Bleach Bottle Bag




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Introduction: Bleach Bottle Bag

About: I have been sewing and crafting for several years, my children are grown so now I have lots of time to be creative. I enjoy photography, cooking, cake decorating, painting and sharing my projects with others.

When I was a kid one of my Mothers friends made these cute drawstring bags out of old bleach bottles. They were quite handy for holding all of my crayons and colored pencils.

I wanted to make one for my Grandchildren.

Let's get started!

Step 1: Supplies

For this project you will need the following:

Empty bleach bottle, the one I used was 6" in diameter, washed and rinsed out


Hole punch


Embroidery floss

2 yards of 1/2" wide Ribbon or bias tape

Safety pin

Needle and thread

straight pins

Step 2: Cut Bleach Bottle

Measure and mark bleach bottle 4-1/2" tall.

Cut bleach bottle on the marked line.

Punch holes around top edge, evenly spaced. I punched one hole about 1/2" from the top edge, then punched the 2nd hole on the opposite side of the bottle. I then punched the 3rd and 4th holes in between the 1st and 2nd holes.

Now you can punch more holes in between these holes. Continue punching holes until you have a total of 32 evenly spaced holes that are 1/2" from the top edge.

Step 3: Crochet Around Top Edge

Using a size H crochet hook, I looped the embroidery floss around the top edge. Tie the ends together.

Step 4: Fabric

Measure the circumference of your bleach bottle. Mine was approximately 19". Add 1 more inch for the seam allowance for a total of 20".

The height of the fabric portion is 6". You will need to add 1" for the bottom hem and 3" for the top hem and casing for the drawstring for a total of 10".

The piece of fabric for my bleach bottle was 20" x 10".

Sew the short ends together with 1/2" seam allowance.

Hem the bottom edge. Turn under 1/2" then turn under 1/2" again. Pin. Hand or machine stitch.

Stitch 2 button holes 4" from the top edge, 1/2" apart. Stitch another pair of button holes on the opposite side.

Turn down the top edge 3" to the inside. Pin.

Sew by hand or machine, around the top edge 1" from the top fold, just above the button holes.

Sew around again just below the button holes, turning under the raw edge 1/2", creating a casing for ribbon.

Step 5: Attach Fabric to Plastic

Place the fabric piece over the plastic bucket, right sides together.

Using a large needle and 3 strands of embroidery floss, doubled, sew the fabric to the plastic bucket.

Step 6: Drawstring

Place a safety pin to one end of a piece of ribbon or bias tape that is 32" long.

Thread the ribbon through one of the button holes all the way around and out of the button hole that is next to the one it went into. Bring the ends of ribbon together and tie in a knot.

Repeat with the other ribbon on the opposite side of the bag.

Step 7: Finished Bag

You can choose to cut the plastic bleach bottle shorter and make the fabric portion a bit longer if you want.

If you are using a bleach bottle that is either smaller or larger than mine, adjust the measurements.

It would be a cute idea to place brightly colored stickers to the outside of the plastic part.

This would make a great bag for make-up or other essentials.



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    That is a good idea for reusing everyday materials. I have always thought that Up-cycling is always better than recycling.

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    It really is, I mean, why spend money when we have all these reusable items at our disposal?

    Wow! such a great Idea. I am going to try this out as soon as I get an empty bottle!

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    Thanks, yeah it's kinda neat!

    Stop it!!! tooo brilliant. Great Job!

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