Friday, December 20, 2013
Plastic Bag Holder
Enter, Martha Stewart. She has this brilliant tutorial for making a bag holder out of a kitchen towel! An ah-ha moment! I did not photograph the steps in making this thing because Martha (or rather someone on her staff) already did so and the tutorial is quite simple. Go HERE to see for yourself.
Here is what I did differently: On the bottom where you put the elastic, Martha suggests cutting a slit in the seam allowance of the towel, threading the elastic through the seam allowance, and then tying the elastic in a knot. Instead, I ripped out a tiny piece of the stitching for the seam allowance on each end, threaded the elastic through, and then zigzagged over the elastic at each end. No knot tying. As it is, there is a bunch of fabric right there from when I sewed the seam making the towel into a tube, so I didn't figure I needed to bulk things up more and tie a knot. Either way works.
What are you waiting for? You likely have all of the supplies you need to accomplish this super-helpful project sitting around at home, and it truly takes all of about 15 minutes to accomplish. Martha used the following supplies: towel, elastic, twill tape, safety pin. I used the same, but if you don't have twill tape, you could always use ribbon or a long piece of some other fabric. It is simply used as the loop for hanging this amazing contraption in a handy location!
I actually made two of these: One for newspaper bags (we use them when we walk the dogs) and one for other plastic bags.
Get on it. Show those plastic bags who is the boss!! My entire pantry has breathed a sigh of relief.