Making a Plastic Bag Holder

May 29, 2008

Take an old doll and recycle into a cute plastic bag holder. Doll holder with flowered dress.


Approximate Time: one hour




  1. To the doll dress hem, add enough material to make the length from the shoulder of the doll to the new hem twenty-seven inches long. (I do not remove the doll legs.)
  2. Three inches from the bottom hem, add one inch of seam binding. This is where you can really get creative by making your own contrasting binding. Sometimes I put the seam binding on the outside, other times on the inside. Insert the elastic.
  3. To the head of the doll (generally they have a hat), hand sew a round plastic ring or add a piece of yarn to hang the doll.

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 Several finished dolls.


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Rela Ann
August 8, 2005

Ever figure out where to put those tons of plastic bags you get when you go to the groceries? Here's a cheap way to do it while teaching your young ones the value of recycling!

tin can plastic bag dispenser

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November 30, 2009

Make a plastic shopping bag holder from a shirt sleeve. This one was my mom's (gee! she would be so proud of me!)

Plastic Bag Holder

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November 16, 2007

To organize your plastic bags, try making a plastic bag dispenser. With the plastic bag dispenser, you can now store your plastic bags nicely.

A Plastic Bag Dispenser

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October 4, 2006

Making a Plastic Grocery Bag Holder. 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. . .

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September 23, 2010

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.

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February 15, 2011

A sleeve that zips out of a jacket makes a good plastic bag dispenser.

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January 23, 2008

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.

A woven plastic bag holder.


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March 8, 2017

Here is a handy way to store extra plastic bags that can easily be made from a common bandana. This is a page about bandana storage tube for plastic bags.

A storage tube for plastic bags made from bandanas.

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March 15, 2017

Here is one idea for making a plastic bag saver using the sleeve from a man's shirt. Repurposing and reusing all in one. This is a page about making an upcycled plastic bag saver.

Plastic bag holder made from a shirt sleeve.

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September 30, 2016

Keeping your plastic bags organized for reuse can be done in a variety of ways. This is a page about DIY plastic bag dispenser.

DIY Plastic Bag Dispenser

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November 30, 2009

I know these have been made before, but I have not seen them here. This is a bag holder, for, in this case, grocery size bags, which we reuse in our small trash containers throughout the house.

Plastic Bag

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