June 16, 2010

Quilted Grocery Bag Holder

I love making functional crafts.  Maybe it's because I can justify the time I spend on them:) 
I don't have very much under-sink or in-a-cabinet space, so my leftover plastic grocery bags have been overflowing from them. 
I do have a perfect little nook in my kitchen to hang these adorable bags though!  So this was a perfect, pretty solution. 
I am even going to have a holder for the white bags and one for the brown ones.  (Believe it or not, I use them for different things:} )
I used the tutorial from Moda Bake Shop - which was very easy to follow.
I picked matching fabric from my stash, and cut 20 - 5" x 6" pieces.  Then, I sewed them four across and four down, so that my final piece was taller than it was wide.

This was my first time doing any kind of quilting, so don't look too close.  I just did a swirly freehand pattern.  I didn't even mark my fabric beforehand. 

I loved how Moda's tutorial used a different piece of fabric, folded over and sewn, to make the top and bottom strips to hold the elastic.  It was easy, and nice to pick out a complementing color. 

Instead of using another piece of elastic for the handle, I sewed a ribbon on the top edge. 

Nice and quick!  My favorite type of sewing projects - because I like that feeling of completion:)

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  1. those are really cute! Good job! I saw those on the Moda page, now I have seen how easy they are *thank you* I should make one. And your free hand quilting is great! I had to go back and read again to see if you did it freestyle or not. Pat yourself on the back! Looks good!!

  2. I love my bad holder for the same reason, no space. But I'm a little curious how you use your bags differently:)

  3. Ha:) I use the white ones to line the garbage can in the bathroom. I dont like the way the brown ones look - and the white ones match the towels. I know, I'm a dork!;)