Not only is this probably one of the easier sewing projects to make, but they’re quite useful. I remember when they sprang up in craft shows and everyone went a bit crazy with them. I love the good ol’ grocery sack holder. We have one in the kitchen, one in the baby’s room, and even one (yes, I’m serious) in the bathroom.
Here’s a basic tutorial on how to make one. If you’re new to sewing, this can be a great project to get your feet wet.
Start with a fairly good sized piece of fabric and sew up one side to make a ‘tube’. My scrap was just that…a scrap from a previous project.
If you want to add some embellishments, now is probably the best time (before it’s all ‘bunchy’ from the elastic). I sewed a wide piece of ribbon to the upper end of mine. I also sewed another piece of ribbon to that first piece (to make a bow later). I love bows.
Next, you want to create your casings on the ends of your ‘tube’. Don’t forget to leave an opening to run your elastic. Run your elastic and either tie or sew the ends together. (Personally, I prefer sewing at three close locations. Too many times I’ve tied the elastic and later it would come undone…which just makes you want to cry.) Once your elastic ends are secure, close up that opening.
Your bag is almost done. Find either a piece of matching ribbon or a make a tie out of a skinny piece of fabric. I used a piece of the same fabric. Just make a super skinny tube and turn it right side out. I tucked in the ends of the tie and top stitched the whole thing. If this isn’t your ‘bag’ (pun TOTALLY intended) just use a piece of ribbon. It will still look super cute.
Sew that tie to the top of the bag near the casing. Be sure to reinforce it well…it’s going to take a lot of tugging.
That’s it! Stuff and hang your bag and admire your handiwork. And then go chase down your kid.