DIY Bag Holder

Hi there. How was your weekend? I had a low-key weekend. Friday night, I met up with my dad and brother for a few drinks after work. Saturday, I met up with my friend Megan and we went to Vintage Cantina for a late lunch and a fair amount of margaritas. After we finished our lunch, we walked down the block and grabbed a drink at Fox Harbor. The rest of the day was pretty chill and Sunday I did some laundry and cleaned my kitchen. 

As a kid, I remember my grandma making these bag holders. She gave my mom one, which my dad still uses. Was this something that most moms and grandmas had back in the 80s and 90s?

I had this cool retro fabric leftover from another project. With it, I was able to crate two of bag holders! I know! Plastic bags aren’t good for the environment, but I don’t have reusable bags with me all the time. So I decided that I needed a way to corral all the bags I do have. What ever doesn’t fit into the two I made, will get turned in on my next trip to the grocery store.

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Tools:

  • Fabric
  • Elastic band
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine

I started with my leftover fabric and folded it in half lengthwise. I cut along the fold, giving me two pieces. Taking the first piece, I laid it face down and folded the edge of the short side up.

Next, I laid out the elastic along half of the short side. I cut four pieces that were slightly smaller than half of the width of the fabric.

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On one end there was a green line which was perfect to use a guide for measurement. Using that green line, I made sure the fold was one inch all the way across. I then repeated the process on the other end.

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I forgot to change the pattern of the stitches, so the first pass was a zigzag. On the other end, I fixed that and made a straight line.

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In order to fee the elastic through the hem, I used a wood skewer. I stabbed one end and held the with my teeth. It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done.

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Once the elastic was feed through, I pinned the edges together. I then repeated this step on the other end. I found that it was easier to sew each end and then feed the elastic through each end.

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With each of the ends pinned together, I then pinned along the length and sewed it up. To finish off  the bag holder, I grabbed an extra piece of linen ribbon, cut it in two and sewed it to the back of the bag along the seam.

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Once I was done with the first bag, I started the whole process over on the second bag. I keep one bag downstairs

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There you have it. My bag holder!

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