DIY Shopping Bag Holders from Plastic Canvas
Because I have 3 cats I have a lot litter boxes to clean out. Each cat has their own favorite but sometimes I think they will visit one another’s to be a jerk. Namely Maybelline. She’s the jerkiest of the bunch :)
Sure she looks cute enough but I promise she can be a 100% Grade A Jerk. But I’m getting off track, here. Three cats equals lots of dirty litter an so I scoop boxes a lot. And I tend to use shop bags from the store to dispose of their waste. For the longest time I had these awesome IKEA shop bag holders that my parents got me but after, like seriously a decade of use, both have broken. And since I didn’t see myself going to one of my fave stores of all time anytime soon (I LOVE YOU IKEA!) I decided to try and make my own.
Now I had just made a book cover for my nephew’s Harry Potter book out of plastic canvas and I decided it was pretty cool stuff. Cool and cheap. Gotta love cheap.
And so I first started out stitching up a huge piece of plastic canvas with a really pretty pink and yellow pattern before I was freaking over it. OVER IT. I seriously spent days stitching this beast before I realized that I was making this to hold POO BAGS. Why so much effort? And so I decided to piece my canvas together in a fun, color blocked way so that I still had the form and function with a neat look but without all of the stitching and work. In the end each bag holder took between and 20-30 minutes to create from cutting out the plastic canvas and stitching it together. Heck, I half watched a TV show through all 3 of these so if you focus you might be able to bang these out even quicker. Who knows? And since plastic canvas is CHEAP I spent a grand total of $4.20 for 3 of these guys and I have quite a bit of canvas left over. Are you sold, yet?
For this project you will need:
- Plastic canvas sheets
- Yarn needle (make sure it fits through the plastic canvas)
First you’ll need to cut strips from your plastic canvas sheet that are 21, 21, 34 and 46 squares wide.
Take and trim out 3 different sized pieces (I have shorter, right in the middle and longer) from one of your pieces from above. Count out the squares and cut the same sizes out of your 3 other pieces. Repeat for additional colors and then mix the pieces up so that when paired up they equal the same size like above.
Begin piecing together your different colors to create panels. Leave a tail of about 1-2 inches and then whip-stitch over it, stitching to the end of the piece.
Once you reach the end run your needle and yarn through the stitches you just made and pull through one of the stitches a few inches in. Trim the yarn doing your best to cut close to the stitches to hide your second tail. If our stitches are very tight, you might have to run the needle under a few stitches at a time until you reach about an inch run below the stitches.
Continue stitching building your panels for each individual holder.
Once your panels are made, whip stitch them together. To create a fun, geometric shape you’ll use the 2, 21 count pieces as the sides, the 46 as the back and the 34 as the front.
This is the shape you’ll need to cut out of your canvas to create the top and bottom pieces of your holders. We’ll cut holes out so we can easily pull a bag through the bottom or shove a handful in the top, but for now you’ll want to mimic this shape. The front will be 34 squares wide, and the back will be 46, just like the width of those pieces we will be affixing them to. The sides will be 21 squares tall with a stair-step stagger ever 3 squares to create an angled shape.
Give each of your interesting shapes an opening like you see above while trying to keep things fairly symmetrical.
Whip stitch that business around the edges of the the holder to secure for both a top and bottom piece. You can also whip stitch around the the opening to soften any sharp edges (I’d recommend doing that before you add this piece on). This here is the top of your holder. It’s easy to shove lots of bags in the larger opening. See way far down there? That’s the bottom.
For this opening you need something large enough you can wiggle your fingers around to grab on to a bag, but not so gaping that bags fall out of it all of the time.
I made 3 using 3 different colors so that I have one to keep near each litter box we have. I know, I know, they say 1 box for each cat plus one but I just can’t find a place for 4 boxes in the house and we clean ’em like clockwork, anyway :)