The problem is that we usually just hang the plastic bags on the kitchen window which ends up being very untidy. I remembered seeing a sort of sausage for storing plastic bags in someone's house a long time ago, so here's my version of how to make one.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Basic sewing stuff
- Safety pin - VERY IMPORTANT.
Sewing machine - not required, but it certainly makes life easier.
Iron - not required but also helpful.
Step 2: Make a Tube
We need to make a thin fabric tube to make a loop to hang up the plastic bag holder. If you want to use a ribbon or a piece of cord instead, skip this step.
Cut a piece of fabric about 3 cm (bit over an inch) wide. Fold in half and sew the sides together with as small a seam as you can manage to make a skinny tube.
Turn it inside out as follows: Attach the safety pin to one side of one end. Turn the pin around and put it into the opening. Push the fabric along the pin, hold the head of the pin inside the fabric, and pull the gathered fabric off the end - this can be a bit difficult. Once the pin reaches the end you can pull it out and continue inverting the tube.
Step 3: Cut and Sew the Bag
Begin to sew the long sides together, but leave about 5 cm (2 in) unsewn at the beginning. As you get near the end, put in a loop made of the tube you made in the previous step. If you're not familiar with sewing, remember that the side facing outside now will actually be the inside so make sure you put the loop in the right way around...
As you reach the end of the sewing, again leave about 5 cm free.
Iron the seam flat to make life easier.
Step 4: Elasticate the Openings
Cut two lengths of elastic. Using the safety pin trick described in a previous step, thread each hem with a piece of elastic and tie the ends of the elastic together. Estimate how tight it should be to keep the plastic bags in, but loose enough to stuff them into the top and pull them out the bottom easily. The top opening of the bag can be a bit looser and the bottom can be a bit tighter.