DIY Grocery Bag Holders

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Grocery bag holders are easy to sew. Here are 6 that were made for gifts.

How to make grocery bag holders. You can store lots of plastic bags in these until you’re ready to reuse them. These make fantastic gifts for the holidays and are quick to make!

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DAY SEVEN of the DIY gift series! I’m excited. Grocery bag holders make great gifts- I’m sure most people need a better place to store their plastic bags and if someone already owns one, they can probably use another. These are also fairly easy to make so they’re a decent project for someone new to sewing.

Here’s a quick video of how they work:

Best part? They’re a great way to use smaller scraps of fabric. Check out the full video tutorial below.

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How to Sew Grocery Bag Holders

Supplies for Grocery Bag Holders

  • Woven Fabric for Holder: 22″ x 11″ for the body and 3″ x 8″ for the strap (this size can be adjusted if you prefer!)
  • Snaps
  • Elastic 

Tools

Below is a video tutorial on sewing grocery bag holders, but you can scroll below for the photo tutorial if you prefer.

Cut your fabric (make sure you use great scissors like these Gingher scissors).

Serge the top and the bottom edges. If you don’t have a serger, you can zig zag the edges.

Serge top and bottom edges of the grocery bag holder.

Fold over the top edge, iron, then sew a straight stitch. This finishes the top of the grocery bag holder.

Fold over top edge, iron, and sew.

Fold the fabric right sides together, joining the two sides that haven’t been serged. Serge. Turn right sides out. If you don’t have a serger, you can just sew a straight stitch and zig zag the edge if you want to prevent future fraying.

Serge right sides together.

Create your straps. Sew right sides together, turn, top stitch. The ones below were serged, not sewn.

Create your straps.

Attach strap to top of grocery bag holder. I just did a straight stitch across, making sure to reinforce by back stitching over the strap.

Sew handle on.

Add snaps. If you don’t have snaps, you could just sew the loop completely to the holder. Learn how to sew snaps here.

Add snap to the handle for the grocery bag holder.

On the bottom of the holder, turn over the edge and sew a straight stitch around the holder. This creates a casing for your elastic. Make sure you leave a small opening.

Sew casing for the grocery bag holder.

I used a safety pin to feed my elastic through the casing. Once it was all the way around the bottom of the holder and the elastic was nice and scrunched up, I sewed the elastic to itself.

Add elastic to the grocery bag holder.

Sew closed the casing.

 Sew closed the casing for the grocery bag holder.

The finished products came out super pretty… I love them.

grocery bags
Yield: 1 Grocery Store Bag

DIY Grocery Bag Holders

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1-$5

Make your own grocery bag holders with this easy sewing tutorial. You can store lots of plastic bags in these until you’re ready to reuse them. 

Materials

  • Woven Fabric for Holder: 22″ x 11″ for the body and 3″ x 8″ for the strap
  • Snaps
  • Elastic

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors or rotary cutter/cutting mat set
  • Safety Pin or Bodkin
  • Iron / Ironing Board

Instructions

  1. Cut your fabric.
  2. Serge the top and bottom edges.
  3. Fold over the top edge, iron, then sew a straight stitch.
  4. Fold the fabric right sides together, joining the two sides that haven’t been serged.
  5. Serge and turn right sides out.
  6. Create your straps.
  7. Sew right sides together, turn, top stitch.
  8. Attach strap to top of grocery bag holder.
  9. Add snaps.
  10. On the bottom of the holder, turn over the edge and sew a straight stitch.
  11. Sew closed the casing.

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Easy to Sew Grocery Bag Holders for Easy Gifts
Easy to Sew Grocery Bag Holders for Easy Gifts

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