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Do you need a plastic bag holder? This sewing project is brought to you by Beginner Sewing Projects! Previously, I had made a no-sew plastic bag dispenser to share with you. Some people prefer to sew theirs together. So today, we’re showing you an easy tutorial for DIY plastic bag holders that you sew together!

Plastic Bag Holder and Dispenser – Sewing Version

Keep plastic grocery bags tidy and ready to reuse with an easy to sew plastic bag dispenser. This tutorial has thorough instructions and photos, perfect for beginners!

Make a plastic bag holder for all those unruly grocery bags you bring home from the grocery store. This dispenser makes it easy to grab a bag to dispose of smelly diapers and dog poo, or anything else you might need a bag for!

Plastic bag holder and dispenser sewing DIY project

This project is a great seller at craft fairs and farmers’ markets. Make them in a variety of colors to match every home’s style and décor. They are wonderful gifts too!

Supplies to Sew a Plastic Bag Dispenser

Fabric, ribbon, elastic, and thread, materials for the bag holder.

Heavyweight cotton is best for this project (think home décor fabric) to hold its shape. However, fat quarters are a perfect size. They will work fine and save you some cutting time.

How to Make a Plastic Bag Dispenser

Begin by washing, drying and pressing your fabric. This will remove any chemicals used during manufacturing and allow for shrinkage.

Ironing fabric smooth

Cut Fabric

Measure and cut your fabric to 18″ x 22″.

It is easiest and most accurate to do this with a rotary cutter and cutting mat.

Cutting fabric for plastic bag holder.

Fold and Sew

On the shorter edge of the fabric (18″), fold the fabric onto the wrong side 3/4″. Press as you go with an iron. This will create a casing for the elastic.

Ironing the fold for the sewing project

Make sure your fold is even all the way across, and pin in a few places to hold.

Next repeat for the opposite end of the fabric (18″ again).

Using coordinating thread, sew all the pinned edges with 1/2″ seam allowance.

Sewing the edges of the fabric for DIY plastic bag dispenser.

With the sewn edges at the top and bottom, fold the right sides of the fabric together, ensuring the raw edges of the fabric are lined up.

Sewing together plastic bag dispenser seams

Then using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew along the raw edge from the top to just before the bottom. STOP before you get to the bottom of the casing!

Did you know I make wooden seam rippers?

Insert Elastic Band

Now measure and cut your elastic to 8″. Insert a safety pin into one end of the elastic.

Adding elastic band for plastic bag dispenser diy sewing project.

Push the safety pin inside the bottom of the fabric casing. Work it through the casing, gently pulling the elastic along.

When the other end of the elastic reaches the opening, pin it to the fabric with a straight pin to hold it in place.

Continue to work the safety pinned end of the elastic through the casing until it comes out of the opening on the other side. Re-pin the elastic, making sure to catch both ends of the fabric loop you have created.

Plastic bag storage project diy

With 1/4″ seam allowance, continue sewing from your previously sewn line (along the raw edge) to finish sewing across the casing and both pieces of elastic. Backstitch several times.

Sewing the final seam on DIY plastic bag dispnser

Attach Ribbon for Hanger

Next measure and cut your ribbon to 7″.

Create a loop with the ribbon, and position it over the seam. Pin to hold in place.

Plastic bag dispenser ribbon hanger

Stitch the ribbon to the bag holder as close to the edge of the fabric as possible. Backstitch several times to create a strong hold.

Finish Plastic Bag Dispenser

Now reach inside the tube and grab the opposite end of the fabric.

Pull the fabric tube right side out.

Your plastic bag dispenser is ready to be hung!

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Plastic bag dispenser DIY sewing project

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To use, fill your dispenser with plastic grocery bags from the top. Don’t worry about how to fold plastic bags for the dispenser. Just shove them in. Then pull a bag from the bottom when you need one.

Plastic bag storage DIY project.

Don’t forget to pin this project for later!

Plastic bag dispenser how-to sew project


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