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Title: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 18, 2007 02:20:47 PM
I got the inspiration for this bag from here:

http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/shopping-bag.shtml (http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/shopping-bag.shtml)

....and on the purses, bags, wallets:  discussions and questions board, pfirsch wanted to know how to make a more "finished" bag.  I have also added another feature which allows the bag to be folded up into its own pouch (you will see this further down in the tutorial).

The bag is made from one pattern piece.  It's just like the plastic shopping bags and in fact the pattern is made from the shopping bag.  The following picture shows the bag full (with three 2 litre drinks inside - and, BTW, carried them perfectly without the fear of the bag falling apart like the plastic ones).


You start by making your pattern using.....ta da.... you guessed it, a plastic bag.  Cut off the fused ends at the bottom and both top handles:


Open out the gusset and cut in half on both sides:


Discard one piece and fold the remaining piece in half:


Place this on the fold of your fabric and pin.  You will need to cut 2 of the main fabric and 2 of the lining fabric:


Place one main fabric piece and one lining fabric piece right sides together and sew the middle "U" shape.  Then sew the other curved seams BUT ENDING APPROXIMATELY 1 1/2 INCHES BELOW THE TOP OF THE HANDLES.  This allows you to sew the top of the handles later.  Clip the corners and turn right side out and press.  Don't topstitch at this stage:


This is what you should now have:


Place the two pieces together, right sides together:


Now we are going to work on the top of the handles.  Push the lining back and pin the main fabric together:


Keeping the lining away, start sewing across the main fabric:


Keep sewing and continue on into the lining:


Continue to sew along the lining:


And get to the end:


Push all that fabric into the handles and this is what you will get - an opening in the side of the handles:


This is what you bag should look like now.  If you don't want to topstitch, handsew the openings closed on each of the handles.  If you do want to topstitch, just ignore the openings for the time being.


Now we are going to go onto making the pocket to allow the bag to fold up into itself.  This is optional.  If you don't want to do this, just skip the next few steps.  The pocket piece size will obviously depend on the size of your plastic bag though.  To get this size, I folded it up as I would fold it then measured that size and added some more.  It gets quite bulky as when it is folded up into the pocket, the whole thing is turned inside out.  My pocket piece is 6.5" x 17".  To make the pocket, fold in half (right sides together) and sew the two side seams.  Turn right sides out and press.


Find the centre of the bag and the centre of the pocket's raw edge:


Line up the two centres, then pin and sew down the two sides to the main fabric only - NOT the lining:


Now put the two main pieces together and the two lining pieces together (right sides together) and sew the side seams:


Turn right side out and place the lining in the main bag.  Press side seams and topstitch around the handles and the bag's opening (if you didn't handstitch openings closed before).  The topstitching will close the openings.  The next picture doesn't show the topstitching but the picture after does.  However, now is the time to do it:


Now to make the gusset.  Fold the handles in half and place the side seam parallel with the handle fold, like this:


The following picture is a cross-section of the bottom of the bag:


Repeat for the other side.

Sew across the top of the handles to keep in place.  I sewed in the seam so the stitching is almost invisible:


Now we are going to sew a french seam across the bottom of the bag.  With right sides out, sew across the bottom of the bag (making sure to catch the gusset in the bottom seam):


Trim the seam allowance then turn inside out.  Sew across the bottom encasing the seam allowance:


Turn your bag, right side out and it is now finished:


To fold the bag into itself, start by placing the side with the pocket downwards.  Fold one side edge in (use the pocket as a guide to make this fold):


Repeat for the other side:


Turn handles down:


Fold in half:


Put your hand in the pocket, with this hand also grab the fabric (including the bag on the outside) and turn inside out.


Well done.  You have finished your shopping bag.  You can keep this handy little bag in your purse when you need it.

As always, any questions? Please feel free to ask.  ;)



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: owl be there on June 18, 2007 02:26:02 PM
thats so cute! I thought it was just a purse until you said it was a shopping bag - could be used for both! and thanks for the tutorial!   


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: MnkyMama on June 18, 2007 02:26:15 PM
really neat!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: tasi292 on June 18, 2007 02:28:52 PM
Totally loving you right now ;D  Going to get out the scraps and make a bunch of these.  Thanks!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gallstones on June 18, 2007 02:37:07 PM
I reeeeaaaallly want to stop accumulating plastic shopping bags and then having to take them back for recycling. I have been coveting fabric bags for a long time but I don't want to pay retail for them. The fact that each bag can be packed into it's own pocket is so sweet. This is an excellent tutorial for an excellent pattern. Thank you for taking the time to put it up and for sharing. I will use this. Gotta bookmark.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: PlumCrafty on June 18, 2007 02:39:17 PM
I love this, was just thinking I need a new bag to take my lunches in and now I can make my own supertrendy one thanks to your tuturial! :D

I also adore the outer fabric you used, do you remember who made it or where you got it from?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 18, 2007 02:47:00 PM
Thanks for all your nice comments  :D

I love this, was just thinking I need a new bag to take my lunches in and now I can make my own supertrendy one thanks to your tuturial! :D

I also adore the outer fabric you used, do you remember who made it or where you got it from?

PlumCrafty:

I live in Sydney, Australia and I bought the fabric from the furnishing section in Spotlight.  Spotlight is a major fabric retailer.  I must have got the first piece on the roll as it has a sticker on it and the design name is "Bondi" and the colour is "Mushroom".  Even though it was in the furnishing department, the fabric is just a medium weight cotton.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: PlumCrafty on June 18, 2007 02:50:31 PM
Fantastic, I'm getting my aunt to send some over to me! I'm sure there is a Spotlight near Wahroonga .... somewhere! ;D

How much did you use on the outside? Should I get one or two m's worth?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 18, 2007 02:57:28 PM
Fantastic, I'm getting my aunt to send some over to me! I'm sure there is a Spotlight near Wahroonga .... somewhere! ;D

How much did you use on the outside? Should I get one or two m's worth?

There's one at Dee Why (which is the closest to Wahroonga).  http://www.spotlight.com.au/?p=8157&cid=17&pid=89 (http://www.spotlight.com.au/?p=8157&cid=17&pid=89)  PM me if she can't find it.

I purchased 1 metre each of lining and outside fabric and used most of it.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ollieorange on June 18, 2007 03:02:34 PM
I love that it folds into it's own pocket! I always forget to bring my bags in when I go shopping, if it's nice and small I'm more likely to remember. Thanks so much for the tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: PlumCrafty on June 18, 2007 03:10:03 PM
There's one at Dee Why (which is the closest to Wahroonga).  http://www.spotlight.com.au/?p=8157&cid=17&pid=89 (http://www.spotlight.com.au/?p=8157&cid=17&pid=89)  PM me if she can't find it.

Great, I'm off to email her now! Thanks for showing the wonderful bag! :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: wobblerat on June 18, 2007 03:24:28 PM
Great tutorial, thank you so much!  :-*  I would like to make a couple and then make another little pouch to put all of them into!  Or is that pouch overkill?  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bigyellowtaxi on June 18, 2007 03:28:40 PM
I love this! I especially love how tiny it folds up so you can always have it with you!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rio1997 on June 18, 2007 03:47:43 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial!  I'm off to check out my fabric stash.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: crochet hooker12 on June 18, 2007 03:54:07 PM
This is awesome. I usually just carry a crocheted totebag when I plan on going shopping, but it's really bulky and doesnt fold up so nicely. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: RebelYellGirl on June 18, 2007 04:07:30 PM
Totally great tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on June 18, 2007 04:20:04 PM
I adore this.  I must make this.  Thank-you, thank-you for the tute. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: WIPs on June 18, 2007 04:26:19 PM
Thank you oh so very much for the tute!!!! Thank you, thank you!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: FauxChina on June 18, 2007 04:59:54 PM
Absolutely brilliant!  Any idea if it would still hold up as well if it was hand-sewn?  I think I'll hand-sew one anyway and use it for non-food shopping.  I really need a sewing machine.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 18, 2007 05:15:26 PM
Absolutely brilliant!  Any idea if it would still hold up as well if it was hand-sewn?  I think I'll hand-sew one anyway and use it for non-food shopping.  I really need a sewing machine.

I think if you did the french seam at the bottom it should hold up quite well. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: loves2experiment on June 18, 2007 05:39:15 PM
Fantastic!  This is exactly what I was looking for :)  Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mi mantita on June 18, 2007 05:46:05 PM
thanks so much for the tute! I'm going to make myself one right now.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sphinxy on June 18, 2007 06:09:44 PM
Thanks for the tute, It's a lovely bag... Will have to give it a try...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: flutter-by on June 18, 2007 06:34:13 PM
This looks like a great project.  I know what I'll be attempting to do in the next few days.  Thanks.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on June 18, 2007 06:35:37 PM
I have a bunch of reusable bags that have my grocery store's logo on them. And, somewhere I have a couple of totes that fold into tiny pouches. Problem is, they're so tiny that they are easily lost...as is the case right now!

I love your design because I can use it anywhere and everywhere! Plus, if I use cotton, it'll be machine washable! And, I can make a bunch of them so I will always have some in the car! And they'll make great gifts!! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!!!!


!!!!!! ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kedrock on June 18, 2007 06:46:16 PM
Love it.  Going to make several.  Also love the idea of making a pouch to hold all the little pouches.  Maybe I'll make my "master pouch" with a pocket to hold coupons.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sin esperanza on June 18, 2007 07:07:30 PM
You are my hero!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: spicecarrie on June 18, 2007 07:43:29 PM
Wow what a great idea!  Thanks for the tutorial!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Compositore Zippy on June 18, 2007 08:54:46 PM
Brilliant!  I'm definitely making one for my next project.  :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Stikchic8 on June 18, 2007 10:17:15 PM
Great! I can't wait to make one. Thanks for all the guidance.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: runyerpockets77 on June 18, 2007 11:24:35 PM
That is adorable!  I'm gonna have to try it.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: green r my tear$ on June 18, 2007 11:52:27 PM
I really like this idea.  It is amazing what people like you and I come up with. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: silk81 on June 19, 2007 12:37:35 AM
That's a really cute idea! thank you for the tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: elliebelly123 on June 19, 2007 02:47:37 AM
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is soooooo amazing!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on June 19, 2007 06:03:40 AM
Great idea, and great tutorial!  Thanks for posting!

I wonder if you could make this with a sturdier fabric (cotton duck or canvas, for example) and line the handles and top portion of the bag only (similar to a facing in an unlined jacket)?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pfirsch on June 19, 2007 06:27:26 AM
I got the inspiration for this bag from here:

http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/shopping-bag.shtml (http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/shopping-bag.shtml)

....and on the purses, bags, wallets:  discussions and questions board, pfirsch wanted to know how to make a more "finished" bag.  I have also added another feature which allows the bag to be folded up into its own pouch (you will see this further down in the tutorial).
Finding out that you had posted a tutorial was a pleasant surprise this morning. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: imrahil on June 19, 2007 07:29:12 AM
What a great idea! I always forget to bring bags but I think I'll try this :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: heyitzme37 on June 19, 2007 07:45:14 AM
What a great shopping bag and JoAnn's is having all their clearance fabric 50% off this week.  Must go buy lots.  Excuse the stupid question but is 1 metre of fabric 1 yard?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: straw_holder on June 19, 2007 07:51:48 AM
What a fabulous idea.  Thank you so much for the tutorial.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: imrahil on June 19, 2007 07:52:10 AM
What a great shopping bag and JoAnn's is having all their clearance fabric 50% off this week.  Must go buy lots.  Excuse the stupid question but is 1 metre of fabric 1 yard?

I used a conversion site: Results:  1 yards equals 0.9144 meters.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Gwydion on June 19, 2007 08:09:20 AM
Oh, nice!  I've been wanting a small, compact shopping bag that I could just whip out when needed.  All my shopping bags are really huge--this one's perfect for quick grocery stops!  I love the pocket idea.  So much better than keeping a plastic bag wadded up in my purse.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Bll on June 19, 2007 09:36:10 AM
 thanks! I just found that pattern and was wondering about making it double or single layered. i especially like the pocket for easy storage.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muzzymom86 on June 19, 2007 10:17:56 AM
This is great.  My neighbor and I were just talking about wanting some of these.  My laundry room has been taken over by those pesky plastic bags.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 19, 2007 01:04:15 PM
To answer the question on yardage/metreage, I purchased 1 metre each of outer fabric and lining fabric.  I have probably about 30 cm (1 foot) left of each fabric.  So, a yard would be plenty.  I did however, purchase 122cm wide fabric which is 48 inches.  The usual width is 112cm or 44 inches.  I don't think it would make a huge difference though. 

Great idea, and great tutorial!  Thanks for posting!

I wonder if you could make this with a sturdier fabric (cotton duck or canvas, for example) and line the handles and top portion of the bag only (similar to a facing in an unlined jacket)?

Yes, you could partly line it.  Just cut your lining piece across, just below the curved handles and curved opening part and just double hem the bottom of the lining.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: green r my tear$ on June 19, 2007 01:42:17 PM
how do I get my pics to most recent posts.  I want to show you my version of the bag.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: joysephine on June 19, 2007 03:36:12 PM
Wow, that's rockin' awesome!  I can't wait to make one for myself!  Thank you so much for posting the tutorial.  And the way you made a little pouch for it to fold into is genius!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: juliasews on June 19, 2007 05:11:13 PM
so great! I may do this as extra re-usable giftbags!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: idrinktea on June 19, 2007 05:27:33 PM
I nearly bought a trader joes reusable shopping bag yesterday and I am so glad I didn't. Thank you for this, it's made my day.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: peariso on June 19, 2007 08:56:27 PM
I just finished my first one!  Super easy! Thank you for the Tute.  I'm off to go shopping.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Knit_Dork24 on June 20, 2007 08:03:01 AM
This is so clever! The fact that you can fold it into a pouch is quite genius. It pretty much eliminates the "I always forget to bring them" excuse for not using cloth bags.

And you can make them cute and stylish! Yet, another incentive.

Thanks so much!  :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mavans on June 20, 2007 09:20:22 AM
Oh I love that.... thanks for the tut.... I will have to give this a try.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: green r my tear$ on June 20, 2007 11:32:07 AM

This my verison of the Singlet bag. I changed it because I made it for my grandmother who is partial paralized.  I did not use a pattern either.  I just used at least 1/2 yrd for each fabric.



I added a straps, zipper and made a matching pouch.


I added a pocket inside for personal use.  I attached a zipper to the lining and the pocket (this is easier than I thought).

thanks for the idea.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: WIPs on June 20, 2007 11:34:22 AM
I love that fabric! Super-cute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: green r my tear$ on June 20, 2007 11:36:58 AM
thanks so much!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on June 20, 2007 11:58:21 AM
I finished mine last night.  I started sewing for the first time about three weeks ago so this is an easy tute to follow. I'll definitely be making more of these. :)
http://picasaweb.google.com/quiquesmom/SewingProjects (http://picasaweb.google.com/quiquesmom/SewingProjects)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mysticflower on June 20, 2007 12:11:48 PM
This is a fun idea and the design looks gorgeous when reborn in fabric! I like the kitsch element with the flowers, I think it really adds a sparkle to the whole concept. :) I will have to make one of these, thanks for the pattern!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 20, 2007 02:17:46 PM
I finished mine last night.  I started sewing for the first time about three weeks ago so this is an easy tute to follow. I'll definitely be making more of these. :)
http://picasaweb.google.com/quiquesmom/SewingProjects (http://picasaweb.google.com/quiquesmom/SewingProjects)

Wow!!!  I really like the fabric you made it in.  Very nice.  Did it take you long?  I seemed to take forever to make mine (as I was taking photos and pinning etc.).  I normally don't pin or use very minimal pins.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: green r my tear$ on June 20, 2007 02:42:22 PM
Making it was the easy part.  Deciding on the fabric took sometime as I have a lot of fabric to choose from.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: green r my tear$ on June 20, 2007 02:44:38 PM
i want to thank you for all of your efforts (taking the pics, etc.)!!!14


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on June 20, 2007 02:50:03 PM


Wow!!!  I really like the fabric you made it in.  Very nice.  Did it take you long?  I seemed to take forever to make mine (as I was taking photos and pinning etc.).  I normally don't pin or use very minimal pins.
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I got the fabric from Wal-Mart.  It took me a little over four hours.  Keep in mind I am sewing neophyte. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Huff on June 20, 2007 11:23:57 PM
Ooooh queenofdiy I think I love you! That is one of the best tutes I've seen!  I'm off to spotlight first thing tomorrow! (I think i need to rein it in on the exclamation points!! way OTT)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mintlatte on June 21, 2007 12:38:51 PM
Love this bag... made one last night!!!!  Elvis on the outside black stonewash on the inside! I love this because it feels SO sturdy, looks good and give me a place to use all the novelty fabrics I have accumulated over the years. 
 I used almost 1 yard of each , you could probably get by with 7/8 of a yard......


