I’ve been planning to make a plastic bag dispenser for ages, to store all the plastic grocery bags I accumulate. When one of my girlfriends bought a really pretty one at a craft fair I got bag envy and I knew I had to make one just like it! (Yes, I know I’m sad)
I know I’m supposed to be some kind of super organised wonder woman who always has a reusable bag or a tote bag with her for impromptu shopping moments. I admit it now that sometimes (er – quite often!) I fall off the green wagon and need to buy a single use carrier bag! Storing them all in a grocery bag holder is my way of being green and making sure the bags get used again (and again).
After a good hunt through my craft stash for pretty fat quarters I’d bought on a whim but not used yet, I found fabrics that worked well together and here’s what I made, I think it’s pretty funky and cheerful…
If you don’t already have a rotary cutter, I recommend getting one, but don’t waste your money on anything other than an Olfa one. The cheapie ones simply don’t cut fabric as cleanly as the Olfa ones! You can get a good quality one here…
Cut the larger piece of fabric into 4 pieces (3 pieces 6″ x 21″ and 1 piece 4″ x 10″)
Oops – I really should have ironed the fabric before taking this photo!
All you need to do now is pop your grocery bags into the opening at the top of the holder and pull one out from the elasticated opening at the bottom when you need to use one.
These grocery bag holders sell really well at fundraising events. They are brilliant for using up scraps of pretty fabric from your stash!
There’s a fighting chance I’ll always have a bag with me now for those impromptu shopping missions!
If you’re short on time, this fabulously easy plastic bag dispenser pattern from Jess takes just 20 minutes to make. I’ve tested it and you only need one fat quarter of fabric. You’ll find the full tutorial here.
I’ve got a bit carried away and made 3 of these bags, as they’re perfect for storing reusuable shopping bags too.
What will you use yours for?
I’m Coralie, a Harrogate based blogger and mum to the reluctant teen. A crafting and upcycling addict, lover of outdoor life, juicing and gin. I’m never far from a cup of tea…