Depending on where you live in the country, your area stores may or may not allow plastic shopping bags to be handed out when shopping. The trend is going away from plastic shopping bags and instead having the consumer bring re-useable bags to hold purchases.
We embrace this practice for the positive effect elimination of plastic bags has on our environment. However, in our area, plastic bags are still provided by the retailer. This blog post is to inspire recycling the plastic shopping bags rather than just throwing them in the trash. But what do you do with them until you are able to re-use them? They can get quite messy if they are stored loose, so this project is for a plastic bag dispenser to keep all your plastic shopping bags neatly stowed until they are needed. Stay tuned for a future blog post to make a re-useable fabric grocery shopping bag.
Puppy Paws Black 14″ x 20″
1/2″ elastic 8″ – 2 Each
Optional hanging loop 1-1/2″ x 12″ (trim length later to suit your needs)
On the two short ends, fold over 1/4″ and press. To create the casing for the elastic, fold over one short end 1″ and press. Stitch close to the first folded edge which leaves a small casing for the elastic. Repeat for the other short side.
Using a safety pin on one end of one piece of elastic, feed the elastic through one casing. Once the elastic is all the way through, clip both elastic ends together. Repeat with the other piece of elastic through the casing on the opposite end.
Fold the fabric lengthwise right sides together, pin and make sure to keep elastic at ends even with end of fabric. Stitch along this edge using a 1/4″ seam making sure to capture the elastic. It’s a good idea to back stitch at both ends.
If you wish to add an optional hanging loop, take your 1-1/2″ x 12″ fabric to your iron, fold in half lengthwise and press. Open the fabric and fold so one raw edge lines up with the pressed line in the center and press. Do the same for the other raw edge. With both raw edges in the center, fold this in half lengthwise and press. Stitch along the length with 1/2″ seam.
If you prefer not to have the optional hanging loop, zig zag the seam allowance to reduce the amount of pesky unravelling threads from use. If you want the optional hanging loop – skip to the next section.
OPTIONAL HANGING LOOP
Fold this piece in half, decide if that length works for you or trim as desired and clip in place on the seam allowance of one edge of your plastic bag dispenser, with the loop sticking up out of the bag dispenser. Zig zag into place going back and forth a couple times, then continue zig zagging along the seam allowance. This will help reduce the amount of pesky unraveling threads from use.
Fill with your bags and hang for easy dispensing. Fill from the top and pull them out from the bottom.
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