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(or the Ballard-Inspired Linen Bag Holder)

Although I love looking through catalogs, it’s usually the small and unusual things which catch my eye. So when the Ballard Designs catalog arrived in the mail, the page with the Burlap Bag Holder was immediately dog-eared.

Plastic bags seem to multiply in our house, and at the moment, those bags are multiplying under the sink in my laundry room. So this bag holder thing? A fantastic way to corral those krinkly bunnies.

But the thing is, I didn’t want to spend fifteen dollars on the Burlap Bag Holder. Especially when I was pretty sure I could make it myself.

The solution? Some linen leftover from an earlier project! Here’s what I did:

Note: at the moment this isn’t really a tutorial, more like a guide.




  • (2) 8″ x 17″ pieces of Linen – front and back
  • (2) 3″ x 17″ pieces of Linen – sides
  • (2) 8″ x 8″ pieces of Linen – flap
  • (1) 1.5″ x 7″ piece of Linen – hanging loop
  • (1) 1/2″ x 3″ piece of Linen – button loop
  • vintage 5/8″ ribbon
  • 3/8″ elastic
  • vintage quatrefoil button
  • I also cut the shape I wanted for the flap out of a piece of paper

Sewing the flap

After trimming the flap pieces to the correct shape, I pinned them right sides together and sewed around the edges, leaving free the top and a small hole at the bottom center for the button loop. I turned the pieces right side out and pressed the flap flat (try saying that five times fast!).

Back and Sides seamed together & flap placed for seaming

The next step was to join the back of the bag with the two sides. After seaming these pieces together, I trimmed the seams and pressed them toward the sides.  I also pressed the back/flap seam toward the body of the bag.

Up next? To sew the flap to the back, right side to right side, of course.

The bag was still missing its front, so I added that piece. I again clipped the seams between the front and sides and pressed them toward the side panels.

Pretty Vintage Ribbon

Pretty Vintage Ribbon

Here’s where I hemmed the top and bottom (leaving the bottom open!) of the bag. I used some pretty vintage ribbon from my stash as seam binding. It makes for a nice finish and a lovely surprise when adding bags or peeping inside.

After adding a hem to both the top and bottom of the bag, I also sewed on the ribbon to use as a channel for my elastic.

Then I added the elastic.  I was halfway there!

Pressing the side seams

Pressing the side seams

Turning the bag right side out, I pressing the side seams first. . .

The bag is starting to have some structure!

The bag is starting to have some structure!

I then ran a 1/4 inch seam (french seam) down the sides where they met the front and the back. This gave a bit of structure to the bag.

Final Steps

Final Steps with a high tech tool, the stick

Final steps:

  1. Sewing the two loops, turning them right side out and pressing them
  2. Pinning the smaller loop inside the hole left at the center bottom of the flap
  3. Sewing a 1/4 inch seam around the edges of the flap
  4. Sewing a stick, trimmed to the width of the flap. into the top of the flap at the back (see photo below). This helps to stabilize the bag when it’s hanging.
  5. Sewing the longer loop to the center back of the top of the bag for hanging
Nearly finished!

Nearly finished!

And finally, time to add the button!

The Ballard-inspired Linen Bag Holder

Ta-da! The Ballard-inspired Linen Bag Holder

I’m so happy with the way this project turned out! The linen has less structure than burlap, but still plenty for this bag holder.

Pretty ribbon!

Pretty ribbon!

I love that the vintage ribbon gives it a bit of charm, as does the vintage quatrefoil button!

Love it!

Definitely a success in my book and a great way to hide all of those rapidly multiplying plastic bags!

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Well, I think I’ve accepted that my daughter is heading to college next year. The way I can tell? I bought her an ironing board. It’s one of those ones that stands up on little feet, so you can place it on the bed (a single gal’s most usual ironing spot). Still the cover’s not new, and let’s face it. Those stock covers are certainly not the cutest things we own.

Well, once I’d bought this ironing board at my local thrift store ($2.50), I quickly realized that if I was recovering her ironing board, I really should recover mine! Case in point:

Board Cover Old

Yes, I know that’s pretty bad. Don’t judge me! That’s just a bit of a kerfuffle with some fusible interfacing.

Really though, my ironing board has gotten a bit flat. The stuffing is bad in places. I have to be careful where I iron, or I end up with marks from the metal it’s made of.

So several weeks ago while I was at my local fabric store, I picked up some Insul-brite. It’s perfect for things like ironing boards and kitchen mitts, because it reflects heat and cold back to the source.

However, in a stunning display of cleverness, I didn’t pick up any fabric to cover these two desperate boards. Well, in all fairness, I did think I had some 100% cotton fabric at home. But it seems I don’t, so that’s why this is only Pt. 1 of the project.

Next up, finding some gorgeous cotton to make it more fun to iron. I’ll keep you posted.


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