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sewmethesky on June 21, 2007 05:48:36 PM
Great Tutorial!!! & very cute Bag 'Queenofdiy'

Right when I saw this post I started to cut up a plastic bag  :)

Here is the one I made

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I can't wait to use this to go grocery shopping!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on June 21, 2007 08:02:09 PM
Oh, I am definitely making some of these! I have to hit the fabric store on my way home tomorrow, so I guess I'll be picking up some fabric for a set of these! And, I think I'll make a little zippered pouch (lined of course ;) ) to carry them all in!

Thanks again for posting such a neat project!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Solitaire on June 21, 2007 11:04:00 PM
I just love this tute!  Thank you so much for this bag pattern!! So far I've made two and I love them. I used them tonight at the grocery ... here they are:

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h107/SeattleSolitaire/My%20Crochet%20Stuff/000_0855.jpg)

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h107/SeattleSolitaire/My%20Crochet%20Stuff/000_0854.jpg)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 21, 2007 11:44:18 PM
I just love this tute!  Thank you so much for this bag pattern!! So far I've made two and I love them. I used them tonight at the grocery ... here they are:

They look fantastic!!  I really like the purply fabric - very interesting - I could look at it for hours.  You must sew fast  :D whipping up these little beauties.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Solitaire on June 21, 2007 11:55:06 PM
lol from start to finish .. I think they each took about an hour and a half. I love the purply fabric too ... it's called "third rock" from Fabri Craft. I picked it up off craigs list at Christmas .. a fellow sewing enthusiast was moving cross country and I scored BIG TIME!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 22, 2007 12:07:24 AM
Right when I saw this post I started to cut up a plastic bag  :)

Ha ha!!  That's so funny  ;D

I love the fabric you picked.  Do you have that sort of fabric lying around in your stash!?!!  WOW  :o  Fabulous!!! 

How did you go turning it into the pouch?  I found that if I tried to turn it all at once it was really hard.  If I pushed one corner down on the pouch at a time to turn it was much easier.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: BlondieKate on June 22, 2007 06:51:12 AM
I don't sew, but my other half does (she's a quilter).  She's going to be making a few of these very very soonly for us.

Also, the Target bags seem to be deeper than the regular grocery bags.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mbaker on June 22, 2007 08:12:44 AM
i love it! beats collecting thousands of those plastic bags!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on June 22, 2007 08:54:17 AM
You guys are selecting such pretty fabric to make your bags.  I was thinking it would be a great way to get rid of all the fabric in my stash that I look at now and say, "What was I thinking?"

We are in the process of moving over the next week or so.  Once I am settled and have my sewing area set up, you'd better believe I'll be making myself some of these.  They are great!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cherry blossom on June 22, 2007 09:21:59 AM
thank you thank you thank you for this!  i absolutely HATE plastic grocery bags.  they are all gathered in a pile in the bottom of my pantry haha!  i can't stand to throw them away.....so now i can!  (except for my target shopping bags which are just a bit bigger than the normal ones....i use them to line my bathroom trash bin...)  i'll have to make sure to make at least two semi-manly looking ones for the boyfriend to use haha :)   


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hawkeyes_girl on June 22, 2007 01:26:21 PM
I just made one! I used plain 'ol cotton and with the lining it turned out bulkier than I expected. Good news is, I think it will withstand a LOT of weight. I stuffed it for the photos. (box of lasagna, spaghetti, 15-pack box of popcorn, box of storage bags)

The tutorial was good. I was confused about sewing the handles back on themselves but it made sense after I reference-looked at an uncut plastic bag. Took about 1.5 hours.

I will personally add more length for the handles next time. I always have thought the length of the plastic bag handles is too short anyhow. Enough gabbing.





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Isolde on June 22, 2007 01:34:04 PM
This is great. I'm going to have to try this. I didn't even realize that it folds into itself, until the secoond time I looked at it. Looks awesome.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sewmethesky on June 22, 2007 02:41:01 PM
Right when I saw this post I started to cut up a plastic bag  :)

Ha ha!!  That's so funny  ;D

I love the fabric you picked.  Do you have that sort of fabric lying around in your stash!?!!  WOW  :o  Fabulous!!! 

How did you go turning it into the pouch?  I found that if I tried to turn it all at once it was really hard.  If I pushed one corner down on the pouch at a time to turn it was much easier.

I wish I had more of these kinds of fabrics lying around..I picked the pink stuff up when it was on clearance at a fabric store for 3 dollars a yard.
As for the pouch, I think that I used too thick of a fabric and could not actually get it to fit into the pocket  :-\ Maybe I need to try a larger pocket next time?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on June 22, 2007 05:59:54 PM
Well, I went to the fabric store to get some fabric to make myself a set of these and it ended up costing me almost $150! I bought everything on sale, and was doing okay until this lady in line asked me what I was making, and when I said "Bags!" she said,
"Why aren't you making them out of the clearance fabrics that are 50% off?"

So, after I had my original fabrics cut, I moseyed on over to the clearance section and bought a TON of fabric! I had a bunch of bolts and was only going to get 2 yards of each (at $1.50 a yard with the sale), but then...I took what was left on the bolt for most of them. I just can't resist a bargain!

So, I'll be making my original set next week and then seeing what else I can come up with using all of the other fabric I bought!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Cherriez on June 22, 2007 06:41:52 PM
Here are my two I made:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178500.0


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 22, 2007 07:28:44 PM
Well, I went to the fabric store to get some fabric to make myself a set of these and it ended up costing me almost $150! I bought everything on sale, and was doing okay until this lady in line asked me what I was making, and when I said "Bags!" she said,
"Why aren't you making them out of the clearance fabrics that are 50% off?"

So, after I had my original fabrics cut, I moseyed on over to the clearance section and bought a TON of fabric! I had a bunch of bolts and was only going to get 2 yards of each (at $1.50 a yard with the sale), but then...I took what was left on the bolt for most of them. I just can't resist a bargain!

So, I'll be making my original set next week and then seeing what else I can come up with using all of the other fabric I bought!

SCORE!!!  Love to see what you come up with.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: stick on June 22, 2007 09:42:26 PM
I really really love this project.  I teach 1st grade and like to send home a bag for the children to fill with 5 items to tell about themselves.  I think I have found the pattern for the Personality Bags this year  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Lucille on June 23, 2007 01:14:45 PM
Thanks for the tut!!! Great Project!  :-*

Here's my attempt at it, the fabric comes from bedsheets (a gift) far too short for my bed ... it took me 1.5 hour to complete it but maybe that's because I had to handsew it all 'cause I have no sewing machine (yet :P). I'm planning to do a couple more for my friends.

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/1637/shoppingbagkf7.jpg (http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/1637/shoppingbagkf7.jpg)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 23, 2007 02:51:16 PM
Thanks for the tut!!! Great Project!  :-*

Here's my attempt at it, the fabric comes from bedsheets (a gift) far too short for my bed ... it took me 1.5 hour to complete it but maybe that's because I had to handsew it all 'cause I have no sewing machine (yet :P). I'm planning to do a couple more for my friends.

Nice fabric.  Are they roses?  WOW - you must be a quick hand sewer!!  I think it took me that by machine.  Imagine what you will be like once you get a machine.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hat-and-bag-lady on June 23, 2007 04:56:59 PM
Thank you for the tutorial.  I've been wanting to make my own grocery bags for some time. I like that you've lined it. And that it folds up into its own pocket.  I wish more people would use their own bag.  It would cut down on  the amount of trash on our roadsides and up our trees and down our rivers.  I'm a Canadian from Beautiful British Columbia.  I'm also allergic to plastic bags.
Thanks again for the tutorial


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Lucille on June 23, 2007 06:25:37 PM
Nice fabric.  Are they roses?  WOW - you must be a quick hand sewer!!  I think it took me that by machine.  Imagine what you will be like once you get a machine.

Yes, they're roses. A pity I couldn't use the bedsheets, they were beautiful.
I'm a pretty quick but not-so-precise hand sewer  :-\ ... I always rush 'cause I can't wait to complete my projects... I'll eventually learn to be more patient and precise  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on June 23, 2007 10:00:45 PM
I made another one. This one is a mini version.  I used the smallest size of Walmart bags.
I think it's so cute.   :)



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: odile on June 23, 2007 10:35:40 PM
adorable AND practical- and amazingly sturdy!!! wow. I honestly wish I had the patience and courage to try it, spot on!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on June 24, 2007 01:23:06 AM
What a great idea!  I need to make some.  I'm over run with plastic bags.  Usually I take them to recycle but am saving for monster wreaths.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: MissWednesday on June 24, 2007 04:11:40 AM
OMG that is fantastic!! Adding it to my crafty to-do list straight away :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: betty bat on June 24, 2007 09:32:20 AM
This is a really great idea, beautiful bag, great tutorial ---did I miss anything? 

One advantage of these fabric bags is that the handles will be "kinder" to your hands than the plastic ones.  Maybe they could even be padded?  I remember watching a video about osteoporosis (don't ask why) and the woman in the video said that she had broken a finger just by carrying one of the plastic bags by the handle.  The cloth bags might eliminate this problem.

I'm looking forward to making my first one of these, then making more for gifts.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Bigmouth on June 24, 2007 12:19:44 PM
I'm waiting for someone to combine this project with the "make your own fabric from plastic grocery bags" project (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178442.0).
Heh.  Imagine using a plastic grocery bag as a pattern to make a permanent grocery bag out of... recycled grocery bags! 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: tsubomi_chan on June 24, 2007 12:59:57 PM
I'm waiting for someone to combine this project with the "make your own fabric from plastic grocery bags" project (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178442.0).
Heh.  Imagine using a plastic grocery bag as a pattern to make a permanent grocery bag out of... recycled grocery bags! 
I tried to do it, but my outside layer was Target bags, and the cute little red targets melted to the card stock... It did end up being good to make a pattern though- I just finished making a simple one of these bags out of some handkerchiefs. It gave me the courage to maybe try this nice lined version!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ravens tail on June 24, 2007 01:18:11 PM
WOW! Queenofdiy you really are the Queen!  Thanks for sharing the tute what a great idea and everyone's looks so cool! Going to try it out soon! Good work everyone! :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: stephielou on June 24, 2007 05:08:27 PM
I'm waiting for someone to combine this project with the "make your own fabric from plastic grocery bags" project (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178442.0).
Heh.  Imagine using a plastic grocery bag as a pattern to make a permanent grocery bag out of... recycled grocery bags! 

Brilliant! I saw something like this a while back in the etsylabs store, but they were a tote-style. Thanks for that link! I love that idea.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: surreal_rebirth on June 25, 2007 08:49:38 AM
thanks so much for posting this.  after my trip to walmart and fuming as i watched the cashier waste a ridiculous amount of plastic bags, i'm determined to make enough cloth ones so that i won't have to use plastic anymore.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on June 25, 2007 11:52:33 AM
I'm curious ... for those of you who use "reuseable" bags, what is the reaction of store clerks when you give them the bags?

The concept of using non-disposable bags has not caught on in my community.  I may become a trendsetter!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Gwydion on June 25, 2007 12:39:54 PM
I'm curious ... for those of you who use "reuseable" bags, what is the reaction of store clerks when you give them the bags?

The concept of using non-disposable bags has not caught on in my community.  I may become a trendsetter!

It really depends on the store.   Grocery stores are usually pretty decent about it-- the cheaper stores are often bag-your-own anyway and the more frou-frou stores tend to push "eco-friendly" in your face by selling their own reusable bags, so they can hardly complain.  :)

Big Box stores REALLY REALLY HATE for you to bring your own bags.  They tend to either ask you to leave them in the car or to make you leave the bags at the customer service desk until you've purchased your items and received a store bag.  <sigh>  Drug stores and discount stores (like Dollar Tree!) are similarly paranoid.

Weirdly, I've found that a number of small businesses and farmers' markets locally don't like reusable bags, because they "know you've paid" if the produce is in a plastic bag marked "Bob's Produce" or whatever.  Never mind that I could have just saved the Bob's Produce bag from the LAST trip.  :)  It helps if you're a regular customer... eventually they get used to the idea.  (big box stores almost NEVER get used to the idea, because you never see the same sales clerks/security officers twice.)

This is why I really like that this pattern folds up into a harmless square!  Not only is it NEAT (unlike a string bag, which gets tangled in your hairbrush or whatever else is in your purse!), but you can actually bring it in the door without raising the hackles of the "unauthorized shopping bag" people.



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on June 25, 2007 01:24:04 PM
I bought some reusable bags from the chain grocery store that I usually shop at and for the first month that I used them, they still looked pretty new. The cashiers always wanted to ring them up as a new purchase!

I've found that I need to make an effort to get them to put stuff in my bags. If I just put them on the belt, the cashier pushes them aside and the bagger ignores them. Usually not a problem, but if I'm not paying attention, half my order is already bagged in plastic. Once, when this happened, I asked the bagger to put my items in my own bags- she took the items she had already bagged, plastic bag and all, and stuffed them into the bags.

*sigh* Some people just don't get it...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Bigmouth on June 25, 2007 01:48:01 PM
Cashiers' habits can be hard to overcome.  Usually, bagging is part of their "flow."  Unfortunately, in many stores I've encountered, double-bagging is part of their flow.  There's nothing quite like buying a single bottle of Tylenol and having it double-bagged, but I do understand how little things like that become automatic (especially as they get faster and more experienced).

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).  It's definitely easier to use reusables in stores with front checkouts, versus mall stores where you walk around and through the store after making a purchase (I can understand how that might appear really suspicious).  Sometimes I compromise by taking the plastic shopping bag for my first purchase, and asking to put later purchases in the bag I already have (if I'm buying at more than one store).  You know, a second pocket or pouch just for receipts might not be a bad idea (particularly a clear one)--just to make it really clear that you're on the up-and-up, and so you can produce the receipts really quickly if someone asks.  Or making a mesh or clear vinyl tote-style bag for non-grocery shopping--maybe based on the round-handled plastic shopping bags they use in clothing stores.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on June 25, 2007 02:14:50 PM
You know, a second pocket or pouch just for receipts might not be a bad idea (particularly a clear one)--just to make it really clear that you're on the up-and-up, and so you can produce the receipts really quickly if someone asks.  Or making a mesh or clear vinyl tote-style bag for non-grocery shopping--maybe based on the round-handled plastic shopping bags they use in clothing stores.

This is a good idea! Someone above mentioned using the "make your own fabric from plastic bags" tutorial- I wonder if it would work as well with clear bags? I was planning to make a pouch to keep my bags in,  so maybe I could clip a clear "receipt pouch" to that. I don't know if I have any clear bags, though...Definitely worth looking into...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Skrabadoo on June 25, 2007 04:28:15 PM
Thank you so much for the tutorial.  I was able to make a bag as well.  I didn't put a pocket on it because I was struggling a bit and just wanted it to be done.  As soon as I figured out the handles it was pretty smooth sailing.  The print is of cute little grey mice with pink ears, the lining is solid blue.

My goal is to fill up my plastic bag holder with fabric bags! Oh and to make one masculin enough for my boyfriend to want to use.



