I’ve worn my bag holder out, ya’ll! Sad, stretched out and embarrassed … ahem, I’m still talking about the bag holder!! Anyway, I thought I’d make one for myself, but I’ve made one to give away first ’cause I can’t be the only one out there that needs a pretty new bag holder! It’s GIVEAWAY DAY over at Sew Mama Sew and you should check it out! I’ve listed below how I made mine, and what my old one looks like. But, first, here’s the one I made just yesterday, just for you! So pretty, with a lining and line of pretty little hexies.
Congratulations to Charlotte Lunsford! You’ve won the Hexi Bag Holder! Thank you to everyone who participated and I hope to see you again soon!
Cute, huh? If you’d like me to send this bag to you, all you need to do write in the comments below what your favorite thing to make is. It doesn’t have to be sewing. But be specific! Even if you haven’t made it before, what would you make if you could? This giveaway is open to everyone, and just so you know, there’ll be a little surprise inside! A little something to get you started, wink wink. A winner will be chosen randomly by a third party. Also, you don’t have to, but I would love it if you’d follow me. I’m just starting out this year and would love the company! The giveaway is open until May 10th and I’ll announce that evening who won! Make sure you leave your e-mail address if you are a no-reply link. Good luck!
Below you’ll see my old one and how I made the new one:
You can’t even tell which end is which, except for the loop to hang it. I keep it in my pantry and don’t look at it too often. Obviously. So, it’s time to make a new one.
Let’s do it!
- Linen, lightweight fusible, and lightweight cotton lining. Cut 18″x18″. Scrap fabric 8″x2″ for hanging tab.
- Fuse together Pellon to cotton lining, Sewed together lining to linen, right sides together leaving 3″ opening.
- Trim each of the four corners at an angle, which allows for crisper points at the corners.
- Turn right side out, use something like a large knitting needle to bring corners to a point, being careful to not poke a hole. Press. Don’t worry about the unsewn area, it will be stitched down in the hemming.
- NOTE: At this point I added my embellishment before stitching together. I added hand-stitched together hexies. I sewed around the edges all the way around and then stitched an outline all around the edge.
- Press each end a 5/8″ hem (depending on your elastic width. Sew opposite sides together, right sides together. Sew pressed sides to accommodate the opening for elastic, leaving a 3″ opening for each.
- I used a leftover elastic, leaving full length to test how much I wanted the opening to be. Pin a safety pin on the end of the elastic and thread through the opening. I started near the side of the hemmed side, it’s easier to start at that side rather than end there, otherwise it’s tough to get it through the inside seam allowance.
- Stitch together the elastic when it’s as tight as you want. Clip remaining length.
- Stitch down each side’s opening.
- For tab, press a 1/4″ on short sides, press long sides together in half, open and take sides to center press mark, press, and finally fold together again and press. Stitch all four sides down. Fold in half and stitch to the back of the bag holder.
Whew! That’s the first time I’ve ever written down how I made something! First tutorial? Well, more like written instructions . . . If anyone wants to make one and has any questions, let me know if you need any clarification, I’m happy to help.
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