Sunday, October 18, 2009

Plastic bag organizer...

Yesterday's post was about the 'green' bags that are popular now. And I do love them. But I always forget to take them to the grocery store with me, so I end up with a bunch of the oh-so-un-green plastic bags. We recycle by using them for the small trash cans in the house. We have one drawer in the kitchen that we toss them into.

This is what it looks like... drives me crazy.

I have seen the different organizers to corral the bags, but most of them need to hang, and I don't have any cupboard doors that one would fit inside, and I don't want one hanging where I have to look at it.

So I got to thinking about what I might have on hand to make something to organize them in the drawer they were already in.

Requirements: it had to be sturdy and easy to work with.

I settled on a sheet of plastic canvas (7 mesh...10.5 inches by 13.5 inches is what I had on hand). I rolled it lengthwise (so long edge meets long edge) and let the edges overlap a few rows.

I used some scrap yarn and stitched the edge on top to the row underneath it. Then because I wanted to finish watching a tv program, I stitched the other edge (which was inside by a few rows) to the row on top of it. This really wasn't necessary, but I like the way it looks.

The diameter is large enough for my hand to reach into if necessary, and small enough to not impede the opening or closing of the drawer. Both ends are left open to reach the bags inside. It holds a bunch (all that were in the 'before' photo are now in it, and it's not full). When it's full to overflowing, we will quit saving the bags for awhile.

You could really go nuts and stitch the whole thing decoratively...but I wanted it purely for practical stay clean and be able to see bags I left it very plain.

Ahhhh...I feel better now.


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  2. Love it! My drawer looks like that as well,lol.Thanks for sharing!


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