Thanks again!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: wafflesandcupcakes on June 25, 2007 04:28:49 PM
Great idea!
I've never thought about that!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Knit_Dork24 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.  >:( 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.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: anneR 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. :)

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!  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: stephielou 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!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Gwydion 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. :)


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.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HSG 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!  ;D

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!  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: peariso 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.   


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ebeth 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 :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: peariso 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.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mtaplusone 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!!!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mtaplusone 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. :P


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 27, 2007 12:43:36 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!

Can't wait to see your bags!!!  Would you believe me if I told you I was a left-hander??  However, my brain has an abnormal ability in mental rotation skills.  I think it's probably due to 25 odd years of sewing and I would think many hours about what I was going to sew.  I would literally sew it in my head.  I still do this today and I can picture exactly what I want to sew.  Unfortunately, this has a downside - sometimes I just try stuff to see if it works and when it does I feel like I have wasted time.  On the other hand, it's good because it works...

So, needless to say, I can see something and work out how it is made almost immediately (in most cases).  :D

Post your pics soon!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mtaplusone on June 27, 2007 01:42:29 PM
It is so good to know that someone else 'works it out in their head' like me and is a left hander t'boot!  That is what I was doing in the shower, I had memorized the directions on the handle and was visualizing what I needed to do to make it happen.  Sitting at the sewing maching with 2 tots being tots was not getting it done!
Try this link:
the bag laying flat
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/tpropst/IMG_1127.jpg
the bag being slouchy
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/tpropst/IMG_1128.jpg


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 27, 2007 01:49:55 PM
Oooh - very nice.  Is that a wave at the top opening of the bag I see???  Fantastic.  The contrast pocket looks great.  And...good thinking about balancing the pockets. 

Go lefties!! ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: candlemas on June 27, 2007 02:51:01 PM
Great! Thank you a lot!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mintlatte on June 27, 2007 03:07:58 PM
I finally took pics of mine too :-)
With my current knitting project in it:



And Folded :-)



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mtaplusone on June 27, 2007 05:22:36 PM
That is a wave-nice catch!  I went full force on capturing the full look of the walmart bag!  Another shortcut....I took my fabric on folded it in half, and then cut both pieces (front and back) at the same time.  This helped to make sure the pieces were truely identical and saved me pinning the plastic baggie 4 times :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: miasu on June 27, 2007 08:23:39 PM
This is beautiful. Really really beautiful! My mom is soo thrilled about me finding this- she wants me to make her tons. Thank you soo much for the tutorial! That was so kind of you to share it!

And also! I just realized-- I would always take plastic grocery bags to school for lunch, and I would reuse them, but eventually, they would get worn/torn, and I'd have to get a new one-- but NOW I can make one! Like the adorable mini one!! Thank you so much again!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Knit_Dork24 on June 28, 2007 07:19:43 AM
Love the Elvis fabric!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dragonslair on June 28, 2007 07:34:24 AM
Finished 4 using the original unlined overlock/serger pattern yesterday.  Used flannel like for kids jammies.  Showed them to Mom's friend who was over for dinner yesterday who works for a local chain grocery.  He was very impressed that it would hold 12 cans of food without the threat of breaking where as a plastic bag can only do 6 and still threatens to break.  I grew u in Virginia where they charged you to use the store bags (paper and plastic) and made you bag your own groceries I never thought of them as being a problem, then again they fit nicely in my diaper bag and no one questions a mom with a diaper bag.  Our farmers markets here don't have bags so they love them.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muzzymom86 on June 28, 2007 08:20:03 AM
Super job everyone. When I get my twirly skirts done I am so going to do this.  I really like the Elvis fabric.  Our W store has alot of this on clearance for like $1/yard.  I like it but couldn't think of anything to do with it.  Now I know.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: artoo1121 on June 29, 2007 03:19:37 PM
I just finished my bag yesterday!  This was such a great tutorial, easy to follow.  I used a Target bag as my model, I think they are bigger than normal bags.



I found the fabric at a quilt shop.  I would usually never put these two kinds of fabrics together, but I LOVE it!

I still haven't ironed it yet, which may explain why it is a little wonky.  But I love it anyway.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: im_linni on June 29, 2007 03:40:40 PM
Ooooo Artoo I Love the fabrics you chose!  fabulous job!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Mienna on June 29, 2007 05:54:22 PM
I tried making this bag and I totally failed. I don't know what I did, but I couldn't figure it out.  :-[ I love y'alls bags, though!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cute_anarchy on June 29, 2007 07:25:53 PM
I totally love the fabrics you chose artoo1121!  This is a cool project: it is so good to have a way to reduce the number of plastic bag 'tumbleweeds'  living under the sink.  I am going to have to make some of these!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kaissa on June 30, 2007 01:59:15 PM
Thank you so much for posting the instructions for this bag! I have been wanting to make some shopping bags for a while. I made my first one today! I did something weird with the handles so they came out a bit crooked, but overall I am very happy with it and it didn't take me long to do! I'll be making many more of these.





 ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: FishStikks on June 30, 2007 08:56:45 PM
Kaissa that is one gorgeous bag, absolutely love the fabric you used.
I love everyones take on this great bag and what a super idea. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the step by steps. I do much better with a pattern but I'm still wanting to give this great idea a go.
Love it!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Oops Creations on July 01, 2007 12:18:27 PM
Yeah I joined the bandwagon

Now if you happen to be "The Crafty Cat" do not look further.


okay



we can proceed


Since I didn't have any great patterned fabric lying about, I used a solid cotton twill canvas lined with white jersey, and APPLIQUED this awesome cat on the front.  There are also two pockets on the inside.  I learned a new stitch following this tutorial.  I am now in love with the "French Seam" and will use it whereever possible.  Thanks so much for inspiring me!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kaissa on July 01, 2007 02:36:19 PM
Thank you, babbeto! I found the fabric very cheap on sale and I love it. Now I'm wishing I had purchased more.

Oops- love that applique! :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hawkeyes_girl on July 01, 2007 06:15:20 PM
To everyone who's having difficulty with the tutorial, some advice-

Try to follow the instructions although they may not seem to make intuitive sense, it will turn out right (I got all confused about the French Seaming and the last sewing of the handles especially)

Have a bunch of plastic bags to look at. And tear apart. I didn't get the last stage of making the handles/sucking in the bag sides until I really LOOKED at how the plastic one was constructed. I needed to see the real deal.

 ;D



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kategirl on July 02, 2007 11:35:32 AM
I made one of these this morning.  it seems to work great!  in the picture I have two large boxes of pasta and two jars of pasta sauce and there's still tons of room!



thanks for the tutorial.  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: TooManyIdeas on July 03, 2007 05:17:01 PM
What a fantastic project! I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone's bags.
I found this site just last night at work. After I slept a few hours, I woke up and found some fabric. So now my mom has 2 re-usable grocery bags of her very own.  8) I will be making more!
Thanks so much for this thread!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: the.fee.fairy on July 04, 2007 10:50:44 AM
That's an ace bag!
I love reusable bags, and making my own has appealed so many times, but other projects have always got in the way.

Thanks for the really clear tutorial too. Its on my list of things to make at the weekend!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: **Jade** on July 04, 2007 05:59:16 PM
Love... Love ...Love it!!! What an awesome idea for quick and easy presents I mean really.... I'm thinking I'm gonna go through my stash and make a bunch to have on hand for misc. gifting occaisions


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: tennessee big momma on July 05, 2007 10:05:48 AM
My niece and I sewed one yesterday.  We love it.  We are making bags for a friend who is a local farmer.  She loves the idea!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: elisa_kawaii on July 05, 2007 11:11:53 AM
Very great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: betty bat on July 05, 2007 01:42:05 PM
I mentioned this before, but the post is long now and I think this is worth repeating.

These bags are a lot kinder to your hands than the plastic ones - they don't cut in as much.  (I was going to say "real plastic ones", but that sounded pretty funny to me!)  They don't cut in nearly as much.  I think I'm going to try one with some additional padding in the handles!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kaissa on July 05, 2007 07:27:02 PM
I mentioned this before, but the post is long now and I think this is worth repeating.

These bags are a lot kinder to your hands than the plastic ones - they don't cut in as much.  (I was going to say "real plastic ones", but that sounded pretty funny to me!)  They don't cut in nearly as much.  I think I'm going to try one with some additional padding in the handles!

Yes! I noticed that. I had a few bags loaded on my arms (because I will NOT make two trips to the car :P ) and these fabric bags don't cut into your elbows and wrists and leave marks. Yay! :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sosarah on July 05, 2007 09:09:20 PM
Oh my goodness this is a cool bag! I usually just take my used plastic bags with me when I go shopping, but I will definitely make some of these for future use. Thanks for the tutorial!

 :D sarah


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: little_lady on July 06, 2007 01:12:52 PM
how big is your template(pattern)? how big is your finished bag?
BTW- thanks so much for the pattern!!! ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Mienna on July 07, 2007 01:16:36 PM
I finished my bag, I put it down for a while, and went back and to it and thought "what wasn't I getting?"

here's my version, thanks for the tut. (sorry for the large pics)




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hyerac on July 07, 2007 01:32:34 PM
how big is your template(pattern)? how big is your finished bag?
BTW- thanks so much for the pattern!!! ;D

I don't know about the OP, but since I'd just cut a plastic bag, I figure I could give you the basics.  I think the bag I'm using might be a bit smaller than standard plastic bag size...

Post-cutting, my template measures...

Across: 16.5"
Top to bottom (including handles): 18"
Handles: 5" high, 4" wide; set in 1.25" from side edges

Hope that's helpful!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: the mod stitch on July 07, 2007 04:39:05 PM
queenofdiy, you rock!

i am so trying this!  i saw this thread last night but had already started a bag.  but now im finished..so guess what?  this is next!

yes!  im so excited!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: annamhudson on July 07, 2007 06:13:57 PM
What a well presented tutorial! and the bag is great! I have to make one!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: the mod stitch on July 07, 2007 08:53:35 PM
just made mine!  just a question-did any of you tack the top of the gusset part?  like right under the handle?  just curious.





i like it.  i put two pockets on the inside instead of a 'fold into itself' on the outside..id use it as a regular bag..not a grocery bag.  but anyway. thanks for tut!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: everkutz on July 07, 2007 11:45:14 PM
I realize this thread is quite long, but I must add my 2 cents!  I LOVE this bag!  Thanks OP for the terrific tutorial!!  I have been wanting to make some fabric grocery bags just like this, but just haven't gotten around to it.  Now I will.  I will round up some fabric in the morning and make at least a couple bags, but I will actually need about a dozen bags for groceries and Walmart shopping trips!  I like the idea about the clear pocket for receipts, as well as making different size bags. 

I love the fabrics everyone has used!  Great bags everyone!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: soulsammich on July 08, 2007 10:24:23 AM
Oh, fantastico!  I've been meaning to make some of those plain-jane totes to take to the store but I'm so glad I ran across your tut!  This is so much more fun.  I'm more earth/ eco/aware - trying to teach my daughter better ways to live so the world she will live in as an adult woun't be a disaster.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: eniko on July 09, 2007 10:09:54 AM
this bag is so nice and handy.
I wish i could sew  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on July 12, 2007 07:01:57 PM
i don't know if this has been said already, because i don't really want to read through 15 pages of comments to check, but i did have one problem, sewing the handles together at the top. on the first side, i did it as per the tutorial, and it was such a pain in the butt! so, on the other side, i turned one side of the bag inside out and slid it right-sides together with the other, jordy-bag style, and just sewed all around the edge. am i making any sense? it seemed to be alot easier than the way it was shown in the tutorial. if anyone is interested i could get a few pics of the different way i did it, as an alternate to that part of the tute.

oh, and btw, this is not a complaint or a criticism, just a comment/suggestion. i hope i don't offend the original poster  :-[


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on July 12, 2007 07:13:19 PM
i don't know if this has been said already, because i don't really want to read through 15 pages of comments to check, but i did have one problem, sewing the handles together at the top. on the first side, i did it as per the tutorial, and it was such a pain in the butt! so, on the other side, i turned one side of the bag inside out and slid it right-sides together with the other, jordy-bag style, and just sewed all around the edge. am i making any sense? it seemed to be alot easier than the way it was shown in the tutorial. if anyone is interested i could get a few pics of the different way i did it, as an alternate to that part of the tute.

oh, and btw, this is not a complaint or a criticism, just a comment/suggestion. i hope i don't offend the original poster  :-[

No offense taken at all!!!  I think I get what you are saying.  Did you sew the top of the handles and sides first then put the two bags together (right sides together) then sew the handle edges? 

Are all the seams hidden inside the bag?  This is the reason that I did the handles the way I did.  I have a "thing" with raw edges not showing.  I like finished edges.

If you have an easier way, I would love to see it!!!  Thanks for sharing.  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: the mod stitch on July 12, 2007 09:37:58 PM
the first one i made like this, i had trouble as well.

not the u shape, but the other side, where it says quit around 1" from edge..i found that to not be enough room for when you sewed the top of the handles and continued to the lining. 

on the next bag i stopped the stitching farther down and then i put the handle fabrics together to see if the opening was large enough..if it wasnt i just seam ripped down a little bit until it was.

does that make sense?  the handles on the next bag looked perfect.  especially with topstitching.  really polished.

thanks for the tut, btw!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Nurse Doom on July 12, 2007 11:02:05 PM
Thanks for the tutorial.  I made one the other day with a minimum of swearing (except the handles...one those pesky handles) and it came out lovely.  I used some rainbow striped canvas, so it is definitely heavy duty.  I'll use it for carrying my beer.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Shazrasha on July 13, 2007 05:25:03 AM
I made one and I think the hardest part was trying to turn it inside out when putting it away. I think my lining made the bag a bit too think. I came up with an alternative method of folding it all together. Instead of doing it all at once I just fold the sides toward the centre, turn the pouch inside out and then fold the rest to the bag in. It meant that I could get away with making the pouch a little small without it ripping the seams when I turned it inside out.

Next time I think thinner material might be a better idea  ::)

Thanks for the tutorial, it was easy to use once I got my head round it all.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gossi on July 13, 2007 08:00:27 AM
wow.it looks great:)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: twoarchys on July 13, 2007 10:36:33 AM
I made another one. This one is a mini version.  I used the smallest size of Walmart bags.
I think it's so cute.   :)


I was thinking about the mini-bags as well! I think they'd be the right size for my small kids and I think it would be helpful to make one to carry all the folded-up big ones. A hook on the pantry door could hold the mini-bag for collecting the big ones. (I'm on page 10 of the comments so someone else may have mentioned this without me realizing it - sorry if its already been said)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: withoutfear on July 16, 2007 05:29:28 AM


Thanks for the great tutorial. Mine turned out okay despite my complete lack of sewing skills ::) Now I know what I'm doing I'll definitely make more. Everyone's bags look so cute, especially the colourful ones :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: betty bat on July 16, 2007 06:50:54 AM
I don't think anyone else has said this yet -

The part about putting it into the pocket reminds me of a quillow (the quilt that packs up into its own pillow).


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: GIJane on July 16, 2007 09:10:09 AM
LOVE IT! ;)

You know what?? I'd wear your version on the 1st page as a bag, any day!  :D lololol


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: poprock6903 on July 16, 2007 12:17:57 PM
This tutorial and all the bags it has spawned are amazing!! I need to get on the bag train and make some of these. My boyfriend and I get a buttload of plastic bags whenever we go grocery shopping, and we end up re-using them, but not as fast as we collect them. That, and I have some pretty rockin' fabric I wouldn't mind using for this. Thanks for the tutorial, queenofdiy! Again, great job everybody! I'll post my bags soon!  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on July 16, 2007 01:18:26 PM
Thanks for all your kind words everyone.   :D

I don't think anyone else has said this yet -

The part about putting it into the pocket reminds me of a quillow (the quilt that packs up into its own pillow).

