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Grocery Bag Dispenser DIY : Perfect for Vendor Booths

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Recently, I found myself in need of a way to store grocery bags at my booth so I could quickly access them when guests make purchases. I had to channel MacGyver on that one because I did not have a sewing machine, fabric or anything else that you might need to make something like that, so I created this Grocery Bag Dispenser DIY! Make sure to check out our other DIY Tutorials while you’re here!

Supplies needed for this project :

  • Kitchen towel or rectangular fabric
  • Thin jute twine
  • Hot glue
  • Awl or tiny hole punch
  • Pants Hanger

1. Choose a Piece of Rectangular Fabric

I was at my booth when I did this, so the only fabric I had with me was Easter towels that I was going to offer for sale that weekend. There was one with a snag in it, so I pulled that one out and used it for this project. You can use any rectangular fabric however.

2. Glue the Long Sides of the Towel Together

Fold the towel long ways with the right sides together and glue down that long side seam to create a large cylindrical tube out of your towel. If you have access to a sewing machine, you can sew your fabric of course. I was using what I had on hand, so this is definitely unconventional.

an Easter kitchen towel being glued together on the long edges

3. Poke Holes Along One Opening

Using what I had on hand, which was an awl if you can believe that, I started to poke holes about an inch apart around one of the open ends of the towel. This was for the jute that I was going to use to gather that end together. If you have a hole punch, you can use that instead. If you have a darning needle and crochet thread, that would be ideal however. Just goes to show you that you can use alternatives.

someone using an awl to poke holes in an Easter kitchen towel

4. Add the Jute to the Holes around the Opening

I did not have a darning needle to help that jute through those openings, so I used a piece of tape to wrap around the end of the jute to help with that. A running stitch all the way around is what I did.

5. Cinch that End Closed

Pulling both ends of the jute, gather that end until it’s almost closed. You don’t want it tight, because you want to be able to pull bags from the bottom freely. But you don’t want it too loose, so only one bag comes out at a time.

someone showing the gathered end of a towel tube used for grocery bags

Once you get bags inside, you can work with the looseness of that cinched end, to see how loose/tight you need it.

someone showing the bottom end of a diy grocery bag dispenser

6. Hang it with a Pant’s Hanger

Then just add your bags, one at a time, so they are layered inside, and hang the towel from a pant’s hanger like shown. It’s not pretty, but it works. Necessity is the mother of invention and sometimes you gotta use what you got! Ha!

a grocery bag dispenser diy that has been made out of a kitchen towel hanging in a flea market booth

It sure is a lot cuter than just a mess of crumbled up grocery bags inside of another grocery bag. Makes you look like you’re a little organized anyway. Lol I hope that you enjoyed this unconventional grocery bag dispenser diy and that it inspires you to think outside the box! Join our email family to so we can keep in touch!

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Kathy

    What a great idea! I think that is cute! Mine are under the sink in a huge bag from HL! And yes every time we get 1 they all fall out. ??

  2. Amy Goetsch

    Love this!! I’m definitely making a couple of these.

    1. JRandLBriska

      Thanks Ms Amy! They work really well, too! I love ours!

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