Plastic Bag Dispenser DIY – No Sew!

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Learn how to make a plastic bag dispenser! If you need to store plastic bags in a homemade dispenser, this DIY plastic bag holder is super simple to make and you don’t even need to sew at all! Learn how to make this plastic bag dispenser DIY project with ease, follow the tutorial below!

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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!

How to Make a DIY Plastic Bag Dispenser

Plastic Bag Holder DIY

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.

DIY Plastic Bag Organizer

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.

No Sew Plastic Grocery Bag Dispenser

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.

No Sew Plastic Bag Container

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.

DIY No Sew Plastic Bag Organizing Dispenser

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).

Elastic for Plastic Bag Dispenser

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!!

Turbo the Munchkin Cat, Plastic Bag Dispenser

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 1/2 way around the bag on either side, with the seam in the back.

DIY no Sew Plastic Bag Hanging Dispenser

Once all the glue is dry, you’re ready to hang your DIY no sew plastic bag dispenser and stuff it with plastic bags! If you want to buy one instead of making one..check these out!

DIY No Sew Plastic Bag Dispenser

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?

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18 thoughts on “Plastic Bag Dispenser DIY – No Sew!”

  1. So easy! I made 3 in about 20 minutes! Took care of the bag clutter in my laundry room. Just used an old tablecloth for the holder and straps. Didnt have elastic so I used old pantie hoses instead and it worked great! Love it. Thanks!

  2. This probably sounds like a crazy question, but how long is the elastic you use. I know it is a personal preference, but how long was the piece you used. Did you find it to be the right size opening to keep bags in and have easy access?

    Thanks, Kathy i Alabama

    1. Hi Kathy! Haha, not at all. There are no silly questions. I actually fed the elastic through and ruffled the base of the bag a little bit until the hole was just smaller than my fist – maybe 6 inches of elastic or so and it seems to work very well.

      I think by the time you fill it with crinkly plastic bags it’s not going to matter a whole lot, they won’t come dropping out on their own unless they’re very tightly wadded.

      Hope that helps!

  3. It’s a great idea…I’ve made several over the past 39 year, and used some as part of a kitchen shower gift. I do sew, but for my sister who doesn’t, this would be a good way to do it. I was wondering if you ever thought of using a bicycle pant leg clip (put it around your pant leg that is next to the chain, and it will keep your pant leg safe & clean from the chain’s grease), in place of the elastic?

  4. Thank you for this guide! I couldn’t be bothered to cut the fabric to size so I just used an old tea-towel (this had the added bonus of a hem already sewn at the top). Also, I didn’t have any elastic to hand so I used an old knee-high stocking. I put the thing together in a few minutes and now it’s doing a good job storing my bags. I’ll probably make a few more over the coming weeks. Thanks!

    1. Yay! That’s exciting! Great ideas to repurpose things around the house to make a plastic bag dispenser! Reusing a tea towel and then using stockings for the elastic — ingenious! I have also since made another one, they’re so handy to have! Thank you for the Comment, E!

  5. Thank you so much!!! I just made one. Your instructions were perfect since I don’t know how to use a sewing machine. I still might learn yet at my old age.

    1. Awesome, I’m so glad you found my tutorial helpful! These no sew plastic bag dispensers come out great, don’t they! So easy and so functional – we love ours! Thanks for your comment, Debbie! 🙂

  6. At the rescue we go for the plastic bags for scooping. We use a lidded litter container next to the litter box. Just fill and discarded when full. No smell. I dump mine once a week on trash day into a paper bag so to save the litter container.

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