As of June 1st, the city of Toronto now requires a 5 cent charge for all
plastic bags. Now in addition to helping save the planet we are also saving money by carrying our reusable shopping bags!!!
They are quite ample & tuck into themselves for easy transportation in your pocket or purse!
*This pattern is for personal use ONLY.
Draft pattern onto paper using the diagram above.
Cut pieces from fabric placing the body of the bag on fold. Also cut 2 strips of fabric 2"x45" for binding.
With right sides facing, sew the body of the bag & the top of the handles. Fold the pocket top to bottom & sew along sides. Overlock all seams for durability.
Turn the bag & pocket right side out. Iron the pocket flat. Center the open end of the pocket against the bottom of the bag. Stitch along the sides of the pocket as close to the edge as possible being careful to only attach to 1 side of the bag.
To make binding, take fabric strips & fold & iron outside edges to center. Fold in half & iron to complete binding.
Bind the opening & handles of bag.
Fold handles in half matching the bound edges. Continue the fold downward to the bottom of the bag creating a 'pleat'. The bag should now be rectangular.
Bind the bottom of the bag catching the 'pleats' & pocket. This completes the bag.
To tuck the bag into itself:
1. Fold the bag into thirds away from the pocket
2. Turn the pocket inside-out bringing it from the back to the front.
3. Fold the bag in half top to bottom then fold handles back up.
4. Tuck top half into pocket.