here on Little House Living.
What are some of your favorite easy sewing projects?