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Take an old doll and recycle into a cute plastic bag holder.
Approximate Time: one hour
I have the dolls on several doors in the house. It makes it so easy to always have a plastic bag when you need one.
I have been able to find dolls with themes to give to match my friends hobbies and personalities. We all know the joy in making is as much fun as the giving.
By Tedebear from San Jose, CA
A sleeve that zips out of a jacket makes a good plastic bag dispenser.
By Marjae from Kingston, NY
Take a piece of flexible aluminum dryer vent duct and make sure you put something on the edges like duct tape as it may be sharp. Cut it about 38 inches or how long you want it to be, curl it so it makes 1/2 of a circle, and stuff your store bags in it. It holds quite a few. My brother thought of this idea and I thought it was wonderful, he keeps it in his pantry.
By Diana from Highland, MI
Make a plastic shopping bag holder from a shirt sleeve. This one was my mom's (gee! she would be so proud of me!)
From other items of her clothing, I cut designs and stitched them on. I used part of the blouse for the hanger cord and attached it with 2 mini fabric yoyo's. (Near the bottom you can see it is a sleeve).
Now we have even more fond memories in the kitchen of mom. Thanks Mom!
By melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO
To organize your plastic bags, try making a plastic bag dispenser. With the plastic bag dispenser, you can now store your plastic bags nicely. Simply fold each plastic bag and drop it into the dispenser and retrieve it at the bottom of the box when you need it.
By Jasmine from Singapore
Oh, how I enjoy shopping for bargains. During the warmer months, DH and I love to go to all kinds of garage sales. At one of the sales, I saw something hanging on a nail which was stuffed full of plastic shopping bags. So I just had to find a free sewing pattern to make one for myself. I made several for friends who lived out of state, then the very last one I made for myself. If you look closely at the photo, you might find the mistake that I made. The palm trees are upside down, I had sewn the hanging loop on the wrong end of the bag and it was too much work to correct the mistake. I hang my plastic bag holder on a hook leading down to our basement. Now whenever I need a trash bag, I know where to find one.
This pattern was created by Diane DeArmond
By MCW from NY
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I found a stretchy short sleeve shirt with 3 buttons at neckline that was stained and planned to throw out as material not good for cleaning. I turned it inside out, stitched across the bottom and then put the plastic grocery store bags inside. I placed it on clothes hanger. it looks good, more stable than plastic in plastic and holds many more than the ones you can buy for several dollars. Now I'm looking for a smaller one for small plastic bags, such as bread and produce.
By Annette from Lewiston, Maine
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These are made of scraps of fabric, or can be made of worn out pants legs, or sleeves, use your imagination.
Close a seam down the side, and enclose the top with an opening on each end to run a tie through for attaching over a hook on the back of a door, or a hook in a closet. Put a strip of elastic on the bottom, drawing it just tight enough so that the size bags you are using can be pulled through, but do not fall out easily. When you stitch the hem up over the elastic, make sure you secure each end to the tightness you want.
We have these in the garage for reusing large leaf bags, and the uses are endless. Hope you enjoy making, even sharing them.
By Loretta from Theodore, AL