Was? Old Shirt. Is? Plastic Grocery Bag Dispenser.

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing

A. The other day I noticed how out of control my grocery bags have gotten without me even noticing. They used to live between the wall and the dryer in the laundry room. Not really a good system.

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B. I came across a husband’s shirt with an unfortunate sweat stain around the neck. Gross. But the rest of the shirt is perfect, so how to reuse it???

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C. Plastic grocery bag holder made from husband’s old shirt.

I love myself.

Supplies

  • a woven shirt (long or short sleeved)
  • standard sewing supplies

plastic grocery bag storage

Step 1 With the shirt buttoned, lay it out flat on the table.

plastic grocery bag storage

Step 2 Cut off the sleeves so you have a rectangle. You can cut off some of the bottom if you want it to be shorter.

Step 3 Cut off the collar, right above a seam so you don’t have to finish the edge.

Step 4 Sew the front of the shirt closed. A zipper foot is handy on this step.

Step 5 With right sides together, sew around the shirt to enclose all the sides leaving the only opening at the neck.

plastic grocery bag storage

Step 6 Stuff with plastic grocery bags and hang from that little loop on the back of most men’s shirts.

My laundry room is more organized and I have found a practical use for that old shirt. It’s been a good day.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny McCulloch March 9, 2010 at 6:53 am

Way to repurpose stuff, Kelsey!

Does it not freak you out that he kind of looks like a dismembered torso?

2 Keri March 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

this bag dispenser creeps me out a bit – looks like half a body. :)

3 Kimberly R March 9, 2010 at 10:12 am

Not at all what I was expecting – great idea – but I must admit it made me giggle.

4 Michelle March 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

Ha, so cute and easy. But I’d have to get used to seeing that when I opened up my pantry door… might scare the pants off me! :0)

5 Julie B March 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Very creative and cute when stored in the laundry room

6 Deborah March 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Love this idea. Frugal upcycling. Thanks so much.

7 Laura March 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Totally love this. Funny thing is that I was just thinking I needed a better system myself. Mine are all just stuffed in another grocery bag, and tied to a wire shelf. I’ll be getting on this one right quick…

8 Kelsey March 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm

It looks creepier in the picture than it does in real life. I do think that rounding the corners off on the top would make it look more bag like and less creepy. Maybe I should stick a mannequin head on top!

9 Kimberly R March 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

No mannequin heads you will give the kids nightmares for life – LOL

10 Anne March 11, 2010 at 7:58 am

I like your idea, especially because it is such a large solution. I have tried other ideas advertised as storage solutions, but they fill up so fast I would have to have a bunch of them. This would work for me!!

Thanks,

11 Mae March 3, 2011 at 7:26 am

Nice idea! I looked at it and thought if you leave the bottom one or two buttons unstitched and unbuttoned, you pull bags out the bottom? I gotta make this one. Thanks so much.

12 Marie February 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this idea. A friend called me today. She had a drain put in her lung and has an associated bag and she wanted a cover for it. I saw your pattern, and I bought a little boy’s button down shirt and made a cover for her bag based on your pattern. Her family loved it and I was happy to deliver a creative solution. Thank you!

13 Mavis Jones December 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

Great way to repurpose. I have some old men’s shirts that I had gotten from Goodwill for another project. This is a great idea for a use for the remainder of the shirt. (Only used the sleeves for the other project).

14 Christy March 19, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I am going to do this with a old work shirt of my husbands to put his rags out in the garage in.

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