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Pretty Plastic Bag Organizer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2009


Plastic bags seem to multiply, even if you try to take fewer of them from stores. Make sure you reuse them; its easy when they're in a handy holder that  matches your kitchen decor.


  • 15-inch-wide dish towel (ours has a 1/2-inch hem)

  • Pins and scissors

  • 10-inch strip of 3/4-inch twill tape

  • 7 1/2-inch strip of 1/4-inch elastic

  • 1 1/2-inch safety pin


  1. 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.

  2. Sew a seam 7 inches from the folded edge to make a tube. Stitch twill tape in place.

  3. Thread elastic through the towel's existing hem: Snip one small slit in the towel's hem. Flip tube over and repeat, making a second slit.

  4. 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. Snip line.

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