Keeping it Simple: Grocery Bag Holder

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Grocery Bag Holder


Disclosure: I was given this fabric to create with, all opinions, content and ideas are 100% my own.   
For the longest time I have wanted to make a grocery bag holder.  I just throw all of the grocery bags under my kitchen sink.  It doesn't look very good...

 Not sure why I haven't done it before now.  Maybe it was because I didn't have any fabric that worked, or because every time I want to sew something different I get super nervous and afraid, because sewing still intimidates me.  Well then I got some awesome #waverize fabric from Jo-Ann and it matched my kitchen perfectly.  So I decided to get over my fears and just did it.  And it was a lot easier than I thought it would be!
grocery bag holder
This is how I made it:
I took the fabric and some 1/4" elastic.  I cut the fabric 23"x14".  
grocery bag holder (1)
I then folded the fabric twice and hemmed the edges of both ends.  I did this to the long ends, making it about 22" long.  
grocery bag holder (2)
Then I cut some of the elastic. I cut it 3 or 4 inches shorter than the fabric.  
grocery bag holder (3)
Using my longest straight stitch setting, I sewed it on.  When I sewed it on, I made sure that the elastic was stretched out so it fit from one side to the other.  When you finish sewing it, it immediately goes back to it's non stretched phase and gathers the fabric.  
grocery bag holder (4)
I then folded the fabric in half length wise, put a loop of ribbon on the top and sewed the whole thing together.  
grocery bag holder (5)
I flipped it inside out and then filled it with grocery bags one by one.
grocery bag holder (6)
And that's it!  Super easy to make.  And now when I need a grocery bag, I can just take one from the bottom.  
grocery bag holder (7)

I love the waverly fabric line at Jo-Ann!  Right now they are celebrating the Waverly's 90th anniversary by having a fun consumer contest with their waverly fabric!  

10 comments:

Michaela said...

Thank you so very much! I'm sick of looking at the grocery bags under my sink but I just can't throw them away. They're so handy to use as small trash can liners. Now I can make this and the mess will be gone!

Jesseca said...

I love that fabric and see myself making one of these soon! I always have bags floating around in random places!

Kari Reynolds said...

Love what you did with the fabric. I definitely need to make one of the soon!

kaylynnczy said...

LOVE that fabric. I have a metal bag holder and it is STUFFED to the raftors. Thinking I need to make this ASAP! Thanks for sharing!

Amber Feller said...

cute cute fabric! Great idea!

Summer Rumsey said...

Love the fabric you picked for this project - I have one of these in my home and love it!

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

such a good idea my drawers are so full of bags!

Britney Mills said...

I love the fabric you chose! Looks great!

Britney @ The Princess & Her Cowboys

Entirely Eventful Day said...

wow, this is super impressive to me:)

Whit said...

So cute I love how it turned out and I totally need one I have so many under my sink and they drive me crazy