My husband’s grandmother gave me a grocery bag holder when we got married, and I’ve used it constantly to hold my leftover plastic grocery bags. But I needed a place to store those big bags from places like J. C. Penney, Steinmart, shoe stores, and sports stores. The larger bags come in handy sometimes (taking stacks of towels to the pool, carrying piles of shoes on vacation, etc.), and I wanted a better place to keep them.
So I made a second holder. I followed the pattern over at Make It and Love It, but I made a few changes.
What you’ll need:
- one or two fat quarters (two if you want contrasting sections) or an 18″ x 22″ piece of fabric
- two pieces of 1/4″ elastic, 10″ and 6″
- short scrap of ribbon (or extra fabric)
- basic sewing supplies
Cut out your pieces (if you’re using two).
Cut 6″ off of your main fabric, leaving a piece approximately 18″ wide and 16″ tall. Set the small piece aside.
Cut 8″ off your contrasting fabric, so that you have a piece 8″ tall and 18″ wide. Set the large piece aside.
If you’re using two pieces, sew them together so that you have one large rectangle. Topstitch this seam if you’d like. I did and it looks fabulous :)
Make a narrow casing (about 1/3″ wide) at each end for the elastic. See Make It and Love It for instructions if you’re not sure how to do a casing.
Insert your elastic through each casing with the smaller piece at the bottom and the larger piece at the top. Attach the elastic to the fabric at both ends of the casing.
Sew the two long sides together so that you have a cylinder.
Attach your ribbon loop for a hanger.
And you’re done!
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