Guest Post: Plastic Bag Dispenser

If you’ve spring cleaning your closets like I’ve been doing, you’re sure to find a few rogue t-shirts that really don’t have a place in your wardrobe anymore.  One of the things you can do with said shirt if you don’t feel ready to part with it is make a plastic bag dispenser
Since you’re making it out of a t-shirt, don’t expect to see a lot of structure to it (read: lots of unseemly bulges and angles) unless you implement the paper oatmeal container.  Martha Stewart makes her plastic bag dispenser out of canvas, but why not recycle what we already have?  See below for details.  (Sorry about the dark pictures; I do my crafting at night!)


·         T-shirt
·         Fabric ribbon
·         Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
·         Twine or thin fabric ribbon (to make the drawstring bottom)
·         Scissors
·         X-Acto knife
·         Optional: large (42 oz) cylindrical oatmeal container (empty!)
1.       Cut the sleeves away from the shirt as well as the neck.  Tuck some of the fabric in the back away and sew up so it makes a long tube with a sewing machine (or, if you’re broke like me, with your trusty old needle and thread!).  If your t-shirt has a design on the front (like my roommate’s Pink Floyd shirt), make sure to keep it.  Lastly, don’t cut the bottom off of the t-shirt—you’ll use the bottom hem to create a drawstring effect.
2.        Sew the fabric ribbon to the top of the t-shirt so it can hang off of hooks and doors.
3.        Cut four slits in the bottom hem.  Take the thin fabric ribbon, or twine and wrap a little tape on one end s it slides through the hemming easier.  Pull the ribbon or twine through so it becomes a drawstring.  Cut off the ribbon or twine and tie large knots on both ends so it doesn’t get lost.
4.       Remember that oatmeal container?   Use the X-Acto knife to cut out the bottom so it’s just a paper tube.  Push it through the t-shirt until it sits at the bottom.  Stuff your plastic bags in there for a more organized look.  The t-shirt I worked with is large so really I need two oatmeal containers, but I need to wait a few more mornings for that.
Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, where she’s been looking into gender wage gap statistics to see if it can be explained through women choosing lower paying degrees and men choosing higher paying degrees. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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