I used to make these years ago and that's where I got the idea from for making the pocket.  ;) 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: wobblerat on July 16, 2007 04:06:01 PM
Queenofdiy--  How would you go about making a bag for grocery/food items that tend to leak?  I was thinking about this on my way home from Rubio's with the omnipresent plastic bag.  They come from so many places!  I would hate to get grease on my pretty fabric bag... :'(


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: CreativeGenes on July 16, 2007 04:20:47 PM
Queenofdiy, I LOVE your bag! I was searching for a pattern for grocery bags and yours was the first I found, I stopped my search and started sewing! How cute and easy!!!! Great tut! So glad I found your tutorial and this community!
Thanks


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on July 16, 2007 08:13:45 PM
Queenofdiy--  How would you go about making a bag for grocery/food items that tend to leak?  I was thinking about this on my way home from Rubio's with the omnipresent plastic bag.  They come from so many places!  I would hate to get grease on my pretty fabric bag... :'(

Could you bring a plastic bag just for the leaky stuff? I know that I have a ton of plastic bags and I could easily tuck one into my fabric bag, just in case...and if I don't need it, I can drop it into the recycling bin at the store ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on July 16, 2007 08:23:02 PM
Could you bring a plastic bag just for the leaky stuff? I know that I have a ton of plastic bags and I could easily tuck one into my fabric bag, just in case...and if I don't need it, I can drop it into the recycling bin at the store ;)

What a great idea craftADDchick!!  I was thinking perhaps you could line it with a thin vinyl type fabric but the plastic bag is an easier and cheaper option.  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pfirsch on July 17, 2007 07:48:43 AM
Queenofdiy--  How would you go about making a bag for grocery/food items that tend to leak?  I was thinking about this on my way home from Rubio's with the omnipresent plastic bag.  They come from so many places!  I would hate to get grease on my pretty fabric bag... :'(
I don't know how difficult it would be, but how about making the bag using an old shower curtain as the lining?  Keeping a plastic bag on hand would definitely be easier and cheaper, as queenofdiy said.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on July 17, 2007 09:26:48 AM
I bought some vinyl tablecloths from Walmart that were on clearance (2 for $4.00). These would work great.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: w001324 on July 17, 2007 03:41:37 PM
I love this tutorial!  But I just read 17 pps of posts and I seem to be the only one who can't figure out how to turn the bag right side out....  Any suggestions?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: purplecowsarehot on July 17, 2007 03:52:58 PM
cool-ness
lol
 8)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on July 17, 2007 09:08:27 PM
I love this tutorial!  But I just read 17 pps of posts and I seem to be the only one who can't figure out how to turn the bag right side out....  Any suggestions?

what step are you on? the bag should be turned right-side-out after the very FIRST sewing step, when you sew around the sides of the handles. if you're past that,  you probably can't turn it right side out without taking out seams.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ReadJulia on July 18, 2007 08:07:19 PM
So I'm a relatively new sewer but I love this project and wanted to try it. I used some thicker cotton (from Ikea) for the outside and just some white muslin for the lining -- I wanted to test on stuff I had around the house.

I agree that I could have used more than 1-1.5" more open space on the handle as it got tight sewing across. My main problem came when I was sewing the French seam.

By the time I turned the gussets in, my machine was having trouble coping with the thickness. I had to hand-turn the wheel at some points to avoid a broken needle. The bottom seemed really thick and bulky to me. I'm interested in fabric suggestions to keep it as "non-bulky" at the bottom as possible at the bottom while still sturdy enough...

Thanks, in advance, for your thoughts.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muzzymom86 on July 19, 2007 05:48:05 AM
I'm really trying to get this made, but I am having one disaster after another.  First off I cut the fabric wrong now my print is upside down.  Then I didn't read the directions the whole way through and had to tear out a couple seams.  Now I finally figured it all out.  But i didn't catch all the first seam in the french seam (also having problem with the thickness) and my pocket is too short.  I will finish it today.  I love the pattern, I am just pattern illiterate.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dragonslair on July 19, 2007 08:06:55 AM
I love these, now I used the pattern that inspired the author of this tutorial, so mine are all just done on the overlock machine.  But thank you for sharing yours and the original link


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on July 19, 2007 08:30:11 AM
Here are three more bags that I've made.  The two on the ends are for my boys to put their trains and toy cars in.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dragonslair on July 19, 2007 09:00:18 AM
I love the Dale Bag... too bad he's leaving behind number 8.  My daughter had a purse made from that fabric, just my luck she has a crush on a nascar driver.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: twilight_blazes on July 20, 2007 10:28:07 AM
love love love your posts...you always have such great ideas and have a great way of making it understood for those of us that are...well never mind...but thanks for making such a great tute...i zipped one of these bags out the other night and now my daughters friends are begging me to make them each a shopping bag/purse lol


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quartney on July 21, 2007 09:42:21 AM
This was an awesome tutorial.  This was the 1st project ever that I did not need to use my seam-ripper, because your directions were so awesome!  I had my doubts ... especially about the handles.  And I learned about the "french seam"--amazing!

Thank you so so much for sharing, Queen :)

It is strong enough to cart around my full-grown cat, too!




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: WIPs on July 21, 2007 09:50:48 AM
I love the fabric you used!

How much does your cat weigh? I'm interested to see if I could do something similar with my dog, but I'm not sure if the fabric might hold up.


Title: I Made One...
Post by: twilight_blazes on July 21, 2007 10:08:53 AM
here it is in all it's glory http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/865402174/in/photostream/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/865402174/in/photostream/) and here's a pic showing contents it held nicely and without fear of the bottom ripping out! http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/865402182/in/photostream/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/865402182/in/photostream/) ps.- in this pic the bag it's self is shown folded up

thanks for such a great tute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Mienna on July 21, 2007 11:10:38 AM
quartney - Cute cat! I like the material you used, it's very nice.

twilight_blazes - I love the material you used also, it's great!

I've got a couple more cut out but haven't sewn them up yet, maybe I should go do that instead of spending more time on Craftster... hmmm.... naaahh.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on July 21, 2007 03:55:48 PM
The red fabric is pretty. 
Love the cat.  He looks like our orange baby.   Does he destroy things?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kblackwellpix on July 21, 2007 05:45:54 PM
i do not know if i am the only person who was kinda confused by the steps after putting the two peices together,  i made one but it looks nothing like yours.  i was confused with sewing the two sides together and ended up sewing the whole outside and lining all at one time... can someone help explain this a little better for me..

Katie


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on July 21, 2007 06:52:54 PM
Are you at the step that's before where the "pocket tute" begins?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on July 22, 2007 04:20:42 PM
can someone help explain this a little better for me..

Katie

okay, after you've laid it out all pretty and put the pocket on, you need to take both OUTER pieces and pull them together, right sides together, and both INNER pieces and hold them together with the other hand. the handles will be between the two lining pieces (which are RST), but they won't get caught up in the side seam because of that little dip-in they do at the bottom of the handle (am i making sense?). anyway, here's an explanatory photoshopped pic:



so, then, you'd just pin down both long sides and sew. it's kind of like the opposite of a jordy bag...you've sewn the tops together already, now you're doing the sides, and last you'll do the bottom. pm me if you need more help, i'll be making another one in the next day or two and can take alternate tutorial pics of all the steps.

hope that helped!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Champomy on July 23, 2007 05:32:19 AM
It's awesome but a little bit diffucult for me  ;D
But I'll try soon, it's beautiful


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: raspberryred615 on July 24, 2007 10:56:20 AM
nice!!! thx for the tut


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muzzymom86 on July 25, 2007 08:38:41 AM
Queenofdiy, thank you so much for this wonderful tute.  I have been looking at Envirosax for a couple of months now.  This is so much better because I can use up some my fabric stash.  The french seam gave me a bit of grief, but I finally figured it out.  After the cutting errors and alot of seam ripping, here goes.

My first attempt with cutting errors: notice the upside down flamingos and the pocket that is too small.
  My daughter (modeling) stole the reject one.  She is also modeling her t-shirt gauchos as see in this tute:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99090.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99090.0)

Here is the second attempt with what fabric I could salvage.  It is much smaller, but I really like it.  I didn't do a pocket on this one.

Now that I have learned a few things, I am excited to do this again.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: polkadotbug09 on July 25, 2007 02:49:48 PM
I'm in the process of making these wonderful bags, and saw an article in teen vogue about someone who started a business selling reuseable shopping bags, they looked kinda like the ones here and also folded up! thanks for the great tute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on July 26, 2007 08:37:48 AM
These things should carry a health warning - they're really addictive! First one had a couple of mistakes but they were fixable and I'm now contemplating my 4th and 5th ones! They take me about 2 albums to finish from cutting out to finishing (i always time things by how many times i have to change cd!) but I'm getting quicker each time. Here's my pics:




All made out of left-over dress material and I didn't add pockets. (they are all the same they just don't photograph well!)

xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on July 26, 2007 09:15:18 AM
great job, katyboo!  Cool fabrics.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: squidget on July 26, 2007 12:04:32 PM
I love this idea, I think I'm going to make a whole bunch and use up some of that fabric I have laying around!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on July 26, 2007 02:29:58 PM
Way cute fabrics!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: megawench on July 28, 2007 08:00:06 AM
Heres what I made based on your little design, my mom LOVES it! She's on a reusable shopping bag kick, so she wants me to make more!






Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on July 29, 2007 08:04:21 AM
Thanks guys  ;D (eventually I'll stop being so lazy and post pics of the matching dresses!) Megawench I love your fabrics too!

xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: betty bat on July 29, 2007 08:37:28 AM
Love your fabric, Megawench, especially the lining fabric.

I have some Mary Engelbreit fabric.  There are big panels with the "Queen of Everything" and "Princess of Quite a Lot" design.  The panels are about 14" by 14".  I've been trying to think of something to do with them for YEARS!  Has anyone tried making this pattern with separate fabric for the handles, rather than as a single piece?  The lining could be a single piece according to the pattern, but the way the panels are printed on the ME fabric, I'd have to do some cutting and "pasting" to get the outer piece.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: wobblerat on July 30, 2007 01:42:53 PM
betty bat, I think it would be really cute to use the ME panels for this bag.  Maybe you could do a border around them to incorporate them into the handles?  ME is just too cute to sit in the stash!

Having managed to wrangle all the components of the camera together, here are the bags I've made:

The small one is perfect for DVDs or library books, and has been comandeered by my 3 yr old:

The larger tote.  It's amazing just how much these can carry. 


The lining of the large bag.  I had to use two different pieces, as I am trying to use up the odds and ends of my stash:



The lining of the smaller bag.  I reused the pocket of some old hospital-issue scrubs. It even has a pen holder!



All the fabric for these bags has come from old scrubs that I made back in the day when I was a floor nurse and made them myself.  It's not likely that I'll do that type of nursing again, so it's been really great to be able to do something with all the scrubs that lets me see my cute fabric!  Since I have an entire enormous sterilite container full of scrubs, I've got tons of fabric to make more bags!  Which is good, because my Mom has been eying the floral one!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on July 30, 2007 03:12:31 PM
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The bag is made from one pattern piece.  It's just like the plastic shopping bags and in fact the pattern is made from the shopping bag.

Thanks for posting the tutorial!  As a beginner to sewing, I appreciate the concise instructions.  
The tote is so cute that I am carrying it as a purse.  The fabric is vintage.
(I plan to use this pattern again but will make longer handles so that I can hang the tote on my shoulder.)





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on July 30, 2007 04:43:57 PM
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The bag is made from one pattern piece.  It's just like the plastic shopping bags and in fact the pattern is made from the shopping bag.

Thanks for posting the tutorial!  As a beginner to sewing, I appreciate the concise instructions. 
The tote is so cute that I am carrying it as a purse.  The fabric is vintage.
(I plan to use this pattern again but will make longer handles so that I can hang the tote on my shoulder.)
Looooooove the fabric!  Nice job on the sewing too... especially since you're a beginner! 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Pumpkindoll on July 30, 2007 05:04:32 PM
Great Tut. I am going to try to make one after I buy more fabric. and that purse is amazing.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ariluvshorses on July 31, 2007 08:46:54 AM
WOW thats such a good idea.
It would make a good purse too.
Great job.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on July 31, 2007 09:07:47 AM
Barbalot:
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Looooooove the fabric!  Nice job on the sewing too... especially since you're a beginner!

Thanks Barbalot!  I appreciate your taking the time to make a comment!!
The fabric is a strange pheasant and abstract gun print.  The weirder, the better, I say.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on July 31, 2007 12:47:45 PM
The fabric is a strange pheasant and abstract gun print.  The weirder, the better, I say.
I agree!  Keep up the good work! ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Skrabadoo on July 31, 2007 01:01:23 PM
I am seriously addicted to these bags.  I use one almost every day.  I love them and everywhere I go people complement them.

Here is my latest which I gave to my sister


It is lined with beige broadcloth.
Thank you so much for the tutorial


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muzzymom86 on July 31, 2007 02:35:05 PM
I love them all.  I really like the blue polka-dots.  What size pocket are you guys using?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on July 31, 2007 03:47:25 PM
Your dotted bag is really.  I agree, making these bags is very addictive.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kblackwellpix on July 31, 2007 06:10:18 PM
here is my version. the tute was kinda hard for me to follow and somewhere along the way i got really turned around but it turned out a bag that is functional so i guess it all worked out... thanks for the tute tho.



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on July 31, 2007 06:59:31 PM
I just love all of the different fabrics that people have used to make these. I bought some fabric for them...but I don't know what I did with it...I really must find it!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: roxybadoxy on July 31, 2007 09:17:29 PM
goodness i have really been loving these purses!! i need to make a million!! they are just too cute.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: erinski on July 31, 2007 09:19:20 PM
The tutorial was great. Thanks.

The colors are a little off on my photos, but i couldnt wait until morning!

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa147/erinmarkan/6.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa147/erinmarkan/5.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa147/erinmarkan/4.jpg


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on July 31, 2007 10:13:17 PM
SHHEEESSHHH -- I love that pocket detailing!  Nice.

I need to get busy and make myself ~20 of these bags.  Stash-bust and everything.  I went grocery shopping today and got about 50 of those plastic bags... of course, one bag had a single  bottle of dish soap in it, and another, a box of pasta.  Can't wait to make my own!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: twoarchys on August 01, 2007 08:12:24 AM
I had to use two different pieces, as I am trying to use up the odds and ends of my stash:

Wobblerat, that was what I was thinking. It seems like these could be made with separate pieces all around to use up smaller bits. Instead of putting the pattern on the fold, cut extra pieces (four for the outside and four for the inside). A little extra sewing, but a good way to use up smallish pieces. Was there anything different about the construction using the pieced bits?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gilliam0128 on August 01, 2007 09:16:17 AM
I had a hard time with the tutorial when I made my first attempt.  I kinda even gave up a little.

Then last night I thought I'd give it one more shot because I really need the bags and I don't want to pay lots of $$$ for them because we have a family of 5 and that equals a bunch of bags every week. 

So anyway I slowed down for a sec and read the tut again and I will admit I had to make use of the ever reliable seam ripper a few times, but in the end it was a success!  I am so excited.  (probably more than I should be.)

My neice is out of town with my camera, but as soon as she gets back I plan to post the pics.  I just couldn't wait to celebrate FINALLY getting it.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: wobblerat on August 01, 2007 10:41:22 AM
I had to use two different pieces, as I am trying to use up the odds and ends of my stash:

Wobblerat, that was what I was thinking. It seems like these could be made with separate pieces all around to use up smaller bits. Instead of putting the pattern on the fold, cut extra pieces (four for the outside and four for the inside). A little extra sewing, but a good way to use up smallish pieces. Was there anything different about the construction using the pieced bits?


I still put the pattern on the fold, and cut two of the outside, and one each of the lining for 4 pieces total.  If I understand correctly, if you didn't lay it on the fold you would have 4 pieces for the outside and 4 for the lining.  With that layout you would have a seam down the front and back of your bag with a different color on either side.  You would also have two different pieces for each gusset.

If I were to make a bag with 4 different fabrics for the outside and 4 for the inside, I would manipulate the pattern so the front and the back of the bag were one solid piece, and each gusset were one solid piece.  Don't forget seam allowances (I always do!) ;)

From there the construction of the bag would be similar, but not quite the same since the original pattern calls for the gussets to be half pieces instead of whole.  I'm sure it could be done, but would take some finessing.  I would have to make one to tell you exactly how to do it. 

