DIY No-Sew Plastic Bag Dispenser
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Make your own DIY no sew plastic bag dispenser. This tutorial will walk you step by step through the process of making your own plastic bag organizing dispenser. If you’re like us, you use plastic grocery bags for many different things, including scooping the litter box. Currently, our plastic bags are all shoved into a cabinet. We’ve literally lost an entire cabinet to plastic bags and it’s time to make a DIY plastic bag dispenser!
Plastic Bag Dispenser
Turbo, our cat, is taking center stage on the blog this week! We’re not talking the most glorious topic, and believe me I know. We adopted Turbo about 3 years ago, and I was unsure about getting a cat at all, but Katie wanted another Munchkin cat, and how can I say no to her? Since we use plastic grocery bags for cleaning the litter box, I’ve decided that they should no longer be stuffed into a kitchen cabinet. I’m going to make a DIY plastic grocery bag dispenser!
The Tail of Two Litters
Technically, cleaning the litter box is not my job. Why do I say that? When we first talked about getting another cat (our previous cat had went to kitty heaven a few years earlier), Katie said she would take 100% of the littler box responsibility, that was our #1 rule! How long do you think that lasted?
Okay, Katie still does a stellar job with the cat’s litter box (and she didn’t make me type that, I swear!) Short of suiting up with a dust mask, safety goggles, rubber gloves, and breaking out the wet-dry vac, you won’t catch me cleaning the litter box. The dust is what always made it extra horrible for me. The dust would kick up and make me gag, even if I was at the other end of the house. But, not any more!
It wouldn’t have been so bad if it only happened when we scooped the box, but our old litter used to kick up dust whenever Turbo used the box. You see, he does this thing when he leaves the box, he darts out of the box, through the door from the laundry room, into the living room, around the living room, out the other door and down the hallway to the bedroom. It’s his poop-scoot and boogie, he’s a maniac! I swear a trail of dust followed him like a car racing across the desert!
Luckily, we’ve found Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light Ultimate Care® Scented Multi-Cat Scoop Litter at Walmart. Fresh & Light Ultimate Care is low dust, unlike Turbo’s previous litter. I can finally put the dust mask away and not have to worry about a plume of dust that gets me every time! Ultimate Care also comes in a Hypoallergenic Unscented Multi-Cat Scoop Litter. Find a link below for a coupon and head to Walmart for Fresh & Light Ultimate Care.
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Since Katie is the primary care taker of the litter box, she opts to use plastic grocery bags rather than the wet-dry vac, which is my weapon of choice. One thing that has been an irk is not having proper storage for our plastic bags. We’ve always just shoved them in a kitchen cabinet and called it good. Of course, you don’t have a cabinet stuffed with plastic bags…..right?
DIY No Sew Plastic Bag Dispenser
We’ll need only a few things to make a no sew plastic bag dispenser, a fat quarter of fabric (18″x22″ fabric), a knit elastic, ribbon, and fabric glue. I opted for a no sew, but you can just as easily sew this together. Just sew where we glue.
Lay your fabric on the table, wrong side up. Fold and crease both the bottom and top edges at about 2 inches each.
Cut a small square from the bottom corner of your fold. This will overlap to cover the elastic band later on.
Make sure you have enough room on the bottom edge for your elastic to be fed through comfortably. Secure the folds with glue. For the bottom edge, only glue the very edge and leave plenty of room to slip your elastic through. You can glue the entire top folded edge.
Allow these two folds to dry according to the directions on the glue package. Mine was 30 minutes. (I didn’t wait that long. I only waited long enough for the glue to set and gently moved along.)
Turn the bag dispenser over, right side up. Fold one edge over and apply a bead of glue to one side edge, fold the the other side over and stick it to the glue. Press with your fingers and allow the glue to dry. Feel free to face glue it if you’d like, either way works well.
Note: Leave an inch or so unglued on the bottom in order to feed your elastic through. We can secure this once our elastic band is in.
Once this seam is dry, flip the plastic bag dispenser right side out and shimmy the elastic through the bottom fold. Ruffle the fabric and figure out where you’d like to cut your elastic. A 5 to 6 inch band of elastic should be enough. Add an extra inch or so for gluing the elastic secure.
TIP: You want the hole to be large enough to comfortably remove bags, but not so large that the plastic bags will fall out.
I know that our plastic bag dispenser will get a lot of use, and I have never used this particular fabric glue before, so I decided to add a staple along with the glue to make sure the elastic doesn’t go anywhere for a very long time. Once you’ve secured the elastic, glue the rest of the seam down (remember we left an inch or two not glued for the elastic band).
Cut the ribbon you’ve chosen for the hanger between 12 and 14 inches long, attach to the inside of the bag using fabric glue.
Oh! Wait a minute! Turbo has decided to come help… Aah! Watch your toes Turbo!!
Okay, now that Turbo has gone to take a nap, we can continue and attach the ribbon hanger to the inside of the bag. Just glue it in there with your fabric glue. Line it up so you have one end of your ribbon attached to one side, and directly opposite, you’ll attach the other side.
Pro Tip: Be sure to situate the ribbon so the bag’s seam will be on the back when hanging. This means glue the ribbon at about 1/4th of the way around the bag on either side, measuring from the seam.
Once all the glue is dry, you’re ready to hang your DIY no sew plastic bag dispenser and stuff it with plastic bags!
This wont make cleaning the litter box any more glamorous, but it will take care of the plastic bag mess which lurks under all of our cabinets!
How do you keep your litter scoop bags organized?