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Topic: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)  (Read 771934 times)
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« Reply #100 on: June 26, 2007 04:48:56 AM »

Stores that sell their own reusable bags are usually more ready for it.  And I've noticed a lot more of the mainstream grocery stores have started doing that (definitely more here in the DC area than back in Ohio, but it has to start somewhere, and I'm glad it has). 

My MIL said that she had a cashier argue with her when she handed them her cloth bag. They said that they're plastic bags are recycled so there's no reason to use cloth ones.  Angry Don't get me started on that.

Not to get too off topic, but...

Just to let people know, Wegmans (here in the Northeast) has started selling there own reusables for about $1. They're sturdy and have the store name on them, not as cute as this bag though. But all the cashiers seem to know what to do with them.

I'll definately need to make one these for the Walmart/Target trips.
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« Reply #101 on: June 26, 2007 06:09:22 AM »

Stores that sell their own reusable bags are usually more ready for it.  And I've noticed a lot more of the mainstream grocery stores have started doing that (definitely more here in the DC area than back in Ohio, but it has to start somewhere, and I'm glad it has). 

See, this is why Scandinavia is so great - we've had reusable bags for ages and noone looks at you twice for not using plastics. Of course, we also have self-scanning so the cashier never even has to touch the stuff I've bought unless there's a check (happens now and then) - so I pack my own bags every time. Smiley

And I just love this tute! Soooo good, I'll probably be able to follow it without a hitch and can instead take the time to make lots of them!  Grin
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« Reply #102 on: June 26, 2007 06:20:37 AM »

It's very frustrating that stores are discouraging shoppers from bringing their own bags - I mean, doesn't it save THEM money not to use as many bags?! More chains should take Whole Foods' approach - they give you a $.05 credit for bringing your own bags. If only they weren't so damn expensive!

Back on topic - I hope to get to making some of these over the weekend. Thanks again for this tutorial!
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« Reply #103 on: June 26, 2007 06:35:07 AM »

See, this is why Scandinavia is so great - we've had reusable bags for ages and noone looks at you twice for not using plastics. Of course, we also have self-scanning so the cashier never even has to touch the stuff I've bought unless there's a check (happens now and then) - so I pack my own bags every time. Smiley


All the self-scanners I've seen around here operate on weight and freak out when you try to use your own bags (because they weigh the groceries pre-scan and post-scan, and homemade bags add unaccounted-for weight to the post-scan platform).  The trick is to put your bags on the pre-scan platform WITH THE GROCERIES, then lift all the bags with the first item scanned and transfer them to the post-scan weighing/bagging platform.  Either that, or don't bag anything until after your entire order has been paid for--but that tends to irritate all the other people in the self-checkout line.
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« Reply #104 on: June 26, 2007 12:52:11 PM »

This was such a great idea, and tutorial I was inspired to try it. Also have so much vinyl I wanted to try to make them with some of that so I can use it up. Well, I am happy to report it works great! I've made two so far, and plan on making enough for my weekly shopping trips (about 10). Oh, and the bonus of using vinyl? Not necessary to line because it has that built in!  Grin

Here is one I made from the yellow vinyl:


Free standing so it will be easy to fill:


Various vinyls I have to make my bags:


Thanks again to queenofdiy for the tutorial, and inspiration!  Smiley
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« Reply #105 on: June 26, 2007 05:08:53 PM »


This is proof that you can fit a 20 lb bag of dog food + treats in this bag.

I didn't line it as I found it a little bulky but the cotton rip-stop works great.  I french seamed the whole thing for added strength. 

Thank you so much for the tute.   
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« Reply #106 on: June 26, 2007 07:28:53 PM »

oooh!  i wouldnt have thought about ripstop...thats a great idea...did you use store bought bias tape?

everyones bags look so great...thanks so much for the tutorial Smiley
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« Reply #107 on: June 26, 2007 09:43:24 PM »

Yeah I just used what I had in my stash.  I'm pretty sure that it was the discounted/ discounted stuff that was just too good a deal to pass up.
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« Reply #108 on: June 27, 2007 12:06:29 PM »

Thank you for the great tute!  I have just found this site on Sunday afternoon and immediately fell in love with your bag!
  I had a bit of confusion with the handles for a few minutes, and worked it out in my head while showering, and then again the gussets were giving me fits and starts.  Some of the confusion is just my left-handed-ness, I truely believe my brain thinks differently than a righty! Normally, I would have just given up on the project, but I desperately wanted to finish the bag to use as my carry on bag for a cross country flight tomorrow morning.  I perservered and my bag was finished in less then half a day (also included was showering, bathing two toddlers and having lunch out with hubbie!)
 I did not make the self folding pocket because I don't plan on folding it up. However, I did add a large outside pocket for my cell phone and keys, and a large inside pocket for my wallet and whatnot.  I made certain to put each pocket on the opposite side so that when I use both pockets it doesn't become overly bulky on one side.
The other great thing about this bag (when using it as a largish purse) is that you can slide one handle inside the other and kinda sling it so it isn't as awkward to carry...does that make sense?
I tried to post 2 pics, but don't know how that works.  Is there a tute for posting pics?

Thanks so much queenofdiy!!!!!
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« Reply #109 on: June 27, 2007 12:11:55 PM »

Found the tute on posting pics, so I'm going to try it here.
Evidently I haven't reached 10 posts yet so I'm not allowed.  Will be back after I have acheived my prequisite. Tongue
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