Grocery Bag Holder
Hanging from a doorknob, hook, kitchen cabinet handle or other
convenient place, plastic grocery bags can be pushed into the top,
and when needed, pulled out through the bottom. No more "showers"
of grocery bags. ;) I gave these as gifts for Christmas 1996 and
they were much appreciated.
A piece of material of suitable size can be substituted for the dish
- 1 dish towel, cotton or linen, washed and dried
- matching thread
- grosgrain or similar fabric ribbon for hanging
- more fabric ribbon, small fabric flowers or other odds and ends
- Plan Layout: Fold towel in half, right sides together. Use
your best judgement as to which direction to fold. It will eventually
be sewn into an open ended tube.
- Attach Elastic: Unfold towel. Along each end that will become
the openings at the top and bottom, sew a length of stretched elastic. It
should be sewn on the inside (wrong side) of the towel, half an inch or so
in from the edge. Alternatively, you could sew a casing through which to
thread the elastic, fastening it down at each end.
- Sew: Fold in half again, and stitch the back seam, forming an open
tube with the elasticized ends.
- Attach Hanger: Measure a piece of ribbon long enough to slip over the
largest part of a door knob, plus an extra inch and a half. Turn ends under
and sew to the inside of one elasticized end, an half inch or so away from
the back seam on each side, just below the elastic. You might want to
baste it in place and try slipping it over a door knob first.
- Turn right side out.
- Make a decorative bow from another piece of the same ribbon, and attach
it about one quarter to one third of the way down, or attach other items as
desired for decoration.
- A very large dish towel can be cut in half and each half used to
make a Grocery Bag Holder. In this case, you'll need to finish the
- As stated above, any type of material can be used, but a dish
towel has all edges finished. Also, if it's to be used in or near
the kitchen, it can be made to coordinate with it.
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