Thursday, January 15, 2015

DIY Grocery Bag Organizer for TBT

Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial by GYCT
Today I wanted to share a fun throwback post from several years ago.  If you are anything like me, you save all your grocery bags from the store.  You probably have like a million.  Well, today you are in luck.  We are sharing our Grocery Bag Organizer Tutorial from a few years back.  You're going to love it!!

Materials Needed:
Hand Towel
1/2" elastic
9" of Ribbon
Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial by GYCT
First, cut the tag off, this way it doesn't get in the way or get pulled out when you are removing trash bags.
Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial by GYCT
Next, cut your elastic about 4-5 inches SHORTER than the width of your towel.  Make sure you are measuring on the short side of your towel.

Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial by GYCT

Sew and backstitch the elastic to the towel.

Then pull the elastic tight as you sew. This will pull the ends of the towel in.

The base of your towel should be bunched up just like the picture 

Repeat adding the elastic to the opposite side of the towel.

With right sides together, pin the 2 long sides of the towel together.

Then sew from the top to the bottom. Make sure to backstitch or you'll be sorry because your thread will begin to pull and your stitches will come out from all the pulling as you get your trash bags out.

Attach a ribbon to the elastic on one side of the towel. Then sew the ribbon to the towel.

Voila! You now have a clean and easy way to store your grocery bags.


  1. Yesterday I knocked over the store-bought holder for the millionth time. I wished for a pattern just like I used to have. Perfect timing! I may use interior design fabric as I don't have any hand towels to sacrifice to this great project. Thanks!

  2. I want to use scraps from my sewing fabrics, what are the dimensions of this very cool project, please? Thanks :)

    1. Hopefully she will respond and give you her measurements, but to try and help, I measured my hand towel (which has been laundered) and it is 15.5" wideby 25" long. But the great thing with projects like this you can use any fabric you have...the only thing to watch for with this is to make sure after adding the elastic you can still shove your bags into the opening. Happy sewing!

    2. Thanks for responding Stephanie. As for dimensions, I'd just measure your favorite hand towel and use those dimensions. You can easily make it larger or smaller depending on the space you are going to be using it in. Hope that helps.

  3. about to start this project , with stuff from my stash pile !

  4. I get frustrated when I am looking for another size bag for a specific need. So I made 3 of these in different sizes. then I use the smaller one for small bags(such as ones for gift cards, from the pharmacy and the like) one for the standard size, & the bigger one for the larger bags (like the ones that blankets, large items come in) Sort as you fill the sleeve & when you need a special size - you know just where to go PS: I used scrap fabrics in different colors to do this project.