Nothing drives me more crazy than all these loose plastic bags floating around my pantry. My toddler loves them, though…as you can see! I have seen he plastic bag holders at the grocery store but never like any of the patterns and seeing that they are super easy to make I have had every good intention to make my own for longer than I would like to admit. So this summer we finally made one!
It was a fun project for my 7 year old to help learn how to sew on and seriously so easy to make! It’s really hard to mess up. I bet you could even make it with a glue gun if you don’t want to sew (I almost did! lol).
- Cute hand towel
- Sewing machine
- Elastic – I had a thin width in my scraps, but if you have bigger it will work the same.
- Nail or hook for the wall (optional)
Step 1: Find a hand towel pattern you like. I found mine in a 2 pack at the dollar store. Sweet deal!
Step 2: About 2 inches from the top you are going to sew a long loose line across (make the stitches as long as possible) and leave 6 inches+ of thread hanging off each end. For this step and step 3, since we are pretty much creating the beginning of a ruffle, I followed Courtney’s Shortcut on How to Sew a Fast Ruffle. She even made a video tutorial, so it is super easy to follow.
Step 3: This is where we are gathering the fabric/creating the ruffle look. Keep on following the tutorial from step 2. It really is super fast/easy to follow.
Step 4: After the fabric is gathered, on the inside of the fabric attach your elastic with pins over the same area of the previous gather line sewed in step 2. Slowly sew in place. I used a zig zag stitch. Repeat steps 2-4 on the other end.
Step 5: Attach with pins both sides of the towel (lengthwise) to each other keeping the inside out. Make sure you sew all the way from corner to corner.
Step 6: Almost done! Turn it inside out so you can now see the pattern and if you would like to hang it in a cupboard or pantry, sew some extra elastic on the top. If you look closely at the top right and you can see my little hook. You can also create your hook with some ribbon and glue gun if you don’t want to sew. 😉
Step 7: Stuff all your plastic sacks into your newly sewed holder. My kiddos loved this part!
Step 8: Attach a hook or nail in your pantry to hang it. I wasn’t hanging it at first, but then I discovered it was getting pushed around in the pantry and never was where I wanted it. Now it has a home and stays there.
And you are done! I seriously love these colors!
It is funny how a little organization and fun colors can help everything else feel cleaner. The kiddos even want to help keep the pantry cleaner now that they can see what is in it! lol
What are your favorite easy sewing projects?
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