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We have made quite a bit of tarn lately which means we have a lot of scraps - including sleeves. I thought these sleeves might make a good bag holder. While we are all trying to reduce, sometimes you end up with those plastic shopping bags anyway, so here is something to hold them in!   

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Take two to four sleeves from t-shirts. I used three, 2 blue and 1 red.

(this is actually my 2nd sleeve bag holder. When I showed someone the first one I had made, they asked for one in red and blue. So this is for her).   

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Trim any excess material, you want to trim as close to the arm seam (but don't cut the seam) as you can. Do this on all the sleeves.

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Next turn the sleeve that will be in the middle of the bag holder inside out, tuck the bottom sleeve inside and sew the two sleeves together.

(if your sleeves end up being different sizes, make the larger one smaller by sewing in on the underarm seam).    Turn inside right.

(If using 4 sleeves, do this step twice, then sew the two sets together)

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Turn the last sleeve inside out and tuck the middle sleeve inside. Sew together like you did with sleeves 1 and 2.

If you do not want the cuff to show, sew below the cuff line.

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Now take a scrap of cloth, hem, ribbon, rope, etc. to make a handle. I used a piece of hem from some shirt or the other. I did a small, tight zig zag along the cut edge (because it looks pretty) and attached it to the arm seam of one of the end sleeves.

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Fold over the cuff of the sleeve on the other end and sew down, leaving an opening. Add a piece of elastic, about an inch or so bigger than the sleeve opening (when folded in half) and use a safety pin to run the elastic into the cuff.

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Run some stitches back and forth on the elastic and sew closed the opening and you are done! Awesome!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please share with us your completed projects, ideas, suggestions, etc. We love hearing from you!

Thanks for reading, Millie

 


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