Hey Look, I Sewed Something Besides a Halloween Costume!

The sewing machine was still out from Trevor's tablesetting project, so I decided to tackle something that's been on my to-do list for awhile.  

As I've mentioned many times, I don't really know how to sew.  I've made some Halloween costumes over the years, most recently Trevor's knight costume.  It was nothing but a giant rectangle with a cut-out hole for his neck, yet it still was a major challenge for me.  

I wanted to make one of those bag holder things.  Do you know what I'm talking about?  It's basically a cylinder with ribbon on the top and elastic on the bottom. As you get plastic bags, you stuff them in the top and when you need a plastic bag, you pull one from the bottom. Even I can sew a cylinder!

I started with a white kitchen towel, made pockets on the top and bottom, then threaded ribbon through the top and elastic through the bottom.  I pinned the elastic in place, then pinned the wrong sides of the dishtowel together to form my cylinder.

Oops.  Apparently if you're going to sew through 4 layers of towel you might want to use a special needle.  

I replaced the needle, finished sewing, and turned my bag right-side out.  Yea!  It actually looks like I'd imagined it would!

And now, for the Before and After.  This is where we store all of Trouble's care items- comb, nail clippers, treats, and plastic bags for cleaning out his litterbox.  


... and after! 
I can't believe how many plastic bags I was able to squeeze into my new bag holder!  Very exciting!  


  1. AWEsome project! Looks so tidy :) Super job Cindy!

  2. I think you did great! This looks awesome and the place looks so much neater! Yay! :)

  3. Excellent job, Cindy! You are getting so adventurous!

  4. Nicely done. Noticed the size on the broken needle. Lesson learned:) I've been wanting to make a bag holder for our kitchen, but never thought to use a towel...ingenious!

  5. So that's what broke the sewing machine needle!! :) Super cute!! Love how it turned out!!

  6. Congrats on your success. Great early sewing project.


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