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Plastic Grocery Bag Folding Tutorial

Updated on September 8, 2012
Fifteen (15) plastic grocery sacks, stuffed into the corner of my loveseat....
Fifteen (15) plastic grocery sacks, stuffed into the corner of my loveseat....
Place one of the bags on something flat (I used an empty cardboard box as I was sitting in the livingroom)
Place one of the bags on something flat (I used an empty cardboard box as I was sitting in the livingroom)
Flatten the bag, ensuring all corners are 'squared' (even the corners on the handles)
Flatten the bag, ensuring all corners are 'squared' (even the corners on the handles)
Fold bag in half, lengthwise. Flatten again, making sure to go from the closed end (bottom) to the open end (top) to remove excess air.
Fold bag in half, lengthwise. Flatten again, making sure to go from the closed end (bottom) to the open end (top) to remove excess air.
Fold in half again and repeat the flattening part.
Fold in half again and repeat the flattening part.
Fold up the handles onto the folded body of the bag.
Fold up the handles onto the folded body of the bag.
Make your first 'triangle fold' by bringing one edge (bottom) up to the side of the folded bag.
Make your first 'triangle fold' by bringing one edge (bottom) up to the side of the folded bag.
Fold that triangle up.
Fold that triangle up.
See? It is starting to take shape! :)
See? It is starting to take shape! :)
Fold that triangle over, and then continue making triangles until you get almost to the end (see next pic).
Fold that triangle over, and then continue making triangles until you get almost to the end (see next pic).
Make another triangle fold from the remaining end of the bag, as shown
Make another triangle fold from the remaining end of the bag, as shown
Bring that fold over onto the main part (bigger bunch of folds)
Bring that fold over onto the main part (bigger bunch of folds)
Tuck that fold into the main part, as shown
Tuck that fold into the main part, as shown
Make sure it's tucked in all the way, and press to flatten/smooth
Make sure it's tucked in all the way, and press to flatten/smooth
Voila!! There you have it! Your bag triangle!
Voila!! There you have it! Your bag triangle!
These are the same fifteen (15) bags that were in the original photo. SEE how much space you will save? And how much neater your 'bag area' will be?
These are the same fifteen (15) bags that were in the original photo. SEE how much space you will save? And how much neater your 'bag area' will be?
bag corral
bag corral

Need a little stress relief/sanity saver/space saver? Try this...

Whenever I need a break - or am about to stress right out, I try to do something constructive and not too time-consuming (the fifteen bags in this note were all folded within 3 minutes*). By the time I'm done folding, even though for a short time, I feel much better and get on with my day. I've shown almost all my friends how to do this, and some,lolol... some will save their plastic bags for when they know I'm coming to visit so I can do theirs too! lol!


*Beginners may find the time longer until they get used to the process.

To keep all these bags corraled, lol... may I suggest a bag keeper? This is the one I bought from IKEA (I love IKEA!) but I'm sure you can find similar ones elsewhere. Some of my friends have these cool decorator fabric holders that they store their bags in.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      LOL. Had to laugh when I saw this. My 70+ year old mother in law does this to all her plastic bags. I am not that patient.

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      Patricia-Ann Morrison 4 years ago from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

      It really takes little or no time at all, Christine :) and Kudos to your Mother-in-Law for her decluttering and destressing! :)

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      I had to also laugh a bit when I read this. My husband tries to save them discretely because hate them, and trash them seconds within coming home from the store.

      They are a return culture shock. I left the country and we used large brown paper bags, I came back and the same things I used to get in 2 bags seems to be in 2o of these useless little suckers.

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      Magdaleine 4 years ago

      I have to try this.. :)

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