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Topic: The Brown Paper Shopping Bag: Reinvented (Pics Galore)  (Read 13164 times)
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« on: October 02, 2007 05:58:45 AM »

This was my entry into Challenge #20. After several requests I agreed to make a tutorial, but unfortunately this is the first chance I have had to get it together, and post it.

For referance here is the original post:The Brown Paper Shopping Bag: Reinvented (Pics Galore)

Brown Paper Shopping Bag

This bag has all sorts of things you can add or take away. Make it your own, and please enjoy! I love mine, and use it all the time. Matter of fact I've got several now because it is so easy to make. Also now please bear with me, since I've never done a sewing tutorial before.

Fabric (about 2 yards)
vinyl shower organizer from Dollar Store
brown paper bag for pattern

2 wire coat hangers cut into 12 inch long pieces (4 pieces total)
Note pad for shopping list
Coupon organizer
Shrink Film
Vinyl scraps for handles

Cut along one side and around bottom of brown paper bag, so it will lay flat for your pattern. Layout fabric folded in half, place paper bag on top and pin for pattern. Placing this way means you will not have to sew the top portion of the bag.

Cut out fabric and sew with right sides facing on one side, and bottom. Leave one side unsewn to turn right side out. The way when turned right side out, the inside of the bag (for mine anyway) matches the outside.

Cut one of the pocket sets out of the vinyl shower caddy, and sew onto a contrasting piece of fabric. This makes it so the paper and coupons can be seen easier. For mine I used black.

Cut out two strips of shrink film, and use Sharpies to write "Coupons" and "Shopping List". Follow directions to shrink to proper size. Fold over very edge of vinyl pocket to hold shrunken film in place, and slide in. Sew folded over piece to hold secure over proper pocket.

Sew vinyl to extra fabric piece, and then to what you want to be the front of your bag. I used a zigzag stitch to attach mine, but again use what stitch type you prefer.

Now pin the bag together so it will look like the shape of the brown paper bag, but inside out. Now you're ready to sew. Go all the way around the bag in any stitch you would like. Turn right side out, and it should look like a brown paper bag shape.

Now you should decide how long or short and the width of your two straps. I made mine long enough to use over my shoulder, and wide enough so they will not be flimsy or cut into my hands when the bag is loaded. Also mine is reinforced with some vinyl scraps I had to keep them flat. Sew straps inside out, then turn right side out.

This is optional, and can be a pain, so do at your own risk...On the four sides of the bag go in about 1/2 inch and sew a seam from the bottom to the top. This will create the pocket to insert the pieces of metal coat hanger for keeping the bag upright when packing.

Place and pin handles for sewing onto the bag. They are stitched from the inside, but can be done on the outside. For mine a straight stitch was used in a crisscross pattern to make it secure. This was done through all layers of fabric.

Now insert hanger pieces into four corners of bag, but do not sew closed. This way they can be removed for washing bag.

Cut out a sturdy piece of cardboard to place in the bottom. For me I had a USPS small mailer that fit perfect once folded. This too is temporary for washing purposes.

Now you have a finished bag...I think. Hope that is clear as mud. Smiley

« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2007 06:04:49 AM »

Wow! Thats awesome!  Thanks for posting the tutorial, I'm gonna have to add making these to my list of things to make Smiley
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007 06:13:12 AM »

This is really great! I agree, I'll have to add it to my list!

« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2007 08:03:18 AM »

Thank you, thank you, thank you Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007 10:20:42 AM »

Hope you all will post your results when you make your bags! Smiley

« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007 02:26:36 PM »

that is awesome!

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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2007 10:12:00 AM »

you are one crafty girl! that bag is AWESOME!!!

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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2007 11:54:44 AM »

really cute and usefull design, asspcially the transparent "shopinglist" pocket.
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2010 12:30:18 AM »

3 years after the fact and I've only just found this. It's awesome!  I've used bags as patterns but the shower organizer is such a clever idea! Thanks!

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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2010 06:13:48 AM »

Still using this bag every week, and it has held up under many grocery purchases.

Thanks for checking it out. Smiley

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