DIY plastic bag holder

My kitchen has a problem. It’s not organized . . . I know it’s confusing and devastating that I would have an unorganized kitchen, but I do. So I’ve started cleaning it up. We’re starting with one cabinet in particular because that’s where I stuff our plastic bags . . . and the plastic bags often fall onto our heads when we open this cabinet. So I finally decided to make one of those tubular – tubular in that it is rad and that it is shaped like a tub –  bags to hold all of our plastic bags. 


Let me preface this by saying that yes I do use reusable bags most of the time, but there are the occasional “quick” runs to Target that I end up with a couple plastic bags and I keep them to reuse. All you need to make this tubular bag is a kitchen towel (mine’s from Target, how appropriate), some elastic, scissors, and a paper clip – pretty ribbon is optional.


Start by folding your towel in half length wise (so it’s tall). You can press it at this point if you’d like. Take a paper clip and press it out to a cane shape like up there. Then push the one end of your elastic over the curve.


Push the paper clip thru the seam of your towel (snip holes at the end if it’s not already open) I attached the hook at the end so the end of the elastic would stay with the end of the towel and pushed the towel on to the paper clip like below. Once the other end of the elastic appeared I detached the front end from the paper clip and tied a knot creating a circle with the seam. After that it was easy to pull the paper clip out the way it came in.


Make sure your towel is nice and smooth – and still inside out – then sew a quick seam along the long open opposite the fold.

**picture of stitch

Now flip it right side out . . . viola! It’s all set to hold your plastic bags now. I wanted mine to hang as I imagine most of you will . . . at first I was going to get some pretty ribbon – then I decided to use leftover elastic instead of spend money on ribbon – but then my towel had this little piece on the inside . . .


I didn’t have a need for it on the towel so I snipped it off and stitched it right on the top to use as a hanger.

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Now it’s all done, and my cabinet is already much cleaner. Next up is the foil, parchment paper, plastic wrap, etc . . .

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How do you store your plastic bags? Any other kitchen organization tips?


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