I've needed a new one of these grocery bag holders for awhile now, and have been hanging on to the perfect fabric for one, so finally I just forced myself to sew it up. It was a quick sew (even with taking pics) so I put together a little tutorial for ya! There's french seams involved! Très chic. As chic as a grocery bag holder can be I guess.
I made it with some fabric by Robert Kaufman-the Suburbia line. The holder only needs a fat quarter of fabric, so it's perfect for those fat quarters you keep buying with no plan for. Come on, I'm not the only one that does that!
one fat quarter of fabric (quilting cotton) They usually measure 18"x22" if you're cutting from yardage.
12" of twill tape or ribbon
thread, sewing stuff
First off, make sure your edges are straight on your fat quarter, and that it is cut as evenly as possible.
Then fold it over, wrong sides together, on the side that measures 22", and pin that side.
Sew down that side with a 3/8" seam allowance.
Then turn wrong side out and press that seam.
While it's still wrong side out, sew down that seam again, this time with a 5/8" seam. Tada! you just made a french seam. Now all the raw edges are enclosed and so pretty.
Turn right side out and press the seam. Take care not to press the edges of the bag so that you don't have creases down your holder.
Then on one end, fold and iron in your raw edge about 1/4".
Then fold and press another 1/2" down.
Pin around the end.
Repeat with the other side, and on one end, take your 12" piece of twill tape or ribbon, fold it in half, and insert into the casing like so. This is your handle.
(no picture, sorry!) Then sew around each casing, leaving an inch open for the elastic.
Cut two pieces of your 1/4" elastic 9 inches long, clip a safety pin to one end, and insert into your casing.
I pin the end of the elastic next to the opening so I don't lose it inside the casing.
Once you pull both ends through, sew them together...
and then sew your opening shut.
All done with your cute and easy grocery bag holder. I would have shown it hanging in my pantry where it really goes, but that is a dark place no one but me should have to look at. At least I have this cheery fabric to look at now!