I have an overabundance of plastic grocery bags....they are like rabbits. Despite the fact that I grocery shop with reusable bags, I somehow still end up with a plethora of plastic ones. I actually like to have some of them on hand for wastebasket liners and for bagging up things here and there. So I've been stuffing them in a bigger bag and keeping them in our laundry room. They started to take over my space. I am certain that they were planning a coup. They looked unassuming, but I could tell...they needed to be dealt with. So I did.
I made this adorable grocery bag holder. It has elastic at the bottom so you can pull out one bag at a time. It has a great big opening at the top for stuffing in more bags. And it holds a lot of bags. Whatever it doesn't hold, I've decided I don't need to keep. I'll take them back to the store and recycle them at those big bin.
I also like it because it's make out of cute fabric and it makes me smile. It was super easy to make and because it's quilted, it seems to be pretty sturdy. I didn't quilt mine quite as fancy as the tutorial suggested, but I like how it turned out.
I used this tutorial (thanks AnneMarie!) and made it from material that I had on hand. I think it would make a pretty nice gift....in a practical, kind of way. Not sure that a grocery bag holder has the same appeal as a piece of jewelry or a candle does in a gift giving situation, but still. Since I was ambivalent about the gift-ability of the bag holder, I only made one. for me.