Hello, my friends!
Do you have any old linens taking up space in your drawers,
linens that may be stained and not usable on tables?
They might be linens that you want to hang onto,
but just don't know what to do with them.
Well. . . take an old table runner and turn it into a plastic bag holder.
It's practical, usable, AND pretty :)
My Grandma Dee gave me a pile of doilies and linens
and some of them have seen better days,
but I wanted to use them in a special way since they are from her.
The table runner that I used had several stains on it that wouldn't come out
so it was the perfect candidate for this project.
Plus, the lace I used on top was from an old doily that had a big stain on half of it
so I cut off the good half to use.
And since I have plastic bags shoved under my kitchen sink in a not so organized way,
a bag holder is just what I need.
Here is the table runner before. . .
I cut it in the center to create two pieces.
Folded over the top raw edges and sewed them down.
I used a hanger that I made a couple of years ago.
It's made from a wire hanger and a tree branch.
Click here to see how to make your own.
I took part of a rectangular doily, sewed one end to the back piece,
then draped it over the hanger and pinned to the front piece.
Since the runner had pretty lace on the edge I pinned the two pieces wrong sides together
and sewed along the edge.
Leave a gap on the front for your bags to fit into.
I started sewing at the blue embroidery and did not go any farther in so I had a nice opening.
Make sense? I hope so :)
And there it is - a nice vintage bag holder!
This could also be used to hold clothespins.
(yes, those are raindrops speckling the porch *smiles*)
I added the doily before I sewed the two pieces together.
The doily was also my Grandma Dee's and it was the perfect size to cover up a few stains.
I had made this pretty eyelet flower a while ago
and it seemed like a lovely addition to hang from the hanger.
Now lets fill it with some plastic bags. . .
Create something beautiful from something old and used, sweet friends!
And just a side note,
as I made this bag holder the table runner smelled just like my Grandma Dee
and as I sat at the sewing machine the sweet scent of her brought back many memories.
There is nothing like family treasures :)
Have a beautiful day!
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