In my humble opinion the Plastic Bag Holder is the next best thing since sliced bread. It is the best and prettiest way to corral all those plastic bags we accumulate every day. It hangs prettily on the back of a door as along a wall and we solves one of the biggest storage problems in the kitchen. It is a great gift on its own or as part of the kitchen set we are sewing this weekend. Now that i have sold yo on the merits of the bag let’s get down to business sewing one or two.
What you will need
A piece of focus fabric. 18 x 21 inches
2 coordinating pieces of fabric 18 x 4 inches
1/4 inch elastic
Ribbon approximately 7 inches long
Pins, scissors, coordinating thread
Step One Pin the coordinating fabric pieces to each of the two short ends right sides together and attach with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Step Two Press the seam towards the middle and top stitch in place. You can add ric rac to the seam if you chose. I decided not to add it as I did not the color difference in the red between the polka dot fabric and the ric rac.
Step Three Press under 1/4 inch and then press a 1/2 inch fold into the short ends of the bag. This will form the casing for the elastic. I always run a 1/4 inch line of stitching along the edge using my quarter inch foot. This way I have the perfect allowance. I then use the stitching to know how much to press under. Stitch approximately 1/8 inch along edge of casing. There is a casing for elastic at the top and bottom of the bag.
Step Four Stitch up the long sides using a 3/8 seam allowance and stopping approximately 3/4 of an inch from the end. Do not stitch over the casing or you will not be able to get the elastic inside.
Step Five Use a bodkin, or safety pin or a bobby pin to insert the elastic into the casing. The diameter of the opening at the bottom of the bag holder is smaller than on the top. The idea is to pull the bags from the opening in the bottom when you need a plastic bag and to put them in the bag through the bigger opening at the top. Adjust the elastic to the desired length. Stay stitch in place.
Step Six Once the elastic is inserted and adjusted to your liking sew up the last little bit of the side seam where the casing are on the top and bottom. Finish off the raw edges with a zig zag stitch.
Step Seven Make a loop with the ribbon and stitch in place at the top right at the seam.
Make sure you use a little fray check to prevent the ribbon from fraying. I like to add a little button or something to cove up the raw edges. I auditioned severl different button and then decided on this little flower motif cut from a bit of lace. It sort of matched the flower on Minnie’s hat in the focus fabric.
Please stay with us all weekend to sew the entire set.