Sewn Plastic Bag Dispenser

By  Ashley Braze 

size: 4"x22"

  • Sewn Plastic Bag Dispenser


  • Fabric scraps, 12” long: yellow, green/yellow print
  • Elastic, 1/2”-wide


  • Sewing machine and thread

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler or tape measure, safety pins, iron, sewing needle
  • 1. Position fabric scraps in lengthwise pattern on work surface using photo as guide. If scraps are wider than 12", trim so all scraps are same width.
  • 2. Pin top two scraps with right sides together along 12" side. Sew scraps together using 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat process to attach all fabric scraps together, creating large 12"x24" rectangle.
  • 3. Fold and press over 1/4" of top edge with iron. Fold over again about 3/4" and press with iron. Using 1/4" seam allowance, sew bottom edge to create casing for elastic.
  • 4. Cut 3" length of elastic. Insert elastic into casing; attach elastic even with opening on casing using safety pin. Feed elastic through to other end on casing opening; use safety pin to pin elastic even with edge on opening. Sew along both ends on casing to hold elastic in place.
  • 5. Repeat Step 4 for bottom of casing, using 2" length of elastic. (Note: This creates smaller opening to dispense bags.)
  • 6. For strap on top, press 2"x3-1/2" fabric strip in half to create 1"x3-1/2" strip. Sew along edge with right sides together using 1/2" seam allowance. Turn right side out by attaching safety pin on one end and feeding it through tubing to other side.
  • 7. Fold entire project in half lengthwise. Pin right sides together and sew 1/2" seam allowance, creating tube shape. Trim fabric along seam allowance to reduce bulk.
  • 8. Attach strap by pinning each end along edges of seam allowance on top of project. Sew strap ends using needle and thread to attach.
  • 9. Turn project right side out. Fill dispenser with plastic bags through top opening and dispense through bottom opening.
  • Tip
  • 1. To eliminate raw edges on project, trim seam allowance and run topstitch along length of outside seam. To eliminate raw edges on strap, before attaching to project, fold edges to inside and press with iron.