Well if you hadn’t guessed it before by my blog – beekeeping, thrifting and making old things new again – I’m one of those new age hippies. My big thing is reuse. I hate putting things in the dump if I can avoid it. I especially hate those little styrofoam packing peanuts. I have a giant box in my basement full of them that I reuse for packing just so they won’t go into the dump immediately. Sorry I digress.
A few years ago I decided I wanted to compost. There are lots of stigmas around composting – that it smells, it is hard work, etc. Well I can tell you none of those things apply. I keep a compost bin under my sink and throw vegetable scraps in it until it fills up. This compost bin is so great at concealing odors that I sometimes forget how long the food scraps have been in there until I open it. And I can put it right in the dishwasher!
Sidebar – look at my organized under-sink! I created and installed a corner shelf last weekend that makes things so much more organized (see the top left). (Thanks mom & dad for my power drill and circular saw!) Oh let me show you the other side too! On the right I added a nice little $.99 thrift store basket to hold random cleaning supplies and sponges!
You may have noticed the unsightly stash of produce bags sitting in a ball under the sink. I can’t bear to throw these away either so I use them to line my compost bin before eventually throwing them away (they also work as dog poop bags for the tiny poop machine).
So to take care of my unsightly bag stash I’m going to show you how to make a grocery bag or produce bag holder that you can hang up. Hopefully this will encourage you to store your bags and reuse them! Look at how much better this looks now!
But wait, there’s more! Before I show you the bag holder plans – I’d like to give away two sets of hand made earth friendly items for our January give away! You’ll get a full size grocery bag holder and a fun mystery prize that I’ll show you how to make next week! What do you have to do to enter the contest? Just comment about an earth-friendly step you’ve taken in your household or an environmentally friendly idea that you are thinking about trying! No idea is too small because as Captain Planet says “the power is YOURS”. (I know you’re rolling you’re eyes and I… am… loving it!!)
Captain Planet Grocery Bag Holder
What you need:
- 2 pieces of 21″x8″ lightweight fabric for a grocery bag holder -or- 2 pieces of 15″x7″ lightweight fabric for a produce bag holder
- 1/4 inch elastic (about 1.5 feet)
- yarn needle
- short piece of ribbon
- Iron your two rectangles of fabric flat.
2. With right side together pin and sew along both the long sides of your rectangles.
3. Fold the top over once 1/2 inch.
4. Fold over again and pin to form a 3/4″ rolled hem.
5. Stitch close to fold and leave a one inch gap opened to form a tube.
6. Using a yarn needle thread the elastic through the rolled hem tube.
7. Gather fabric around the elastic until you have a hole 3.5 inches in diameter (or 2.5″ for the produce bag holder). Tie off the elastic.
8. Sew the gap you left in the hem closed.
9. Repeat steps 3-9 for the bottom hem.
10. Cut a 8-10 inch piece of ribbon (depending on preference) and fold in half.
11. Stitch ribbon to the side seam at the top and bottom of the rolled elastic casing.
Open out & stuff with bags!