Carrier Bag Dispenser

 Finished Carrier Holder

Hands up who has a carrier bag full of carrier bags in their home…

Oh, you too! Well this next make is right up your street then. This is a super quick make (less than 30 minutes) and will organise your home in no time. All you need is some fabric, a piece of elastic and some ribbon (I used the ribbons you cut out of your new clothes hold them on the coat hangers!)

  1. Take a piece of fabric 50cm x 30cm (or for a slightly wider/easier version, a fat quarter is fine and doesn’t require measuring or cutting to size!).
  2. Fold it in half lengthways with the right sides facing each other
  3. Place your ribbon inside the fabric, with both ends just sticking out of one of the short ends of the dispenser (this will be your handle when you turn it the right way) and pin two sides of your folded fabric leaving the short end without the ribbon in free from pins (as this will be your elasticated ‘neck’) – the photo below shows you what this will look like

Carrier Holder Progress 1

  1. Using a 1cm seam allowance, sew the short end, catching your ribbon, and long length so you have a bag shape (with the handle essentially in the bottom of your bag as we’ll turn it upside down)
  2. Measure the thickness of your elastic
  3. At the open end of your bag, still inside out, fold back 0.5cm then the thickness of your elastic + 0.5cm. Mine was 1.5cm elastic so I folded back 0.5cm and then another 2cm.
  4. Sew around the edge of the fold to create a casing, leaving a gap to thread your elastic through (I use a safety pin to help me thread this through
  5. The length of your elastic will vary – I would tend to go for a 17-18cm piece however depending on the size of your hand, you might need slightly more or less (you could always knot your elastic to test the size of your loop)

Carrier Holder Progress 2

  1. When you’re happy with the elastic band, overlap your pieces by 2.5cm and sew together
  2. Push your elastic into the casing and close this with a few more stiches
  3. Fill your dispenser with all of your carrier bags and marvel at how organised you are…you’re welcome!

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