Dish Towel Shopping Bag Holder

Dish Towel Shopping Bag Holder

This project is so easy to make and so handy to have in your kitchen to store all those shopping bags for re-use.

What you need

Tea Towel/Dish Towel
Sewing Machine
30 cm’s Cord
30 cm’s Elastic


Start by taking your tea towel and sew a 1 inch hem onto the top and bottom of the tea towel. this will create the pocket for your cord.

Next begin sewing it into a tube By folding the tea towel in half (length-ways) inside out and sewing up the seam making sure not to sew over the Cord Hem or you wont be able to thread your cord through.

Next take your cord and attach it to a safety pin so that you can thread the safety pin through the hem so you don’t lose the end of the cord. Thread it through and gather up the cloth, leaving a small hole to push the bags in through.

For the bottom do the same thing but with some elastic, this will enable you to pull the bags out with ease and to push them in without them going all the way through.

Tie the elastic into a knot and cut off any excess.

Fill the tea towel from the top and pull the bags out through the bottom.

Use seasonal tea-towels or tourist tea towels for some great nostalgic touch to your kitchen.

These are also great for men’s work shops: just pick up a tea towel with a car or fishing symbols on it.


  1. I was looking for a bag with one end elastic and one end open and closeable for a skein of yarn (pull the yarn out through the elastic end) and this was just about perfect! I had to make it a little bigger because it wasn’t quite tall enough as a towel (I didn’t have any extra towels so I grabbed some old fabric and used the towel as a pattern). Thank you for the instructions and idea of using the towel!!

  2. i have been looking for this for a long time i have been trying to make one with out help couldn;t do it now i can thank you so much for putting this on line love it

  3. thanks i needed this

  4. HHHmmmmm interesting idea!

  5. they’re not for vacation memories-not those kinds of bags. some people like to keep regular old grocery shopping bags handy for maybe, say, putting a swimsuit and beachtowel in for going to the beach in case a beach bag is not handy.

  6. You can also use legs from cutoff jeans too.

  7. coffeejunkie says

    thank you so much!!!!!!!!! i have them all stuffed in my kitchen cupboard. i will make it and let you know how it goes

  8. HouseDragon says

    What a great idea to keep vacation memories alive.

  9. mackie13 says

    same thang as the second guest

  10. this would really help someone who likes to shop!

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