Friday, March 12, 2010

Are You Bagged Out?

Does this look like the top of your pantry? This is actual documentation of the top of my pantry. I love having these sacks to grab for a quick lunch sack or picnic basket. They work great when we go to the lake to hold wet bathing suits and clothes too. I don't love, however, having the top of my pantry looking like the Marshmallow Man off Ghostbusters threw up!

We're always looking for great, creative ways to clean up and clean out and since this one hit so close to home I thought I should share with all of you loyal blog readers. Martha Stewart had an article out recently about how to make an adorable bag holder in just a few simple steps.

Tools and Materials:
15-inch-wide dish towel (ours has a 1/2-inch hem)
Pins and scissors10-inch strip of 3/4-inch twill tape
7 1/2-inch strip of 1/4-inch elastic;1 1/2-inch safety pin
Plastic Bag Organizer How-To:
Fold dish towel in half lengthwise, wrong side out; pin along the edge that's opposite the fold. Pin twill-tape ends to one open end to form hanger.

Sew a seam 7 inches from the folded edge to make a tube. Stitch twill tape in place.
1. Twill tape hanger
2. Folded edge
3. New seam

Thread elastic through the towel's existing hem: Snip one small slit in the towel's hem (shown, right). Flip tube over and repeat, making a second slit. Tie a large knot at one end of elastic; attach safety pin to other end. Slide safety pin through 1 slit, and ease through hem and out other slit. Tie elastic ends to gather. Turn bag right side out.
4. Snip line

To see the whole article
And for more great ideas that we love from Martha Stewart visit

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