Wednesday, March 14, 2012

fabric grocery bag holster (a.k.a. kitty litter bag holder)

One of the weird things about working in the blogging community is that most times you never actually get to meet the people you interact with. Devon of Miss Make is the rare exception. I first met Devon at the Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica and I've been a fan of her blog ever since!

Over at Miss Make you'll find tons of project inspiration and tutorials like this sparkle punch baby cushion:

Or this delectable recipe for caramelized brussel sprouts with bacon:

And she can be cheeky too as evidenced by this giant tomato pin cushion!

Today, she's offering up her take on a cat lover's must have item: the fabric grocery bag holder.

For a long time I had resigned myself to the fact that there is no good way to store plastic bags.

They have a way of floating and sneaking and escaping out of whatever thing you're trying to trap them in. They have a weird chalky texture and loud annoying rustle. They're also kinda just plain ugly. But since I have an indoor cat, they are a very necessary part of the whole clean-the-litterbox process. And although I've never had a dog, I know they can also be useful for your pupper's trips outside.

Then one amazing day in Target I saw this little fabric tube thingy, specifically designed to hold plastic bags. It was groundbreaking. Revolutionary. I looked at it for a little while and thought I could probably make my own version at home, out of fabric I liked better. I also thought it would be a perfect project for Pet Month here on Meremade. So here's what I did.

This is a super easy sewing project that even the most beginner of beginners can do. The handle means it can hang basically anywhere you need it to go [door knob? utility room hook? back of a car seat?]. And the best part [to me anyway] is that you can make it out of whatever fabric you want, so you can turn something that's boring and chore-related into a little spot of visual happiness. I like visual happiness!

Fabric Grocery Bag Holster
15" square piece of fabric
15"x4" rectangle of fabric
[as a shortcut you could use 15" of 1" wide ribbon or cotton webbing]
8" of 1/2" elastic
matching thread

First you'll make the hanging strap. Fold each long edge of the 15"x4" fabric in to the center and press. Then fold the whole thing in half and press again.

Topstitch along the open edge to close, 1/8" from the edge. Then topstitch along the other side.

Zig zag stitch right along three edges of the 15" square fabric. Go right along the edge.

Fold the strap in half and pin it to the printed side of the square, 3.5" in from the edge, on the middle zig zagged side.

Fold the fabric square over the strap so that it's sandwiched inside. Pin along the zig zagged edges.

Sew along the zig zagged edges with 1/2" seam allowance, backstitching at beginning and end.

Turn up the open raw edge 1/4" and press. 

Turn up another 3/4" and press again.

Turn everything right side out. Sew along the inner folded edge of the turned up fabric, making a continuous circle around the inside of the tube. Don't go all the way around though, leave an opening so you can insert the elastic.

Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the casing you just made. Overlap the ends 1/2" and sew together, sewing and backstitching several times with a zig zag stitch. 

Wiggle the elastic inside the casing, then sew the rest of the casing closed, backstitching at beginning and end. Stuff your new creation with all your ugly annoying grocery bags.

Pull bags out as you need them. Enjoy!


  1. Fantastic Idea! Not only can you store plastic bags, but I am thinking I can store kitchen cloths - the kind that I wipe my kids faces with after they eat! This little tube is so handy! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. These are such a great idea. My mum made me some a few years ago, and I use them all the time!

    Great tutorial!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. Ha! That is the only reason we save the bags for, is for cleaning our kittys box. :) Love this! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Just coming by to let you know that your fabric grocery bag holder is featured on my blog today! :) Stop by to grab a button, if you wish. Thanks for linking up with Think Pink Friday's!

  5. Seen a few of these & I like this one best!I'll be making one soon! Thanks,

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