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How to Make a Marvelously Useful and Creative Bag Caddy
By Linda Johnson

Are you having a battle keeping your plastic grocery bags organized and in one place? Making a dish towel bag caddy is a great way to keep your recyclable plastic bags organized and handy. These simple instructions are easy to follow and you will be able to make one for every room in your home and garage in just minutes.

Your bag caddy can easily be stored in your kitchen by hanging it from a magnetic hook on the side of your refrigerator. Or, if you prefer to keep it out of sight, place it inside of a kitchen cabinet or under the sink. Another great use would be to hang it in your bedroom closets, linen closets or bathroom cabinets. By placing a terry cloth bag caddy in these areas, it will keep your recyclable bags nice and handy for emptying the waste baskets especially if you have a two story home), and will save you time! Also, hanging one in your garage or laundry room will also come in use. If you have a pet, it makes it easy to grab a recyclable plastic bag from your bag caddy to take with when walking your pet.

For this project you will need the following supplies:

*1 Decorative terry cloth dish towel: We chose one with a fringe edge on it.
*1 Roll of thread: White or any coordinating color to match your dish towel.
*Sewing needle
*Satin ribbon: 8 inch length
*Straight pins

Step 1: Fold the terry cloth dish towel in half with the right sides together and the wrong sides facing out.

Step 2: Secure the ends in place with straight pins all along the open side of the dish towel.

Step 3: Using your needle and thread (or sewing machine), sew a 1/4 inch seam down the pinned side and be sure to remove your straight pins and cut off any loose threads.

Step 4: Next, fold your ribbon in half creating an 8 inch length. Stitch your ribbon to the top right side of the dish towel to form a loop.

Step 5: Turn the bag right side out and insert your recyclable plastic bags in to the bag caddie by filling it from either end until it is full.

There you have it. An organized bag caddie for your recyclable plastic bags that is a useful and practical sewing craft project, and is also a wonderful green craft project if you decide to recycle and use an older towel rather than throw it out to the trash or garage.

For more great sewing crafts and green craft ideas, check out some of our other articles for more tips on easy to do projects.

About the Author:
Linda Johnson is a degreed and experienced crafter and interior decorating specialist, with years of experience helping friends, family, and clients solve their decorating and craft needs.

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