It's a great idea, and I have lots of scraps that would work.  When I get a chance I think I'll make one.  Thanks for the idea!  :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Skrabadoo on August 01, 2007 05:08:21 PM
I'm so sorry, I simply can't stop making these bags.  

This one is made from two sheets I found at Value Village.  
My guess is that the blue sheet is older than me.  ;)
It is lined in a white sheet.



A friend of mine lent me 6 books to read (they were in a plastic bag! gasp!) so I returned them in this bag.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on August 01, 2007 05:48:39 PM
A friend of mine lent me 6 books to read (they were in a plastic bag! gasp!) so I returned them in this bag.

What a great way to spread the word!

And now, as I get tired of my old sheets, I may just have to do the same thing...think how many bags I could make from a set of queen sheets!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on August 02, 2007 07:27:56 AM
Love your fabric Skrabadoo! And yes I've made more! *hangs head in shame* hehe!

Decided my mam needed another one cos she has too much shopping for one bag (i know the colour combination is slightly odd but she picked it!)


Next one is for my best friend's mam cos she was admiring mine - inside and outside made out of different parts of same sheet i had left after making a dress, its a nicer green than it looks in these pics


And this one is for my best friends birthday (not only saving carrier bags but gift bags too  :D) and made out of curtains - think its my new favourite!


Also in the middle of another one for me! Sorry for the millions of pictures!

xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: CreativeGenes on August 02, 2007 07:50:46 AM
Queenofdiy, It looks like your tut was very inspirational.
Here are my bags, four so far.

Two full size, one medium, and a mini!
Again, thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial!
Jody


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muzzymom86 on August 02, 2007 08:04:00 AM
Please don't appologize for too many pictures.  I love them all.  These fabrics are great.  If only I did not have to work or clean my house....I could make these all day!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: olive415 on August 02, 2007 04:56:59 PM
I'm a total novice sew, but I loved this idea, so here are my bags. I didn't do the gusset b/c I like my bags wide. Thank you for the great tutorial!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: alkali-feldspar on August 02, 2007 05:18:58 PM
These are brilliant, both the original and all of the incarnations!

I've got a quick question, however. I'd love to make a couple of these I can carry on my shoulder and as I've never actually sewn before, I have to ask what I'd need to do to lengthen the straps a bit... I've got a long bus ride from grocery store back to apartment.

I really am such a newbie. ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Bigmouth on August 02, 2007 06:28:53 PM
These are brilliant, both the original and all of the incarnations!

I've got a quick question, however. I'd love to make a couple of these I can carry on my shoulder and as I've never actually sewn before, I have to ask what I'd need to do to lengthen the straps a bit... I've got a long bus ride from grocery store back to apartment.

I really am such a newbie. ;)
I don't have advice on how to go about lengthening the straps, because I've done so little sewing.  However, I've carried a lot of bags (:)), and I'd recommend that you make different handle lengths when you figure it out.  That way, you could have one hang lower than another so they can sort of fit together when you carry two on one shoulder.  (Does that even make any sense?  I can see it in my head, but I'm not sure whether I'm expressing it clearly.)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: alkali-feldspar on August 02, 2007 07:53:57 PM
I don't have advice on how to go about lengthening the straps, because I've done so little sewing.  However, I've carried a lot of bags (:)), and I'd recommend that you make different handle lengths when you figure it out.  That way, you could have one hang lower than another so they can sort of fit together when you carry two on one shoulder.  (Does that even make any sense?  I can see it in my head, but I'm not sure whether I'm expressing it clearly.)

I had to read it twice, but I get it! And that's a fantastic idea, thanks! :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Bond Girl on August 03, 2007 12:54:18 AM
I just found this thread through the Craftzine blog (don't know how I missed seeing it here first, I guess I haven't ventured into the Bag section for a while!).  I think this is a great looking bag - should be good fo shopping and just about anything else too!  So thanks so much for the tute and everyone else's bags look great too, thanks for the inspiration!

Just one question (sorry if it's been asked, I didn't quite make it through all 23 pages): Do you need to make it out of very strong material?  Do you think if I just used a cotton drill I should interface it?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on August 03, 2007 02:29:10 AM
Hey!!!  Great to see all these fantabulous looking bags.  I didn't think this thread would turn out so big. 

I know that alot of you have had comments from people about your spectacular looking bags.  If any of you want to sell them - go for it!!!  Just don't sell the "pattern" cuz it's FREE!!!  Right here on Craftster.  I have had a few PMs asking if they could sell the bags - so the general answer is YESSSSSSS!!! 

Just one question (sorry if it's been asked, I didn't quite make it through all 23 pages): Do you need to make it out of very strong material?  Do you think if I just used a cotton drill I should interface it?

Hey Bond Girl - great to see you 'round again - and another fellow Aussie (I'm from Sydney - but don't hold that against me  :D )

To answer your question (as Americans apparently don't know what drill is - they must call it something else) - yes and no.  If you really wanted to use drill you could but if it was a toss up between drill and a cheapo cotton fabric, I would go with the cheapo cotton fabric.  I just used a cotton - probably a quilting cotton or homespun cotton weight fabric.  For the lining I used poplin.  It really holds up quite well without it feeling flimsy or the fear of the fabric tearing.  Obviously the bag doesn't stand up on its own but I think it would get too bulky if you used interfacing - particularly with the french seam at the bottom.  So, save the extra cost on the interfacing and spend it on some funky fabric instead.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gilliam0128 on August 03, 2007 09:14:56 AM
These are brilliant, both the original and all of the incarnations!

I've got a quick question, however. I'd love to make a couple of these I can carry on my shoulder and as I've never actually sewn before, I have to ask what I'd need to do to lengthen the straps a bit... I've got a long bus ride from grocery store back to apartment.

I really am such a newbie. ;)

To lengthen the straps all you need to do is rather than cutting across the top of the strap where the pattern ends, go up a little higher ( as long as you want) and cut there instead.  Is that as clear in words as it is in my head?  I hope so.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on August 03, 2007 09:24:39 AM
I have had a few PMs asking if they could sell the bags - so the general answer is YESSSSSSS!!! 

Queenofdiy, you're the Best!!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zylo on August 03, 2007 09:39:15 AM
This is exactly what I was waiting for to make my own bags. Thank you so much for the idea!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: alkali-feldspar on August 03, 2007 11:46:07 AM
You're fantastic, everyone! Thanks for being so incredibly helpful. :) My last experience with sewing was maybe 15 years ago when I used to get a scrap of my Mom's fabric and hand-sew little shapes into it. So you can see I need all of the help I can get. ;)

I'm off to buy fabric--so excited! I've tried to read as many of this topic's posts as I can, but in case I missed it...what's a good estimate for how many yards I need for each bag? I'll likely buy a canvas dropcloth for my linings, but for the outer fabric itself?

I can't wait for the day when I've done so many projects that I have leftover scraps to work with. :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: athenaknits? on August 04, 2007 01:45:00 PM
Thank you so much for the tute!  I made my first one today, in about 2 hours, including cutting time.  I took it on a test run right away and it fit 3 cans of beans, a big can of tomatoes, an onion, a bag of corn, refridgerator biscuts, and a pack of empanada wrappers.  It weighed a lot but the handles were very comfy on my hands and at no point did the bag threaten to split.

I see many many more of these in my future, especially at gifts for people.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: PrimAtHeart on August 04, 2007 02:10:30 PM
Perfect step by step instructions!! Thank you so much for the time you spent doing this!! I am going to try and make this bag!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SewYaya on August 04, 2007 04:34:24 PM
Awesome tutorial! Thank you!

SewYaya


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: squidget on August 05, 2007 12:09:26 PM
I made a few! My first one turned out kinda wonky, but I'm improving as I make more....


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on August 05, 2007 12:10:33 PM
I love that pink and green fabric.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Khiori on August 05, 2007 12:52:47 PM
*tackle hugs Queenofdiy*  You're awesome!!! Thank you SO much for this tutorial.  I made one of these yesterday with some fabric I've been hanging on to for about a year now and it turned out beautifully.  SO easy to make!  Using my own bags instead of the store ones is on my "101 Things to get done in 1001 days" list.  I figure I should make myself another 4 or 5 before I'm finished.  It was so easy, it shouldn't take me too long before I'm off and running in the "None please, use my bags" catagory.  *happy dance*


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on August 05, 2007 02:25:04 PM
I've decided that I am going to use these bags as my "wrapping paper/gift bags" for all the Christmas gifts this year (which are 90% handmade by me).  I have 8 and a half cut out (all I have been doing during my toddlers nap time over the past 2 days), only 9 and a half more to cut out.
Thanks for the tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on August 05, 2007 03:41:42 PM
I've decided that I am going to use these bags as my "wrapping paper/gift bags" for all the Christmas gifts this year (which are 90% handmade by me).  I have 8 and a half cut out (all I have been doing during my toddlers nap time over the past 2 days), only 9 and a half more to cut out.
Thanks for the tutorial!

Now that is a great idea.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on August 05, 2007 04:27:46 PM
I've decided that I am going to use these bags as my "wrapping paper/gift bags" for all the Christmas gifts this year

Now that is a great idea.

Ditto that.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: athenaknits? on August 05, 2007 08:17:24 PM
yeah I think that's a great idea, I'm actually thinking about those being the christmas presents and just customizing them especially for each person that I make one (or two or three) for.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: littlemee on August 06, 2007 04:27:13 AM
Amazing! love it love it love it

;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on August 06, 2007 05:38:40 AM
QueenOfDIY, this is a very good tutorial. super. I had to try to memorize it, because the library computer wouldn't print the tutorial, only the comments after. sigh, but tis ok! because i figured it out, only had one or two fits of bad language and made a nifty ladybug shopping bag of which i will post pics tomorrow.

 lots of people have already said they are going to use them for christmas wrapping, i'm gonna make a set of them in a theme for my sister, these are right up her street.



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on August 07, 2007 11:14:06 AM
so here is mine!



mine doesn't quite fold up into the pocket, i dunno if it's because i didn't trim the seam allowances enough, or if it's just because of the fabric choice. but that's ok, i fold it and roll it into a jelly roll and use a hair elastic to keep it neat.

i even tried it out at stop and shop the other night. i also used another one that isn't nearly as nice looking as this. the bagger put almost everything into the ugly one. i find that they do that. either don't put anything in it because they don't want to wreck it, or the cram them so full of stuff the tomatoes end up beneath the canned peas or the angel food cake is flattened into a real short cake.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: wobblerat on August 08, 2007 07:54:24 PM
kmsmaverick,
Your bag turned out so cute!  :-* I love that fabric.  Where did you get it?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on August 09, 2007 05:27:28 AM
oh thanks! i'm glad you like it. This is a really fun useful project, that i don;t doubt there will be lots of people with them soon!

the ladybugs came from the Fabric Place, it's a relatively small chain of well stocked, and long running stores. it's a bit pricier than joann's or walmart, so i have ot be a bit juditious when i shop there. but they have really good fabric. i got dragon fly material in the sam sort of illustration style, but it's bright teal and green. i've misplaced the lining fabric thoguh, so no bag out of it yet. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Cribquilter on August 09, 2007 10:49:00 PM
I wanted to say thank you QueenofDIY for this fabulous tutorial.  I made a bag then enlisted my 5 children to make one (all by themselves) as well.  While I was watching my 10 year old son make his he had an idea I would like to share with everyone here.  My son is learning all about the enviroment (this was a GREAT way to get that started) and he was looking at the left over "neck" piece or the top middle piece that is placed on the foldand cut out.  He thought that if we made change purses out of those we would be saving those pieces from being thrown away.  so we made little zippered pouches out of that piece.  I wanted to share so others can maybe "waste not" as well :)

Have a blessed day


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kity on August 10, 2007 04:05:50 AM
Funny, I just used that little neck area for the pocket, sewing up three sides and turning instead of just one long strip. Great idea, any extra goes in my scrap pile though :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: alanjen4ever on August 10, 2007 06:07:16 AM
That is very clever. Great job


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: miasu on August 10, 2007 09:32:39 PM
I made one as well! It turned out beautiful. I gave it to my mom, but she has yet to use it. Actually. I think she lost it.. She was real adamant about reusable bags and stuff, so I thought, perfect! I'll make her one. But she won't use it at the grocery store-- I think she's embarrassed  :-[ She says she'll use it at the farmer's market though, where everyone uses reusable grocery bags. That is, if she hasn't lost it...

I sort of want to tell her that it's not about being ashamed, it's about saving the environment. But she's not the woman to be telling that to.

Ah well. What can I do? I love it. I'm making my lunch bag out of it. And when I become a mother, I'll make hoards of them, and one to carry them all in to go shopping! Thank you soso much for the tutorial, it is much appreciated!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on August 10, 2007 09:53:38 PM
But she won't use it at the grocery store-- I think she's embarrassed  :-[ She says she'll use it at the farmer's market though, where everyone uses reusable grocery bags. That is, if she hasn't lost it...

I sort of want to tell her that it's not about being ashamed, it's about saving the environment. But she's not the woman to be telling that to.


My mom said she wanted one, too. But, she doesn't do much of the shopping, and I don't think my step-dad would use it. But, I could be surprised...Maybe if I make it in a neutral, "manly" fabric he'll be more inclined to use it...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: miasu on August 10, 2007 10:39:49 PM
Quote
My mom said she wanted one, too. But, she doesn't do much of the shopping, and I don't think my step-dad would use it. But, I could be surprised...Maybe if I make it in a neutral, "manly" fabric he'll be more inclined to use it...

Haha, manly fabric. I actually was looking at "Sexy Policemen/Firemen/Construction Workers" fabric by Alexander Henry today that I would love to use for my lunch bag (I'd make the "little" grocery bag).


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on August 11, 2007 02:23:26 AM
I made one for my mam then when we went out together she got her shopping in a plastic bag and then put it into the fabric bag! I was not amused! But now she behaves and we hardly use any plastic bags at all between us :D
xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: athenaknits? on August 11, 2007 05:55:36 AM
I doubt I'll have that issue with my mom, being the old hippie that she is.  At leastI hope I won't.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: miasu on August 13, 2007 06:21:41 PM
lol i had thought so too, I mean she had wanted to sleep in a cardboard box with me to save the children of Africa (Uganda, specifically, and their 21 year war. I went, she couldn't make it because my sister was sick)!! But, she also said she enjoyed dissecting frogs ALIVE in school when she was younger, and feels no remorse.

Ah well, it's still really fun to make them!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cyneburh on August 14, 2007 09:53:54 AM
Thanks for the tutorial! This was great!

I just made two bags using only stash fabric. I keep being given extra fabrics from older ladies who want to get rid of some stash so I have larger pieces of fabric that dont' go with much else for a quilt. This project is perfect!

My bags ended up a little short in the length and handles but that was because I decided to make two shorter bags that completely used the fabric instead of 1 longer bag that left fabric unused at the end.  A good trade off imho.

I especially like how easy it is to stop between steps when preschoolers and toddlers need attention.

My camera battery is charging but I'll try to get pictures up.

Thank you again!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on August 16, 2007 06:40:53 AM
I was gonna say this is my last one, I promise... but I've just said I'll make a couple more for my friends mam! Gonna be double figues soon!  ::)
This one's for me - had this material for years but couldn't think what to make with it cos its a weird fabric - its my new favourite  ;D

xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dragonslair on August 16, 2007 08:46:39 AM
My mother loves them.... now I just have to make her a whole lot of them


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rollagasper on August 16, 2007 07:53:57 PM
OMG this is so clever! I will definitely make one!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on August 17, 2007 04:27:20 AM
So here's what I was doing last night  ::)  :D


First one for my friend's mam, next one i make is gonna have a wipe clean tablecloth inside for frozen stuff :)

xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on August 17, 2007 12:05:42 PM
ooh, that's a good idea...i have a vinyl tablecloth sitting like 4 feet away from me, calling out for me to cut it up and use it! maybe i'll actually get around to making my second one now!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Mono on August 19, 2007 04:25:42 AM
Here's mine! I've had this stupid fabric laying around for a while, without knowing what to do with it. This is kind of a beta version - I will change some details for my next one but my boyfriend liked it.  :-*

http://i10.tinypic.com/4vow77t.jpg (I'm too new, they won't let me post a picture yet)

My computer wasn't on so I didn't follow the tutorial, but I was definitely inspired.

