Introduction: Grocery Bag Holder From Umbrella Cover

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You can make a grocery bag holder in less than 5 minutes with this super-easy tutorial! No pattern needed - all the hard work has already been done for you. :)\

(This project is part of my Girl Scout Gold Award focused on upcycling and recycling broken umbrellas. See other ideas here:

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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  • 1 umbrella cover (beach or patio size)
  • scissors
  • coordinating ribbon (some bags may have a strap - you can use that too)
  • 1 hair elastic
  • needle and thread
  • pencil (optional)
  • nail polish (optional)

Step 2: Cut the Bag in Half

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We're using the closed end of the bag for this project. So starting from that end, decide how long you want your grocery bag holder to be and then add about 2 extra inches for the elastic cuff. Ours was about 2 feet long.

Step 3: Poke a Hole in the Top of the Bag for the Hanger

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If you don't have a pencil, you can use the blade of your scissors instead. If you have nail polish, apply it around the edges of the hole to keep the fabric from fraying.. Take a piece of ribbon about a foot long and make a double knotted loop as shown in the picture.


Step 4: Push the Loop Through the Hole

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Step 5: Add Elastic

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Turn the bag inside out and place the hair elastic about 2 inches from the end. Roll the edges of the fabric around it and stitch in place.

Step 6: Final Step

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Turn the bag right side out and enjoy!

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