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Plastic Bag Holder

Finished size : 5″ diameter × 13″ long

Plastic bags! We love to hate them, don’t we? Even though they are a nuisance, they can be handy to have around. This useful tube-shaped bag can help to keep them under control.

Materials and Supplies

  • ½ yard laminated cotton main fabric for the exterior
  • ⅝ yard laminated cotton accent fabric for the lining and bottom
  • ¼ yard lightweight double-sided fusible stiff interfacing, 20″ wide, such as fast2fuse Light by C&T Publishing
  • 1 yard ½″-wide grosgrain ribbon

Make one without a hole at the bottom and you’ve got a cute trash can for your car!

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preparing it

Trace the bag pattern on onto the interfacing with a pencil. (If you can’t see the pattern lines through your interfacing, trace the pattern onto thin paper, cut that out, and trace around the inner and outer edges onto the interfacing.) Roughly cut out the interfacing around the outside circle.

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cutting it out

  1. Cut 2 squares 9″ × 9″ from the accent fabric for the bag bottom and bag bottom lining. Refer to ironing laminated cotton (page 15, in Tips and Tricks) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to fuse the traced interfacing, centered, to the wrong side of a 9″ × 9″ square. Remember that this is double-sided fusible, so use parchment paper, an appliqué pressing sheet, or Silicone Release Paper (by C&T Publishing) to keep the side without the fabric from being fused at this point. Layer the 9″ × 9″ squares, right sides together, and pin them together inside the inner circle.
  2. On the exterior fabric, use a wide, clear ruler to draw and cut out a 13″ × 18⅞″ rectangle for the bag body.
  3. On the lining fabric, draw and cut out a rectangle 18⅞″ × 20″ for the bag body lining. Cut out the lining. On the wrong side of the lining, draw a pencil line 3½″ down from the top edge. Mark 5″ in from the edges on the line.
  4. 4. Cut 2 pieces of grosgrain ribbon, both 18″ long. Seal the edges with seam sealant such as Fray Check.

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sewing it up

1). With the interfacing side up, stitch the inner circle of the bag base, right on the line.

2). Use a pair of snips to cut out the inside of the small inner circle, leaving a ¼″ seam allowance. Clip the seam allowance all around. Use scissors to cut through all 3 layers on the outermost line.

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3). Turn the bag base right side out. Baste the outer edge of the circle closed, using a long stitch ⅛″ from the edge. Making sure to use a pressing cloth, fuse the other side of the bag base.

4). Gently fold the bag base in quarters, place a pin at each fold to mark it, and set aside.

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5). Push a pin through the 5″ marks on the wrong side of the bag lining to the front. Pin an end of each trimmed ribbon ½″ above the line at the pin on the right side.

6). Align the tops of both the lining and exterior rectangles, right sides together with the lining fabric on top, and pin on the stitching line 3½″ down from the top. The lining fabric will be 7″ longer at the bottom. With the lining side up, sew a seam along the pencil line, catching the bottom ends of the ribbon ties in the seam.

7). Refer to ironing laminated cotton (in Tips and Tricks) to press the wide seam allowance up toward the lining fabric, making sure to use a pressing cloth.

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8). Bring the 2 long side seams together, pin, and sew using a ¼″ seam allowance to make a long tube.

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9). Carefully press the seam allowance to the side without creasing the fabric tube. A sleeve board or sleeve roll is handy for this step but not necessary. You can also roll up a towel and slip it inside the tube.

10). Fold the lining down outside the tube until the bottom edges of both fabrics match up (the layers should be wrong sides together now). Pin the 2 layers together around the bottom of the bag and baste ⅛″ from the raw edges. Starting at the tube seam, repeat Step 4 to mark the bottom of the bag tube in quarters.

11). With the tube lining side out, match and pin together the tube and the bag base, making sure that the spacing is even and smooth. Sew together with a ¼″ seam allowance. Use a stiletto or other narrow pointed object to flatten and smooth any pleats and tucks as you sew. This is a slow process; be patient and careful.

12). Press the top edge of the bag, using a pressing cloth, and then bar tack (page 14, in Tips and Tricks) the ribbons to the top edge.

13). Tie the ribbons into a bow.

Hang your pretty and practical bag on a hook or doorknob and start filling it up!

Source :
Kelly McCants
at home with modern June
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