By the way, I love this forum! :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hyerac on August 19, 2007 08:51:10 AM
COOOOOL fabric!  And welcome!   :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: AngiR on August 19, 2007 10:27:47 AM
I also like this pattern a lot. I made on yesterday, and I'm a novice sewer.
The way the handles are done is pure genius! I love it.
I do think the next one I make is going to have a slightly longer handle. It was probably the bag I was using as a pattern. Or my lack of cutting skills.

So here it is:



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jamiewatchthestars on August 19, 2007 10:40:52 AM
i finally got around to making this.....


a word of advice to everyone... i don't reccomend using any sort of canvas or embroidered fabric.  the pocket ends up being almost as big as the bag itself.

anyhow, i think i'll give this another shot with some plain calicos, that way i can actually  use it to keep inside my purse.

great tute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sansa on August 19, 2007 02:41:09 PM
I wanted to say thank you QueenofDIY for this fabulous tutorial.  I made a bag then enlisted my 5 children to make one (all by themselves) as well.  While I was watching my 10 year old son make his he had an idea I would like to share with everyone here.  My son is learning all about the enviroment (this was a GREAT way to get that started) and he was looking at the left over "neck" piece or the top middle piece that is placed on the foldand cut out.  He thought that if we made change purses out of those we would be saving those pieces from being thrown away.  so we made little zippered pouches out of that piece.  I wanted to share so others can maybe "waste not" as well :)

Have a blessed day

I have made two of these. I might get around to pics one day as well. Having read your sons suggestion, I skipped the pocket and made a zippered pouch to keep it in instead. It is just the right size, all the pieces are already cut etc.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: educo on August 19, 2007 04:34:38 PM
This is so amazing, the tut is wonderful and the subsequent bags after are each an unique work of art.  I'm making one tomorrow night!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: zombiesare on August 19, 2007 05:28:04 PM
oh man! this was so fabulously simple! i loved it! i whipped up 2 in less than 3 hours this afternoon...while i was hungover!  :D
the first one i didn't make the pocket cause the outside material is rather bulky.




and the 2nd one. the inside material for this one is actually scrap from a duvet cover i recently bought from ikea...i bought a size too big and then silly me i chucked the receipt. so i had to alter the duvet cover myself, but it left me with a pile of matching fabric! :D




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: honey pudding on August 19, 2007 09:49:25 PM
Once I saw this tutorial, I immediately fell in love with the idea.

So I tried out...

Here's mine
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r157/wendygkh/sewing%20projects/IMG_0194.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r157/wendygkh/sewing%20projects/IMG_0196.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r157/wendygkh/sewing%20projects/IMG_0197.jpg


Thank you for looking and for such a great project.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on August 20, 2007 05:17:17 AM
Beautiful materials zombie and honey! Love the first swirly one - reminds me of spirographs! (are they called that in america?)  ???
xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hyerac on August 20, 2007 05:34:01 AM
honey pudding... how many cereal boxes are in there???  Nice job!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: zombiesare on August 20, 2007 02:48:52 PM
i tested out one of my bags today! 6 cans of campbells soup, a big can of chick peas, and a hugenormous jr of peanut butter and it felt so sturdy and strong! yipee!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: fizzgiggly on August 20, 2007 06:43:59 PM
Thanks for the tutorial!  I learned that I have to be a much more careful reader, but after many ripped seams here's what I came up with:

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x256/houseofabbie/veggiebag.jpg (http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x256/houseofabbie/veggiebag.jpg)

~giggly



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on August 20, 2007 07:08:51 PM
fizzgiggly- I love that fabric! Nicely done!

I will have to keep my eyes peeled for cool fabrics to make some of these bags. I have some fabric already, but I've seen so many cool prints on here that I just may need to go searching for some more.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: honey pudding on August 20, 2007 08:19:09 PM
I have 3 boxes of cereal inside the bag.
There is still quite a lot of room for other things.

Will make more of it for Wedesday grocery shopping!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Alli_Lucy on August 21, 2007 06:21:13 AM
Cute and environmentally friendly - what a great craft!  Thanks for the tutorial; I might make these for stocking stuffers this year.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muzzymom86 on August 21, 2007 09:23:16 AM
Fizzgiggly that is great fabric.  So cool to grocery shop with.  I made another one, but have to take a picture of it.  It now holds my current crochet project. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: OnePinkHippo on August 21, 2007 05:55:08 PM
This is such an awesome tutorial, and this bag is SO AWESOME.  ;D I love that it's so roomy and is so much stronger than plastic bags.

Here are mine:

(Sorry for the bad pic quality - the lighting was bad.)

The pink one is for my mother, and the green one is mine.
Thank you so much queenofdiy!  :) I'm going to make one for my two grandmothers and my boyfriend's mother for Christmas.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ZahraDesigns on August 27, 2007 04:08:51 PM
Not to mention the fact that it's so much prettier than a shopping bag!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cute_anarchy on August 27, 2007 04:26:18 PM
Cute and environmentally friendly..... I might make these for stocking stuffers this year.

I am totally thinking this too!!!  It is so perfect for everybody I need gifts for.  So funny, I was seriously just this weekend talking with eirle and she's planning them for holiday gifts too!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pinkanddinky on August 27, 2007 07:55:25 PM
I have made two for Christmas gifts so far!! Thanks so much for the tutorial.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on August 28, 2007 06:56:33 PM
I finally make mine today.  It takes me little more than 5 hours.  If I didn't make so many mistakes, I think I would finish in 3 hours.  The problem I have is the handle.  Except that, it turns pretty good, but not perfect. 

I can't wait to make another one, but next time, I won't use any thick fabric like this time, it is too bulky to put in the pocket.

I will post the pics tomorrow.

Thanks for the tutorial.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on August 30, 2007 05:44:52 PM
okay, i have something to add to the tutorial: an alternate way to do the handles. queenofdiy, if you want to add the images to the first post, feel free!

a much easier way to do the handles, is to sew them as you would sew the lining into a jordy-style purse. after sewing the U-shape and the outsides of the handles, turn one finished side of the bag right-side-out.

**NOTE** you'll want to do the pocket BEFORE this step. trust me.

lay out the inside-out piece, and slide the right-side-out piece into it, so that the handles of the RSO piece are inside the handles of the WSO piece. like this, but all the way:



pull them around until they line up pretty well at the top:



then put that whole shebang around the arm of your sewing machine, like so:



and sew all the way around, just like you would the top edge of a purse. now sew the second handle, just the same, making sure to sort of line up the stitches so the handles will be the same height.

don't turn it RSO yet! you can actually now sew down the sides, as you're already ready for the step that starts out "Now put the two main pieces together and the two lining pieces together..." you just have to pull the sides apart like shown in this image (which i posted somewhere earlier in the topic too...



hope that helps y'all out! ^_^


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on August 30, 2007 07:16:42 PM
thank you, I will try your way to do the handle.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: straw_holder on August 31, 2007 09:32:32 AM
Just wanted to thank you again for this amazing tutorial.  Your pictures are fantastic, and although I suppose I'm in the minority here, I had no issues with the handles at all.  My bag took about an hour to make, and turned out very cute.  I'll post pics eventually...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on August 31, 2007 03:44:12 PM
Finally I upload the pics to my computer.

Here you go:





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on August 31, 2007 04:14:45 PM
WOW -- LOVE that fabric, Namethatcandy!  Your bag turned out really nice.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on August 31, 2007 05:13:58 PM
thank you.

I love the fabric too, I got it clearance $5.95 per yarn, regular was $19.95.

 ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Saddie on September 01, 2007 03:31:18 PM
Thank you Queenofdiy for your great tutorial!

this is our first time posting a craft in this forum! ... and here is our version of the shopping bag.

It took us a little bit to make it but we are sooo proud of our first bag!

We could not make the front pocket the way it was supposed to be because the main fabric we used was too thick to let the bag being folded the right way.

We thought that a front pocket would have been a nice extra anyways...

...and here you can find some pictures:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1319/1297536098_44a7f73f6b_m.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1266/1296676491_458ff900bf_m.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1398/1297584134_c09e915c63_m.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1287/1297555344_4ed844510a_m.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1216/1297551642_7e07636142_m.jpg

We showed it to some friends, they liked it, and everybody asked us to make some for them to use as cool bags to wear and not as shopping bags!!!

... hope you like our creation!!!  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on September 01, 2007 06:06:56 PM
Very cute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on September 02, 2007 11:50:03 AM
This is brilliant! It blowed my mind.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on September 02, 2007 04:29:03 PM
My latest one - I think this brings the total up to 10!  :o no plans to make any more for a while though...

Not sure if the fabric shows up and don't know the technical term but it's upholstery material - raised up flowers


And the inside used to be a quilt cover :)
xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on September 03, 2007 09:19:44 AM
KatyBoo - that´s a beautiful fabric! And, wow, 10! It´s good that you´ll never ever need plastic bags. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on September 04, 2007 12:53:28 PM
Thanks Ronise :) and I've only managed to keep 3 bags for myself - the rest were comissions for other people! Nevver mind, I don't think I'll need more than 3 at any one time!
xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: maryanns66 on September 04, 2007 04:16:27 PM
WHew! I've just read 29 pages about this neat bag. First what a wonderful tutorial QueenOfDiy! Thank You. Second, I loved looking at everyone's finished projects. Can't pick a favorite, because they're all awesome for sure!
I have tons of fabric that I was about to donate to Habitat for Humanity store in my town, and still may smaller pieces. But now thanks to you all, I have a new found project I can do with my 83 year old mother.

I was wondering if any one has made any bags using quilted fabric for the outside of the bag? If someone has and I missed the post, I apologize. I have quilted fabric in my stash and thought  it might be neat to try.

Anyway, thanks again for the tutorial and all the neat  eye candy.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ms.cate on September 04, 2007 05:22:50 PM
Just out of curiousity, how much would such bags sell for? I've been making some and would like to sell some and donate the proceeds to Lort Smith Animal Hospital...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Cribquilter on September 05, 2007 10:39:47 AM
"I was wondering if any one has made any bags using quilted fabric for the outside of the bag? If someone has and I missed the post, I apologize. I have quilted fabric in my stash and thought  it might be neat to try."

I have made two using a basic block pattern and one  using the yellow brick road pattern.  The first one I made I LOVE.  I lined it with nylon and it is my "frozen food" bag.  The block sizes were 4.5" unsewn and I did 6 across and 5 down (if memory serves me well)I gave away the second one, but she LOVES it. It was 3.5 inch blocks 4 across and 3 down and I added a solid color bottom and handles.  and my third one that was the yellow brick road I did not like to well and it is just sitting around.  It was not because it turned out ugly or anything it was because I changed the pattern of the actual bag and messed it up.  so it looks weird.

I do not have a way of posting pictures but they do come out nice, and they are able to be a bit bigger than just one fabric bag that only has 22" to be in length.  My camera is dead and the batteries are missing LOL. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Cribquilter on September 05, 2007 10:42:46 AM
I wanted to also let everyone know that you do not have to do a pocket.  I learned how to fold the bag where I could tuck it in and it would look like it was in a pocket.

FOld the bag in thirds.  Bring down the handles to where the opening is at the very top of your fold.  Bring the bottom up and tuck it into that opening with the handles on the inside of that fold.  It takes a bit to get used to tucking it in and there are wrinkles.  But it is easy to do and uses less fabric and reduces the amount of time you have to sew.  I wish I had a camera to show you exactly how to do it.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: KatyBoo on September 05, 2007 12:23:38 PM
I wanted to also let everyone know that you do not have to do a pocket.  I learned how to fold the bag where I could tuck it in and it would look like it was in a pocket.

Ooh thanks for this - I couldn't get the hang of making the pockets so hopefully this'll make the bags neater to lug around! ta  :D
xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mkmb129 on September 10, 2007 06:51:18 AM
Awesome tutorial!  I finally tried it, and I'm so pleased!  Thanks!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cute_anarchy on September 10, 2007 09:17:27 AM
I have made a few of these bags, and I have three more started!  I really enjoy making them, and I've been making an effort to remember to take them shopping (though I can't seem to get them to fold small enough fit in my purse). Also, I really recommend Hellga's trick for doing the handles (pg. 28) it works great!  In the interest of recycling and reusing, I am going to try to use fabric from thrift stores and things I already have.  So next up, I am making some from a Care Bear top sheet I found.  :D

First one from a pillowcase and some old scraps:



Second one (bigger bag size) from a dollar store pillowcase and some leftover fabric:



Thanks for the awesome tutorial, queenofdiy!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: green r my tear$ on September 11, 2007 10:33:05 AM
*i have finally got around to making the shopping bags*  *i daughter wants me to make a bigger bag like this* *target has a bigger plastic bag that i can use as my temple*  *i made a different bag which is bigger as well*



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: italianchildhood on September 11, 2007 10:36:14 AM
These are really pretty--I love them!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: green r my tear$ on September 11, 2007 11:10:14 AM
*thanks so much*

These are really pretty--I love them!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on September 11, 2007 01:23:24 PM
I just made another bag today, this time I made the handle longer, so it can be a shoulder shopping bag.

And this time I left the opening of the handle more than 2 1/2 inches, I think I left like 4 inches.  It does make a big difference. It is so much easier to do the handles.

I will post the pics later.

I am going to make one more.  I get some very cute fabrics from Ikea, can't wait to make it.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Stormen on September 11, 2007 02:18:38 PM
This is so clever. I'll probably have to make one.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: aylascrazymom on September 11, 2007 05:23:32 PM
THANK YOU!! I have been wanting to make these for a long time and was planning on making more complicated ones, but I like this one much better.  Quick, easy, portable and excellent gifts!

Thanks for the tutes!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: green r my tear$ on September 11, 2007 09:06:43 PM
*really like the ones i made*  *i rushed to make them because i had to go grocery shopping*  *i used the 2 i made and 2 i bought from the store, but had to use a paper bag because i did not have another bag*  *next time i am ready as i have 2 larger bags, 2 singlet bags, and 2 store bought bags*  *i really like going  GREEN!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dolfy on September 11, 2007 11:36:11 PM
i made this small singlet bag and the straps could be changed to different way of holding





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on September 11, 2007 11:57:38 PM
i made this small singlet bag and the straps could be changed to different way of holding


how well do the snaps hold up to a heavy load?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Samsara on September 12, 2007 12:31:04 AM
That's just what I was going to ask!  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on September 12, 2007 12:38:47 AM
great minds etc ....  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on September 12, 2007 05:28:06 AM
*next time i am ready as i have 2 larger bags, 2 singlet bags, and 2 store bought bags*  *i really like going  GREEN!!

i like this as a small beginner step for recycling- it's not easy to recycle- sometimes it can be a real pain in the arse. but this is so easy, and fun too- the checkout girls love my bags, and already i have cut down my plastic bag consumption. god- and have you noticed that the baggers are feeling pressure from management to make sure the bags aren't too heavy? before i made my singlets, i could leave hannaford's with 7 bags containing only 10 products. it makes me feel land-fill guilty even now!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on September 12, 2007 05:58:33 AM
i made this small singlet bag and the straps could be changed to different way of holding


how well do the snaps hold up to a heavy load?

I was going to ask this, also.  I wonder if a button/buttonhole or heavy-duty velcro would hold up well?  I think the concept of making handles this way is a great one!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dolfy on September 12, 2007 06:20:04 PM
i used the studs buttons and this bag basically used it to put my wallet, mobile phone, and anything else, hope i answer your question  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: aylascrazymom on September 12, 2007 09:00:12 PM
Here is my bag I made it using an Office Depot bag and made the handles 2" longer

http://i13.tinypic.com/53gphxe.jpg
The Bag

http://i1.tinypic.com/303cxhv.jpg
The Bag full

http://i2.tinypic.com/537ce41.jpg
The Bag's contents when full

http://i3.tinypic.com/6gn0fm9.jpg
The Bag folded into itself.

