Bag Holder
Homemade plastic bag holder

 This handy bag holder is one of the most practical, inexpensive and appreciated gifts you can give for a bridal shower, graduation or birthday gift; really for any occasion and to have in your home of course.  I have very easy and simple to follow tutorial for the novice sewer.   


DIY Handy Bag Holder

Supplies:

Sturdy cotton or cotton blend fabric:

22″ long and 9 1/2″ wide

1″ wide ribbon, 9″ length

1/2″ wide elastic, 12″ length

2 small safety pins

Matching thread  

Directions:

Cut the fabric to 22″ long and 9 1/2″ wide (can be adapted to your specifications)

Cut the fabric if there are any folds, such as at one end of the fabric piece.Bag Holder 1

 Zigzag or finish all edges with a sergerBag Holder 2

As shown, but do NOT sew any end seams togetherBag Holder 3


Leave ends open, one will be for the loop to hang and one will for the elastic Turn inside out and turn sideways (for better words and press seam open)Bag holder 4

 Turn right side and press neatly.Bag holder 5

 Cut 1/4″ ribbon 9″ longBag holder 6


Loop the ribbon and slide inside one end of the sleeve or bag with the ends crossed.  Stitch across at 5/8″.  Double stitch and back stitch over ribbon.Bag holder 7

 Cut 1/2″ elastic 12″ long.  Attach a safety pin to each endBag holder 8

 At the other end of the sleeve, or bag, fold down 5/8″ and pressBag holder 9

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Sew the seam right against the edge of the fabric LEAVING AN OPENING OF 1  1/2″. Back stitching at the edges of the opening,Bag holder 11

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Feed the elastic through the seam, not allowing the second safety pin to go through also.Bag holder 13

 Take off the pins and sew the elastic ends together, using care they are not twisted but facing the same way.Bag holder 14

 Tuck the elastic ends into the seam. Bag holder 15

 And sew the fabric over to close up the seam.Bag holder 16

 Turn inside out and pull out the ribbon loop. Pull corners out using the end of a pencil or being very careful  with a seam ripper.Bag holder 17


Press again and put in a bag to let those you are gift this to know exactly what the purpose of this wonderful  recycle bag is for! Bag holder 18

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today

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A Mother’s Shadow’ a novel by Carrie Groneman (available on Amazon), click HERE

Waste Not – Want Not, click HERE

Does the Brand Define YOU, click HERE