How to Recycle an Old Sweater into a Plastic Bag Organizercomments (6) March 21st, 2009
I have a collection of reusable bags I take to the grocery store, but every few trips I leave them at home in favor of the plastic bags at the store. I take those lucky bags with me when I walk the dog! The other day, I opened the drawer I keep them in to grab one to take on a sprint around the block and about five fell out onto the floor. I decided right then it was time to make an organizer to put them in. This project is a super win-win—I freed up a drawer in the kitchen for other stuff, I used a piece of sweater I had from a previous project, and last but not least, the plastic bags are now hanging in the mudroom with the leash, ready for action! You can make this project out of almost anything. I used a piece of sweater because I had it on hand. You could also use one of those reusable grocery bags that has gotten worn out (maybe it has a split seam), or an old T-shirt or scraps of fabric.
Here's what you'll need:
- A piece of sweater (or whatever you're using) that measures 10 inches wide x 22 inches long
- A 7-inch piece of elastic for the top opening
- A 5-inch piece of elastic for the bottom opening
- An 8-inch piece of elastic for the loop to hang your organizer from
- All-purpose thread
- A pile of plastic bags to stuff it with!
I decided to embroider on my piece of sweater before I cut it out. If you would like to embroider your fabric first and it has a nap (such as a sweater, towel, or fleece), check out my post on how to monogram fleece slippers for some tips.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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