I didn't put a pocket on it because I ran out of the cat fabric. This was fairly easy to do and it' really easy to follow the tutorial if you look at it while you are sewing.  Now off to make more!  I'm so excited and can't wait to use these instead of my Whole Foods bulky green ones...

Thank you Queen!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on September 12, 2007 09:15:40 PM
I love the fabric you chose.  Cats and purple a good combination.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: aylascrazymom on September 13, 2007 10:47:24 AM
Thanks Bronzfrog!  It's my favorite color and ya gotta love cats!  I'm working on another one now....


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on September 14, 2007 02:56:48 PM
Finally, I took the pics of my shopping bags.  I made the holders longer, so it becomes a shoulder shopping totes.














Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: OnePinkHippo on September 14, 2007 03:08:31 PM
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the hippo fabric!  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hyerac on September 14, 2007 03:40:57 PM
Finally, I took the pics of my shopping bags.  I made the holders longer, so it becomes a shoulder shopping totes.

Those are AWESOME!  Did you use a bigger-than-standard bag size too, or just lengthen the straps?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: aylascrazymom on September 14, 2007 03:50:20 PM
Those bags are so cool!  Humongous, I'd also like to know what bag you used if possible, or if you made up your pattern.  would be a very handy bag to have around  Great job!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on September 14, 2007 04:49:54 PM
tres chic! you gotta love Ikea for funky fabric  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: threehang on September 14, 2007 07:09:26 PM
Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial! At first, I wasn't interested in making it because I'm not the grocery shopper in my house (my dad is) but after seeing other people's bags too, I realized they make cute totes in general!

So here it is! I used a Target bag, but cut an extra three inches off the bottom and added a couple inches to the straps...It didn't really have the effect I thought it would. Next time I do this I'll make it a lot longer. The fabric I bought at Joann on clearance for $2. And the black was just crappy fabric from Wal-mart I had lying around.







Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on September 14, 2007 08:03:51 PM
I used Target Shopping Bag, coz it is a good size, very big and roomy.  And the straps, I think I double the Target shopping bag handle.

tres chic! you gotta love Ikea for funky fabric  ;D

Yeah!!  Love Ikea Fabrics, funky and good price.  My hubby got the Hippo fabrics like 3 yarns for $8.  The other one is in clearance, like $2 a yarn.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: WIPs on September 14, 2007 11:44:58 PM
Cute!

Love the hippo fabric!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on September 15, 2007 04:47:36 AM
What kind of fabrics are you guys using to make these?  The more I think about these the more I want to make them - do you use canvas or denim or just regular cotton?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on September 15, 2007 05:25:31 AM
I used regular fabric from WalMart.  One I made from old sheets. 

Using old sheets for Trash to Treasure swap.



Fabric from Walmart for Once you Pop You can't Stop swap.



I use this one to take my pop, snacks and such to work.



I am planning on making trick-or-treat bags like this too.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on September 15, 2007 06:08:00 AM
What kind of fabrics are you guys using to make these?  The more I think about these the more I want to make them - do you use canvas or denim or just regular cotton?

The hippo bag is just regular cotton fabrics (kind of thin), the other one is light canvas fabrics.

When you use regular fabrics, it is easier to fold in the pocket.  The canvas one is a little difficult to fold.  But I think the canvas hold the shape better and look better.  I love them in either fabrics.

nero_fiore, just sent you an personal message.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on September 15, 2007 06:30:28 AM
NameThatCandy -- awesome fabrics!  The hippos are to-die-for! :)

nero_fiore -- Awesome job on the bags!  And a trick-or-treat bag?? How great is THAT?  I may be borrowing that idea.....  We have a huge box in the the garage that houses 7 of those stupid plastic pumpkin buckets all year long.  It's in the way, takes up a ton of space.  Those little bags could be personalized for each child, then folded away in the linen closet the rest of the year!  Love it!!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on September 15, 2007 06:50:55 AM
My mother made my boys fabric trick or treat bags last year - they are loads better than the plastic pumpkins but the ones she made were soooooo big that they got heavy fast and the kids didn't like carrying them - so I told them as soon as they were too heavy - which was only about 1/8 full - we could go home.... which is always welcome - we just don't go through that much candy anyway!

So if you are doing trick or treat ones - warning on the size - little ones will drag those bags on the ground....... they get heavy fast..... but they are great!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on September 15, 2007 07:21:02 AM
Thanks for the tips, craftydeb... I wouldn't have thought of the bags getting too heavy.  Maybe I'll use a smaller bag as a pattern.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: straw_holder on September 15, 2007 08:19:08 AM
Here are some pics of the bag I made.  I omitted the pocket because it will always be in use.  I'm using it to hold my choir/ensemble music for church.  The black fabric is linen-like fabric, and the musical note fabric is just cotton.

Laying flat:


Inside:




Thanks again for the tute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on September 15, 2007 09:04:29 AM
NameThatCandy -- awesome fabrics!  The hippos are to-die-for! :)

Cute!

Love the hippo fabric!

Thanks!!  I love the hippo fabrics too.  It is cute and colorful!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ms.cate on September 16, 2007 04:46:46 PM
Love the sheet music fabric!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pixycraftypants on September 16, 2007 08:01:56 PM
this is my 2nd ever project and i did it twice, just in the wrong order:

1st attempt:

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f318/PIXYSTICKGIRL/P1010007.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f318/PIXYSTICKGIRL/P1010007.jpg)

I love the fabric, so I should have done it 2nd because i messed this one up a bit.  :p

2nd attempt:

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f318/PIXYSTICKGIRL/P1010002-1.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f318/PIXYSTICKGIRL/P1010002-1.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f318/PIXYSTICKGIRL/P1010003.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f318/PIXYSTICKGIRL/P1010003.jpg)

this fabric isn't too bad or anything and i fugured out what i did wrong, but it's not the purple, yellow and orange plaid.  :(


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on September 17, 2007 01:57:46 AM
I received one in the September Birthday Swap made by SEAMSHISTORIC and took it grocery shopping last night. Its great, fits plenty in and doesn't hurt your hands like a plastic bag does when there's a heavy load.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194654.msg2074412#msg2074412


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: acinomb on September 19, 2007 10:05:37 PM
This is an extraordinary idea! I am going to make one for myself . In fact I plan to make one for my mother's birthday, too.  Thank you!
I'm back when I'm done, bye-bye! ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: artery on September 20, 2007 01:46:21 AM
i was up late, and started surfing craftster... zomg.

this whole thread rocked my face. and i made a bag too!

note to self: when doing a french seam, really trim the excess. and trim it evenly. sigh.





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: brookeincraftland on September 21, 2007 06:13:21 AM
You truly are the the "Queen of DIY" :) I am new here and have seen 2 of your tutes. THanks so much. I am so happy right now. LOve them all!

BRooke


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: artery on September 22, 2007 01:30:02 AM



with a huge thing of bleach and vinegar inside... with lots more room...



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: silverfisch on September 22, 2007 11:36:29 AM
i had been wanting one for me since i first saw this post and finally today i did it! i don't know how on earth i manage to always find the thickest fabric... i need to try this with more colorful and thinner fabric!

i was too lazy too to try the pocket, and being the fabric so thick, it would end up so bulky i don't think it would fit in the pocket... so i did a separate bag and was too lazy too to line it :P

please don't laugh at my sewing skills and the greatness of my handles' finishings... it was the only way i came up with to keep in place the folded handles :-[ if someone can tell me how to do it in a neater way... btw, i discovered you can topstith the opening in the handles carelessly since when you fold them for the gusset, it will stay under and will not show

in the last picture it's holding 2 wine bottles, a box of cereal and a bag of chips (and almost a cat), and it did not hurt my hand as plastic bags do!!

i can't thank you enough for posting this tutorial :D :-*









Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: StrangeFruits on September 22, 2007 05:52:40 PM
I finally got around to posting this, I made the shopping bags but I cropped it and turned it into a purse..Enjoy..
P.s. Peaches is the nickname of the girl who gave me the nickname strangefruit and pickles..lol...
http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd318/StrangeFruitz/100_1548.jpg
Here's my little makeshift pocket
http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd318/StrangeFruitz/100_1547.jpg
http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd318/StrangeFruitz/100_1546.jpg
and here is one to show the size
http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd318/StrangeFruitz/100_1545.jpg


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: artery on September 23, 2007 12:27:15 AM





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: moodymojo on September 23, 2007 03:29:19 PM
how fun. make it a bit bigger than its a fun alternatice to a grocery bag.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Eowynt on September 25, 2007 10:01:23 AM
 :o
I have been having so much fun making these bags.  Here is my first:



It hasn't gone out shopping yet.  I have been using it to store my rags and wipes:



Gotta luv those froggies.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Eowynt on September 25, 2007 10:07:43 AM
 ;)  One was not enough, so I made another shopping bag:



This one hasn't been shopping yet, either.  I've been using it to store my quilting UFO's:



I just love this tute - but I'll confess the only parts that I followed were how to make the pattern and how to fold and sew the bottom.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: itgerpatty on September 26, 2007 02:18:21 AM
Wow,
you guys find the coolest fabric  ;D this is a little tougher here in Germany. So the next time you go shopping, give a little thanks to your "crafting gods" for your selection LOL  :D
Great bags, I think I'll try my hand on one tonight. We'll see how it goes, I am not the best at a sewing machine..... but you guys made such cute bags that I want one now too LOL


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on September 26, 2007 02:34:59 PM
SOMEbody SOMEwhere posted instructions how to fold bag into itself WITHOUT a pocket and it works like a dream!!
Sorry not give you credit but you rock anyway.
Saved me tons of time on my next bag!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Ashling on September 27, 2007 07:01:16 PM
Here's mine, I made the handles a little differently though, and it has a seperate zipper pouch.





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HalfBrit on October 01, 2007 09:35:03 AM
I made 2 of them yesterday, what a lovely tutorial that was to work with! 



I didn't have any inexpenisive fabric to make linings with so I had to use the good fabric, making these a bit pricey.  I'll get some muslin or something like that so I can keep the cost down in the future, but I must say that I love this idea and these are quite luxurious shopping bags.  I made the red and green paisley one for my Mum and the other one for me.  (I "prudently" matched up my pocket to the design.) It's modeling with 2 boxes of cereal, a giant tub of raisins, spaghetti sauce and big can of stew.  Room to spare!  I'll keep one in my car door pocket to use when I pop in for a few things after work. 

Thanks for the tute, Your Royal Highness!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: itgerpatty on October 01, 2007 12:14:19 PM
HalfBrit,
WOW your bags are awsome. I wish I could find fabric like that. I need to get my butt moving and make some too. I haven't sewed anything in years plus with three kids, husband at war etc. it seems I never find the time. But after you seing your bags, I REALLY need to start and try it... Enough with the excuses LOL
Super job, especially with the pocket!!!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on October 01, 2007 02:50:20 PM
omg, beautiful fabrics.  where did you get the "Village" one?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ms.cate on October 01, 2007 10:49:11 PM
That fabric with the houses is lovely!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dftkarin on October 03, 2007 06:46:21 PM
I LOVE these bags and have made almost 10 so far and I have a question.  I've made most just as described in the tutorial (LOVE that tutorial) and the finished bags are pretty heavy and kind of bulky and its made me wonder if the lining is really neccesary or it its overkill. It looks nicer of course, but it also adds bulk and weight to what I wish were a more lightweight bag. Also, in the bottom seam, I sometimes break needles getting over the thick folded-in gusset (is that a gusset?) part - and it makes me wonder if I'm doing something wrong. I am always a little unsure about how much to fold in the sides - and if I've folded them in equally - but in the finished bags it doesn't matter too much. The bulkiness though, is there some secret to a less bulky and more neat/professional way to get things to lie flat for that bottom seam. I do iron it, trim the seam carefully before doing the french seam, etc.  Oh, by the way, I have made a few bags without the lining, I did a sloppy looking single hem around the handles and top edges - I'm not sure how long they will last before unraveling, but they seem plenty strong for hauling library books, groceries, etc.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on October 03, 2007 06:53:34 PM
Hi there,

I made 5 so far.  I noticed that if I use heavy fabrics, then I really had a hard time sewing the bottom.  So now I only use light weight fabrics,  so it doesn't look too bulky and easier to sew.

You can see my bags here:
http://namethatcandy.blogspot.com/



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on October 03, 2007 06:56:40 PM
What type of fabric are you using?
I use basic walmart fabric, or sheets.  Sometimes I use broadcloth for the lining.  They don't seem bulky to me.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HalfBrit on October 04, 2007 05:26:27 AM
I used regular cotton, also, for the main fabric and the lining and had no problems at all with thickness.  I mark with pins about 2.5" from the side, on each side and then fold my pleat or gusset in to that mark.  Sew that, trim and turn, and sew again.  That french seam is a bit thick after it's sewn, but I figure that's good because it has to support all the weight of the full bag. 

For those who asked about the village fabric I used, it's from a local artist here where I live and I bought it about 5 years ago.  I'll be sad when it's all gone, I just love it, too.  Sometimes you can find it on ebay, search under "wilson & wilson". 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dftkarin on October 04, 2007 06:38:18 AM
Thanks for the replies to my question! I am using only cotton quilting fabric - and I've used that same red/white IKEA fabric to make some too - and I think most of my fabric has been prewashed - maybe if I used unwashed new fabric it might lay flatter? Also, my confusion with the size of the gusset/fold-in sides could be because I usually expand the pattern to use all available fabric width-wise, so even if my "pattern" leaves me with a few inch strip of extra fabric, I just don't cut it and then my bag is that much (times 4) wider. I usually use a Target bag as my pattern because the length feel just about right for me. I tried using a grocery store bag as my forst pattern and the bag I made from it is so shallow/short that its annoying. I often feel like cheaper fabrics are thinner and more loosely woven - but maybe I should be purposely trying to use those thinner cottons for my bags. Do you thin that's my problem?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on October 04, 2007 06:48:57 AM
I use the entire width of the fabric too but I do not put the pattern on the fold but put the side with the handles on the edge of the fabric.  That way the extra is in the center of the fabric.  If you have a bigger gusset that is more layers you have to sew through for a longer period of time.
I haven't washed any of my fabric except the sheets because I'd have to go to the laundry mat to do so.  Do you iron your fabric before using it?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muzzymom86 on October 04, 2007 07:14:54 AM
could you guys please post a picture of how you lay out your pattern.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on October 04, 2007 10:16:40 AM
I just made another shopping bag with the bias tape bottom, which I am inspired by Japanese Craft Book.

Here is the link:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199977.msg2124957;topicseen#msg2124957


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on October 04, 2007 03:46:21 PM
I have 15 or so of these cut and the top parts sewn (and pressed), so all I have to do is sew the sides and bottoms, they are my "gift bags" for Christmas gifts.  But I needed something on Saturday to wrap my MIL's birthday gift in, so I pulled one out and finished it up.  It turned out perfect, and my MIL loved what she saw of it in the bag it was in (with all the other goodies we brought them from our trip) but she is going to wait until tomorrow to open it up since that's her birthday.  It is topstitched with gold thread, and that makes me happy.

flat on the floor


empty, hanging from my arm (sorry it's kind of blurry)



I will try to get a real action shot of it when we are at their house again on Sunday.

And when I get the other 15 or so finished up I will be sure to post them as well!

Thanks again for the tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on October 04, 2007 04:20:53 PM
love the fabrics!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: usdimama on October 05, 2007 01:14:04 AM
woohoo!  i've had this bookmarked since it was first posted and i FINALLY got a chance to make one.  it's a small one, for my sister's birthday, and i've got two more cut out.  dh and i figure i can whip these up to use when we sell stuff at sales--instead of the plastic bags.  i'm so excited to do a bunch for the xmas sales  :)  thanks so much for a great tute!


with a wipes container in it--closest thing at hand  :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Pfff on October 05, 2007 03:16:06 AM
I`m thinking of making these as xmas presents. In Norway (like everywhere else in the world), enviromental issues are daily news. I thought I`d make one bag for recycling bottles and one for tins. And then you can sew the recycle logo on the bag. Perfect xmas gifts that everyone should use! <br>


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on October 05, 2007 08:52:06 AM
love the fabrics.

