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Grocery Bag Holder

Are you a grocery bag collector? Use them for mini garbage can liners? To carry picnic lunches in? To throw diapers in before throwing those stinky bombs in the garbage?

Where do you put all of your bags? Need a tutorial for one? Well, here you go.



Now, I know no one really sees these if they are tucked away in a closet…….but maybe it’ll make you smile every time you see it, if you pour your little heart out while making it. Go on and make it with some darling fabric to brighten up that dank closet. Just an idea.


You’ll Need:


  • If you want your holder all one color – 1 piece of fabric, 20 x 25 inches. If you want strips like pictured here, you’ll need 9 pieces of fabric, 20 x 3 1/2 inches.
  • 2 pieces of narrow elastic (1/4 wide or smaller). 11 inches and 6 1/2 inches.
  • 1 piece of ribbon – 14 inches long.
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If you’re using strips, sew all of them together along their long sides (1/4 inch seams). Iron all of the seams open.
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Then, make a casing for your elastic at each end. Turn over the fabric about an 1/4 of an inch and then fold it over again about 1/3 of an inch. Sew really close to the fold so that your 1/4 inch elastic can still fit. Do this to both ends.


Now, thread your elastic through each end and sew each end of the elastic securely to the opening of each end of the casing. Keep in mind, the larger piece of elastic is for the top of your holder (so you can shove many bags in) and the smaller piece of elastic is for the bottom (so that you only pull one bag out at a time).


Next, turn the holder right side out and pin the ribbon (I turned the end under once) into place, about 3/4 of an inch from the top. Sew the ribbon into place several times, making it secure.


Lastly, sew the 2 long sides together, with right sides together.


Hang…………….and stuff.


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Bobbie says:

    I made one today and it was a big hit with my Facebook friends! I sew diaper covers (for monkey Moms and Dads….no really, REAL monkeys!) and I made it with material that has cute monkeys on it and the people I sew for are already saying “OOOoo I want one!” LOL! Thanks for the easy to follow, terrific tutorial!!

  2. Lorettco says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial!!! I made two of these tonight. Now all of my bags look neat and organized instead of busting out of the plastic bag!!

  3. Kaye says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve made several of these and love them!

  4. Reusable Shopping Bags says:

    It looks like a traditional pillow of my village. The pillow is just like this grocery bag holder but larger in size and is used to give support to the back while sitting on the floor.

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