Vintage Linen Bag Holder

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. . .
Perfect :)

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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Sola Scriptura said...

That is a lovely bag holder! I like to give old items new purpose. Thank you for this idea! Hugs to you.

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful idea. Re-purposing something loved but unusable. Stunning.

Visits With Mary said...

That's the prettiest bag holder I've ever seen. Always a joy to visit...have a great day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful idea. I have lots of pretty linens and doilies and need to have them out to see. This would be something I could use! Enjoy your day my friend! Hugs!

Anna said...

Nice idea ! Beautiful result ! Love the vintage look of your hanger bag !
Have a nice day !
Thanks for your visit !

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow what a pretty bag holder you made and perfect way to use up old linens! I sure do wish that I could sew like you. You have such a creative imagination with sewing. Take care and enjoy the weekend.

Debby Ray said...

I have so many old linens that I could do something like this with...what a clever idea...so beautiful too! Thanks for the tutorial, Stephanie!

Unknown said...

Hello from Spain: you have a great idea. Very beautiful and elegant. Great job. Keep in touch

Diane said...

Absolutely fabulous idea Stephanie what a beautiful and useful project.

Hugs diane

Julie Marie said...

Hello Stephanie and thanks so much for visiting... I am still going back and forth as to blogging or not... so appreciate you stopping by... love your gorgeous linens!... so pretty... xoxo Julie Marie

Robyn said...

I can't believe how excited I am about this project, Stephanie! I am going to do this because I have many old linens of my Grandmother's as well that are not usable. This is so lovely and I can't stand all those garbage bags under the sink, lol.
I loved that you could feel close to your grandmother while you made this. You've inspired me today to use sew - something I have not done in years! Thank you, sweet friend. xoxo

Ceil said...

Hi Stephanie! Leave it to you to be so creative! I wouldn't think of a plastic bag holder in a million years. But I do have old linens, many of them stained or discolored with age. You are really getting me to think about some repurposing!

You are using those God-given gifts you have so well. Thank you!

Kristin said...

Love this idea! I'm not a doily kind of girl as far as putting one on a table, but I had an antique one that was made by a great-great-grandmother so I framed it and hung it on my wall. The look is more modern, but yet it still shows off a family heirloom!

Debbie Harris said...

As You know,I just love this! I really believe I will make something like it over the winter when I slow down.
Just beautiful!
Love you, mom

Sarah said...

Beautiful idea Stephanie! I have some old linens on hand that would be perfect for this idea. And I have wanted something to store clothes pins in- thank you for sharing! : )


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Now isn't that the prettiest upcycled bag holder ever?! I love how you turn family treasures into useful, beautiful things, my friend. It looks just like you, too, with the delicate flowers,the doilie and the lace...romantic and feminine. I love how you could smell your dear Grandma. I love you for cherishing sweet mementos.

GranthamLynn said...

Very pretty. Great idea for repurposing those treasures.
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for coming by my Outdoor Wednesday
post. Have a great Friday.

Wanda said...

I love that nothing special ever gets wasted with you. You make something beautiful out of everything you do. Isn't that what God does with us...takes our old and outdated, and turns it into something new and exciting.

Jeanna said...

Very clever and useful. Prettiest bag holder I've ever seen. Great tutorial.

Vicky Hunt said...

This is a fantastic idea Stephanie and so pretty! I have some pieces I may be able to use to make one. I love how smells evoke such fond memories. Have a blessed Friday dear friend. Love the music.....

Hugs, Vicky

Celestina Marie said...

My Sweet and Talented Friend, I love your bag holder. How special to use the doilies from your grandmother. You created a wonderful and useful piece. I have many crocheted pieces from my grandmother too and love using them in my projects and decor.

Thank you for sharing your new creation. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a charming way to re-purpose your dear Grandmother's precious linens, Stephanie! You brought tears to my eyes when you mentioned they still held her scent. I have too many plastic bags taking up a whole drawer and this idea is perfect. Thank you for the great tutorial. Hugs xo Karen

vic said...

Wow Stephanie your skills blow me away every single time this is just so pretty and chic I love it :)
Hugs to you
Vic x

Everydaythings said...

gorgeous idea!

JES said...

I love this idea as I have a large vintage stash! :) Thank you for sharing in such a pretty way!

Darla Mae said...

Great idea! You did such a good job. I think your grandmother would be delighted!


Conniecrafter said...

Such a beautiful way to store your bags, my Aunt made me one out of dish towels that I hang on my back door that is off the kitchen. Love your recycling ideas and how wonderful to have memories of your grandma come while you are making something out of her treasures!

Lady Linda said...

Hi Stephanie, you are so clever and I love the way your share and include the how to with your posts. How are you doing with the end of summer and all?
Always a treat to visit.

Lady Linda said...

Hi Stephanie, you are so clever and I love the way your share and include the how to with your posts. How are you doing with the end of summer and all?
Always a treat to visit.

Debbie said...

what a wonderful project, it's just lovely and special. unlike my plastic one ;)

Unknown said...

Great idea! I have a pile of linens that my mom gave me that I need to do something with. Maybe I can come up with something creative like this. :)

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful work Stephanie! This was a perfect way to preserve Grandma Dee's pieces. I love that you made this for your plastic bags. Our plastic bags are shoved into a large plastic bag. LOL. I look forward to inheriting my great aunt's handmade doilies someday. She has past on but my parents have them. :)

Maria said...

So pretty, Stephanie! Very creative to hold plastic bags! Wonderful way to keep a treasured piece from your Grandmother! Have a lovely weekend, hugs!:-)

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, I love what you've done with your used linen. I was actually giving my linen closet a fresh makeover this week, and SO REGRETTED not saving some of my old linen because I could have lined the wired shelves with it. I'll have to buy some, hopefully not too expensive.
I love your new blog design too.
Have a lovely Labor Day, friend.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

So beautiful Stephanie! I love it when you sew!

Poppy said...

Stephanie, what a pretty and practical project! Like you, I have a very messy pile of plastic bags under my kitchen sink. Sometimes, they are organized, which basically means they are all stuffed into one! If I could sew, I'd definitely attempt this lovely bag holder, but alas, I cannot, and will have to enjoy your wonderful creation, instead!

Have a wonderful week!


Linda Walker said...

This is so pretty. I love to repurpose items too and I have thought about using some of my linen treasures but can't bear to cut into them. BUT now I am thinking that maybe I will purchase linens specifically to repurpose. My favorite store has linens that are a little stained or have small tears and they are marked down. This is a really good idea Stephanie! Thanks!

Louisette said...

wonderfull handwork,greeting from Belgium

SarahGeorge said...

Oh, dear Stephanie. I've missed many post of yours!!
Very pretty fabric upcycling! Looks beautiful!

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