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Plastic bags from groceries have been piling high in our house lately as we've used grocery curbside pickup. Inevitably, we would find them falling out of our cabinets, hanging on our coat rack hooks and hidden on random shelves in our garage. It was driving me crazy because every time I went to open the cabinet above the microwave, I was met with an avalanche of plastic. Also, I just found it to look tacky to have grocery bags hanging out everywhere. I have seen plastic bag holders before, and every time I was hit in the face by more bags, I'd tell myself I'm going to make one of those bag holders one day! Well, I finally did it...and it's made a HUGE difference. This took me less than 20 minutes to make, and I would rate difficulty at "beginner level". Keep reading for a tutorial on how to make your own!
Materials and supplies you will need:
Sewing machine (I use a Spiegel, however, it's been out of stock for awhile. A comparable and reputable machine that I would also highly recommend this Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine )
20 x 24 1/2 inch panel of cute cotton fabric
Two cuts of coordinating ribbon or bias tape. 1 cut will need to measure 35 inches and the other 10 inches.
1. At the bottom and the top of the fabric (the ends that measure 20"), you will need to fold inward 1 1/2 inches, press and sew a top stitch 7/8 " seam allowance. Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitches. (See pictures below for more guidance).
2. Next, fold your 10 inch ribbon or bias tape in half and sew the two ends together making an "x" (I actually used a drawstring from some old pajama pants I had).
3. Top-stitch what is now your "handle" on the inside top of your fabric (I sewed mine to the bottom...don't make my mistake and check your print to determine the top and bottom of your fabric! haha!)
4. Next, line up the long ends of the fabric inside-out and sew a top-stitch from the very top of the fabric to just above the opening at the bottom. Do not sew the opening you made at the bottom of the fabric shut. Be sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
5. Use a safety pin (or small hair clip like I did) and feed the long piece of ribbon or bias tape all the way through the bottom opening.
6. Turn bag inside out and it is ready for use!
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And as always...
Natalie from Deerwood + Jones