How to Make a Plastic Bag Holder using Fat Quarters

Do you get annoyed with plastic bags being everywhere in your kitchen?

I do and that’s why I decided to sew a plastic bag holder.

My mother in law gave me some lovely fat quarters from The Craft Cotton Company that had some lovely patterns and were in pink, lilac and purple colours.

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What You Will Need

  • 4 Fat Quarters (or 2, depending on how many different designs you’d like)
  • Ruler
  • Pen or marker
  • Sewing machine, needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Safety pin
  • Iron (optional)

How to Sew a Plastic Bag Holder

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1.Cut your fat quarters to size. I made 6 rectangles which measured 5 inches wide and 17 inches long. (If you want your bag to be thinner then cut the length smaller.) Place them together and choose your design, I decided to have two different pink designs whereas the other two are repeated.

sewing machine line fabric

sew together right side together

2. Use a sewing machine to sew a straight line (on the wrong side and length-way) by bringing the rectangles right-sides together. Make this a half an inch seam. Continue to do this until they’re all attached.

ironing flat seam after sewing line

3. Iron the seams by bringing the sides inside to opposite sides. This will give it a nice flat finish.

fold twice for neat finish sew neat finish

sew a ribbon loop to hang bag holder up

4. Fold half an inch of the top of your plastic bag holder twice. Sew it using your machine for a neat finish. Then attache a ribbon by sewing it into the inside seam.

fold twice so big enough for ribbon sew by folding twice the end for ribbon

5. Now for the bottom do the same thing but I made it an inch, so that my ribbon can easily slide through it. That meant that I sewed at the very edge of the fold to make the step 7 much easier!

6. Fold all of your rectangles, right-sides together, width-wise, and sew a line that’s half an inch. Iron the seams as before.

hole to feed ribbon through safety pin to feed ribbon through folded material

7. Make two holes on the inside of the seam you’ve just made. Be careful and only make the hole on the one side. Attach a safety pin to the end of your ribbon to feed it through inside the seam you’ve made (that’s why I made it bigger in step 5) and pull it through. Leave a generous amount of ribbon so that you can tie it tight and make a bow.

tie the ribbon and make a bow

Now, turn it inside out…

turn it inside out hole for bags at the bottom

Use the end to pull bags through and make it bigger or smaller whenever you need to. Simply pop the ribbon back inside once you’ve tightened it and tied it.

how to sew a bag holder using fat quarters

Now, hang it up and fill it with lots of plastic bags. The kitchen looks soooo much neater!

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Here’s an easy to follow video guide:

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Send me your plastic bag holder projects and I’ll showcase them below 🙂

Here’s one by my friend Sarah:

Plastic Bag Holder with buttons by Sarah

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • July 31, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    Wow this is so cool. I can’t sew much but I am going to try making this holder.

  • August 1, 2016

    Cathy Glynn

    I love the colours of the cotton and I bet this could have numerous uses, I’m thinking of my daughter’s bedroom and a place to put some cuddly toys. x

  • August 1, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    That is a really pretty plastic bag holder. I have a sewing machine somewhere in the house, but I haven’t seen it since we moved. Must unearth it! 🙂

  • August 1, 2016

    Mellissa Williams

    This takes me back to the sewing lessons I had. I’m pretty useless sewing still but I do try and even I think I could make this

  • August 1, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    Yes I get annoyed when there are too many plastic bags so this looks perfect!

  • August 2, 2016

    Gaby {}

    This is such a cute and easy idea even for a novice like me! (I have a sewing machine and I have only saw cushion covers so far! lol)

  • August 2, 2016

    Emmie, Unsigned

    I am literally the least crafty person to exist. Scrap that, I am the least crafting, sewing, baking, play-dating mum to ever exist so this post is like a different language to me although I love the end result! I am going to share this with Mr Me and see if he is interested in making it as he is more domesticated than I (the shame!).

    Emmie xo

  • August 2, 2016


    I have a plastic holder with holes in the side that you can pull them out – but this looks much prettier. Thanks for the instructions.

  • August 2, 2016


    Now of of these I could most definitely do with, I have loads of bags looking unsightly x

  • August 2, 2016

    Kara Guppy

    That looks really useful, I could do with one of those

  • August 3, 2016


    This is a lovely idea. I hate looking for bags all over the house. Keeps them all tidy. Looks great 🙂

  • August 4, 2016

    Sav Chin

    This is actually pretty cool. I think i want one!

  • August 4, 2016


    This is a great idea, my drawers are over run with bags so this will free up space x