Sew Crafty Friday-Bag Keeper

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   Shereen at Waiting for Him hosts Sew Crafty Friday.

This grocery bag keeper is a simple project that I think any novice sewer could create.  Mine is made with a piece of scrap fabric about 17” by 18”, 20” of elastic, 20” of matching ribbon, fusible web, and a fabric cutout. I used the left over picture from a bunny cut out project.
The first thing I did was to fuse the fabric cutout onto the web, cut it out along the pattern edges and then fused it to the center of the 17” by 18” piece of fabric.  I then zigzag stitched all around the edges of the cutout with matching thread.

Next I folded down about 1/4’” on each 18” edge, pressed it, then folded another ¾” and pressed that.  Then I stitched across forming the casing.  I cut the elastic into 10” pieces and fed them through the casings, stitching them at each end to secure.  Next I folded the fabric in half, right sides together, and stitched up the side seam.  Finally I folded the ribbon in half and attached it to the inside of the top of the bag at the seam.
This is a super quick and easy project.  I think it would be a great one to use for teaching young ones to sew and would be a practical gift.
I searched the web and found all kinds of variations to making a bag keeper.

Penn State 4H PDF-made from dish towel

Extra Large Bag Holder

There are some wonderful and fun ideas to make them from recycled items.

Girl’s Dress Bag Holder

Doll Plastic Bag Holder

If you don’t like to sew, there are patterns for knitting and crocheting them.


Plastic Bag Keeper

Crochet Bag Storage Lady


Grocery Bag Dispenser

Quickie Plasic Bag Holder

Lacy Grocery Bag Holder

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7 Responses to Sew Crafty Friday-Bag Keeper

  1. 4sweetums says:

    That is so cute.



  2. psalm127 says:

    Wow! Great Job!!! I will have to look into making some of those.

  3. habermom94 says:

    I have a new sewing machine and well never was taught how to sew. I would love to learn but I have no idea where to start. LOL I would love to sign up for a sewing class at some point!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi, mom2fur here (–I've made bag holders, but I never thought to start with a plain fabric and add an applique like that! I love it, it's just too adorable!

  5. Anonymous says:

    That is so cute! I never thought of making a bag holder but I certainly could use one. 🙂


  6. ReviewsbyHeidi says:

    I wish they'd make them about 5 feet long, though. We always have a major overabundance of grocery bags, so I end up filling a bag with more bags. My "bag of bags" as I call it is always stuffed full! LOL

  7. lahbluebonnet says:

    I used to sew these for myself and everyone else at Christmas. I used a pathwork pattern for the gifts. Good work.



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