USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT SEWING
Needed a plastic bag holder for a friends gift, so set to work making a pattern from an older one that my mother made some years back for me. Gave the bags a little more decorative flair by incorporating left over scraps to construct this bag.
Have Fun Making these bags, an economical and easy Christmas gift!
Plastic bags are not my favorite thing, but they can be used as small waste can liners until they come up with an alternative for plastic bags.
1. The plaid is 8"X 14". Cut 2 of these. The leaf and fruit material is 14" X 14". Cut one of these. To hang the finished bag you will need a piece of bias tape or make your own. See the archives for Bias Tape Instructions. Cut a piece 8". You will also need 1/4" elastic.
2. I then placed the plaid and fruited material right sides together and sewed them together with a 1/2" seam allowance. Do this on both ends of the bag.
3. Press the seam up towards the top on each end.
5. I then turned down the plaid material and placed it over the pressed seam and pined in place. Then pressed the top.
6. Sew a 1/8" seam on the edge of where pins are placed. Do this on both ends of the bag.
7. Now at the top of the plaid material (This will be the top of your bag) I sew a 5/8" seam down from the top. Then sew another seam 3/8" to a 1/2" down from the top seam. This is where you will run your elastic. You do this JUST ON THE PLAID SECTION THAT WILL BE THE TOP OF THE BAG.
8. I place a small enough safety pin in the 1/4" elastic.
9. Place your safety pin in the seam that you made in step #7. Work the safety pin through the seam till you reach the other end.
10. When you reach the other side sew over the end of the fabric back and forth over the elastic to secure it in place.
11. Go to the other end of the elastic and pull up to the desire width that you want at the top of your bag.
12. Then sew over the end of the elastic to secure it in place.
13. On the bottom end of the bag sew a seam 1/2" across the bottom as shown above. Run the elastic in this bottom seam. For running elastic see steps #8-12
14. The bottom will look as in the above picture.
15. The plastic bag at this point should look like above picture.
16. Fold plastic bag in half with right sides together and pin.
17. Take your bia tape and sew as you see in the above picture. Then fold it in half.
18. Pin the bias tape as shown above.
19. Sew a 1/2" seam as you see above. To secure the bias tape sew over it a couple times. Using a heavy, or top stitching, or jean needle as this will be a thicker area to sew.
20. Zig Zag the edge of the seam to keep it from raveling. If you have a serger you can use it to finish the seam.
21. At this point I sew down the seam with a zig zag stitch just to secure and hold down the seam on the top and bottom ends of the plastic bag holder.
Your plastic bag is now complete. Just hang it up and stuff plastic bags in the top till full and pull out from the bottom.