And I love the recyle logo.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: lastella on October 05, 2007 09:28:48 PM
That is just too cute.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: countingtosleep on October 06, 2007 03:16:48 AM
That's amazing, thanks for the tutorial!  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hyerac on October 06, 2007 07:22:04 AM
usdimama, I love your fabric!  Is it regular cotton, or a thicker fabric?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: usdimama on October 06, 2007 10:27:22 AM
usdimama, I love your fabric!  Is it regular cotton, or a thicker fabric?
isn't it great?  it's cotton.  i bought it a while ago just because, and it's been bugging me 'cause i wanted to use it, but wasn't sure what to do w/it.  then i saw this tute, and cut out a bunch right away  :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dunners on October 09, 2007 10:26:08 PM
Thanks so much for writing this tute.  I have made a few dozen of these now - great for gifts as well as my own personal use (although DH doesn't like using the floral ones much  :D).  Mine don't look as funky as yours as I've been using up fabric that I've been given.  Once it's all gone I'll go shopping for some funky fabric!

Thanks again!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ariaya on October 11, 2007 05:52:42 AM
Thanks so much for this tutorial!  I made a few bags for myself and swaps .. they're so much fun!  I keep changing the size of the bags LOL .. some are shorter some are taller .. next is to make the handles longer so it can fit over my shoulder!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on October 11, 2007 06:29:01 AM
I finished one last night and the tutorial really is as great as it looks. It worked out perfectly. The only problem is that I made my pocket too small and now I can't fold my bag and put inside the pocket. Oh well, just a detail. Thanks again for sharing this great tutorial with us.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Stargazer629 on October 11, 2007 08:16:12 AM
Great Tutorial! Super cute bag  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on October 16, 2007 10:00:30 AM
I finally made one. It really is easy, I love it!



Action shots:



The only problem is that my pocket is too small so I can't fold it and put inside the pocket. But it still is a nice bag and the next one that I make will be better.

Thanks again for the awesome tutorial.  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on October 16, 2007 10:31:11 AM
i visited hanafords with my ladybug bag and the teenage boy was very impressed he wanted to know all about it. he said it was 'cool' . i'm chuffed, because you know how teenage boys can be.... indifferent i guess is a good word

what a good project!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sansa on October 16, 2007 01:49:48 PM
Has anyone tried T-shirt material on the outside of these? I have a length of it that I have already made the Yellow Goodbye Bag out of and I don't really want more. I was thinking of these with a cotton lining.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HSG on October 16, 2007 03:54:16 PM
Was surfing Etsy today, and saw someone is selling this exact style bag. Pocket and all. Was wondering if it was from this tutorial because it sure looks like it. Hope if it was that they would at least give credit to the queen for the design.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: QuiltersBlock on October 16, 2007 04:20:41 PM
Has anyone tried T-shirt material on the outside of these? I have a length of it that I have already made the Yellow Goodbye Bag out of and I don't really want more. I was thinking of these with a cotton lining.

Sansa, I haven't made this bag with t-shirt material, but a friend of mine has made some similar bags with actual t-shirts. She "quilts" it (no batting/wadding) on to a sturdier fabric, like denim or twill, then makes her bag. They are very cute and the lining makes them sturdy - not stretchy.

So I'd say, go for it.

QB


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sansa on October 16, 2007 05:46:16 PM
Sansa, I haven't made this bag with t-shirt material, but a friend of mine has made some similar bags with actual t-shirts. She "quilts" it (no batting/wadding) on to a sturdier fabric, like denim or twill, then makes her bag. They are very cute and the lining makes them sturdy - not stretchy.

So I'd say, go for it.

QB

Thanks for this, just a quick question. Does this make three layers of fabric in the bag or two? Is she quilting it to the lining or quilting it to a stabilising fabric then lining it?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: QuiltersBlock on October 16, 2007 07:38:19 PM

Thanks for this, just a quick question. Does this make three layers of fabric in the bag or two? Is she quilting it to the lining or quilting it to a stabilising fabric then lining it?

Just two layers, *if* there's a sturdy/thick fabric like denim or twill.

If she uses a lighter cotton/whatever, then she uses a batting.

Again, her bags are a little different than this shopping bag tute. Don't be afraid to try something new!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Llola on October 18, 2007 08:17:37 AM
I love this!  I used my seam ripper a bunch but in the end the bag turned out GREAT!  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Eowynt on October 18, 2007 08:47:00 AM
 ;D  I am so in love with these bags - especially with longer handles for my shoulders.  I packed one in my suitcase, and I took it all over Europe with me.  When I didn't have much to carry, it took up very little space, and when I had to haul a ton (like when the weather was iffy), it expanded to hold everything.  When I was caught in the rain, I was able to wear it on my shoulder, but under my raincoat without a hitch. 

Thanks again for the great tute!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: muffinpan on October 18, 2007 09:42:19 PM
Weee! First Post!

Ok now that my jitters are over with...I cannot wait to try this bag!  I love the fabrics you Ladies are using too.

In addition to the "go green" and saving on plastic bags I was thinking these would be great to keep in the car to grab whatever needs to come inside.  Having a toddler I need all the extra help I can get! 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ariaya on October 19, 2007 06:34:50 AM
Welcome to craftsters muffinpan!

I went into Michaels with my own bag the other day .... they were very confused when I refused plastic and asked them to just load up my pretty fabric shopping bag .. LOL


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: muffinpan on October 19, 2007 05:12:30 PM
Thanks! 

What a difference it would make if everyone used fabric bags instead!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: AngieR on October 19, 2007 09:04:36 PM
I love love love this!  Thanks so much for the in-depth instructions.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Jodiegirl on October 20, 2007 05:38:49 AM
Can hardly wait to try this.  Your instructions are excellent!  Even I feel like I could pull this off and make it look good.  Wonderful.
Blessings,


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on October 20, 2007 11:32:28 AM
Jodiegirl - you sure can, it's an easy project and the tutorial is excellent to follow.  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pfirsch on October 24, 2007 12:18:52 PM
Even Martha Stewart is getting in on it:  T-shirt Bag (http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=37b1b744dd165110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=t-%20shirt%20bag&rsc=ns2006_m1)

I don't like that the bag has raw edges, but an old t-shirt could easily be converted into the Singlet Style Shopping Bag, recycling even more!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on October 29, 2007 03:31:37 PM
This is my second bag.  Both the outer and liner fabrics are RECYCLED cotton shirts!  The outer shirt/fabric is a cute shirt that I stained.   :(  The liner fabric is a plaid shirt from brother.  Liner shirt fabric has a handy front pocket that now serves as a cell phone holder or cash stash. 
Whatcha think?   

 



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on October 29, 2007 04:18:42 PM
Very clever, SkitzoLeezra! And, I love how the shirts are even color coordinated! And the added bonus of the inside pocket just makes it even better ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on October 29, 2007 05:19:42 PM
That is so cool!  Now I have to find some shirts to recon.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on October 29, 2007 05:46:23 PM
Very nice SkitzoLeezra! Reusing the shirts to make the bag makes it even greener.  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Llola on October 30, 2007 12:19:43 AM
Even Martha Stewart is getting in on it:  T-shirt Bag (http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=37b1b744dd165110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=t-%20shirt%20bag&rsc=ns2006_m1)

I don't like that the bag has raw edges, but an old t-shirt could easily be converted into the Singlet Style Shopping Bag, recycling even more!


There aren't any raw edges, they are all enclosed.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pfirsch on October 30, 2007 06:03:15 AM
There aren't any raw edges, they are all enclosed.
In the video, they left the neck and sleeve edges raw.  That's the part I didn't like.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: lillzee on October 30, 2007 07:27:59 AM
What a fantastic bag...I love it! Can't wait to make one for myself and everyone I know!

Thanks for sharing


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 07, 2007 09:36:40 AM
I finished the 14 I had in the works for Christmas "giftbags", only to realize that I need at least 3 more (which means I will probably make 5 more).  So here are the 14 (I already posted one, so really I have made 15 of them), all without pockets, because none of the people getting these would use the pocket (nor would I) so there was no reason to add extra work.
 
All folded up


And now the individuals.




Sorry the pictures are so big!  The ones that don't have a corner folded down to show the inside is because the lining is just a boring old solid color.  They are kind of wrinkly, but there's no reason to iron them now, since Christmas is still over a month away.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ginger.inked on November 07, 2007 09:39:22 AM
What A Cool Idea! These are AWESOME!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muria on November 07, 2007 10:43:16 AM
Is that sewing machine fabric I see?   Cool! 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: silverfisch on November 07, 2007 11:15:33 AM
I love the black & pink polka dot one!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muzzymom86 on November 07, 2007 11:50:28 AM
These are very nice.  I wish I could find the time to finish the five I have cut out.  I really like the sewing machines and the polka dots.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 07, 2007 11:58:14 AM
Thanks!
It is indeed sewing machine fabric, I love it, it makes me very happy.  I also made a sewing machine cover with it!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: tazzell on November 07, 2007 01:15:06 PM
Brilliant.  I set myself a goal a while back to make enough shopping bags so that I never need to bring another plastic one into the house but so far I'm failing miserably.  Now seeing your wonderful bags I have re-newed determination.  Everyone who gets one of your bags at Christmas are very lucky :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HalfBrit on November 07, 2007 01:46:55 PM
Those are great!  I just did 2 more for friends- one in a faux leather from Wal Mart and another in black and pink dots for a Mary Kay dealer friend.  Both came out great.  The faux leather made it really classy looking.  Just like my friend is. 

A friend on mine that I shared my pattern with made some out of, of all things, BAR CODE fabric!  Talk about cute!  I wonder how her bag would scan and what that would do to the scanning machine?   ;D

These make terrific gifts.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on November 07, 2007 06:45:32 PM
I bought some fabric for these as soon as this tutorial was posted. Alas, I have not had a chance to make any. But, I just remembered that I need to make a birthday present for a friend. I think that she would love a set of these!

And Zelda.Suicide, I see that, in addition to crochet, you are a "sewing machine" too! :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 07, 2007 07:41:13 PM
Quote from: craftADDchick
And Zelda.Suicide, I see that, in addition to crochet, you are a "sewing machine" too! Smiley
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I am a craft junkie, seriously, I can't just stick to one craft, I have to try them all. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: BonEsInspired on November 07, 2007 07:55:13 PM
:D
I just finished making this bag from your tutorial! It was pretty easy and a lot of fun to make.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial!
If you'd like to see the one I made, clicky the linky :D
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206790.new#new


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gingerquilts on November 08, 2007 10:04:26 AM
I just made a bunch of these for Christmas gifts.  I have a great tip to share that I'm not sure is listed anywhere.

When you are sewing the seam across the bottom you DO NOT have to turn in the gusset first.  Just stitch about 1/4 inch away from the bottom making sure you get the lining and outer fabric all together.  Then turn in inside out and turn the sides in.  I used a little 2 1/2 inch ruler I have to measure the amount to fold in.  THEN stitch across the gussets and all, double stitching the two folded parts.    It will look like the last picture before it is turned inside out and folded into the pocket.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0

Learn from my mistakes and shortcut folks and save yourself a headache!!   :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: TracyInNH on November 08, 2007 12:31:51 PM
This is a great idea...and with it looking just like a shopping bag is even better...kinda makes it self explanitory (sp?) as a gift.  I just followed the tutorial and made 2 of these...and plan on making many more for gifts!

The tutorial is soooo easy to follow, great job and thank you!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on November 08, 2007 03:19:59 PM
Quote from: craftADDchick
And Zelda.Suicide, I see that, in addition to crochet, you are a "sewing machine" too! :)

I am a craft junkie, seriously, I can't just stick to one craft, I have to try them all. 

Me too (I'm craftADDchick for a reason ;) Problem is, I don't have enough time to make everything I want to make!

But, I definitely need to dig out my fabric for these bags and whip up a few in the next week! I need to give the gift next weekend!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: baaramewe on November 08, 2007 10:51:43 PM
this is fabulous! looks like a found a project to do this weekend while my hubby is out of town! yipee!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: eirle on November 09, 2007 09:44:17 AM
I have the cutest story about making one of these bags, but I don't have a picture, so you'll all just have to imagine.

My husband and I are making about 30 of these for holiday presents and about a month ago, I was making my first one to see how it turned out. We had a house guest at the time who saw my first one and asked: "How hard is that to make?"

I told him it wasn't too hard a project, even for a beginner, and he said, "Do you think you could help me make one for my mom? It's her birthday next week." So, off we went to the fabric store!

It turns out that our house guest's mom is a seamstress AND that our house guest (who is in his 20s) had never touched a sewing machine before. So, I taught him how to sew on this project and he did every single step himself, including the topstitching. His bag turned out beautifully!

He mailed it off and I was lucky enough to be nearby when she called after receiving the package. There was a lot of repeating of "Yes, Mom. I *REALLY* did it myself. No, no one else did it!"

He was so proud of himself and his mom thought it was the best birthday gift he'd ever given her.

---------------------------------------------------------------
Even though he's not on Craftster to say it himself, I know that our house guest would say THANK YOU for the awesome tutorial.

I have 11 bags cut out and pinned ready to be sewn this weekend. There are only about 20 more to cut out... :) Good thing I still have a month or two! I can't wait until they're all done so that I can post pictures. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Llola on November 10, 2007 03:26:51 PM
Here's my first bag!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on November 10, 2007 03:34:36 PM
Nice fabric.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on November 10, 2007 05:17:37 PM
OMG.  Your bag is incredible.  That fabric is gorgeous.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: GoOzzieGo on November 14, 2007 12:50:59 PM
I tried this today, and for the life of me cant figure out the instructions on the handles. The pictures were confusing to me  :( Can anyone hold my hand & help me out? ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Llola on November 14, 2007 01:58:56 PM
I tried this today, and for the life of me cant figure out the instructions on the handles. The pictures were confusing to me  :( Can anyone hold my hand & help me out? ;)

What have you done so far?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: silverfisch on November 14, 2007 03:43:59 PM
I tried this today, and for the life of me cant figure out the instructions on the handles. The pictures were confusing to me  :( Can anyone hold my hand & help me out? ;)

I had the same problem, but I checked my semi-sewn bag and tried to guess out what had to be done to get the handles look as they should. it's tricky and you will need to fight a bit with your fabric (at least I did :P )

I hope you figure out. if I do some other bag soon and you still did not, I'll try and get some extra pics on that step. good luck!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Michelyne on November 14, 2007 04:48:08 PM
This is so great, and green too! See, sewing really CAN save the world.  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: GoOzzieGo on November 15, 2007 04:43:15 AM
Quote
What have you done so far?

All the steps up to the handles, I have sewn across the main fabric (the handles per instructions), but when it says "to keep going to the lining" I sit there going "eh?" I pulled the lining back to sew the main fabric how to I continue sewing to the lining fabric? Maybe I am dense!  :D



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: silverfisch on November 15, 2007 10:10:29 AM
All the steps up to the handles, I have sewn across the main fabric (the handles per instructions), but when it says "to keep going to the lining" I sit there going "eh?" I pulled the lining back to sew the main fabric how to I continue sewing to the lining fabric? Maybe I am dense!  :D

mmmm if I remember properly... doesn't the lining start just where you have finished sewing the main fabric? you have to struggle a bit and put the lining in the same way you put the main fabric for sewing, then sew on

I do need to make another one of these


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on November 15, 2007 01:08:21 PM
Basically you are sewing in a circle.  Like the inside of a tube.  This way your seam will end up inside.

You might want to print out the pictures and have there by the sewing machine.   I've had to do this with other tutes.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: CrafterInIL on November 16, 2007 08:44:59 AM
Thanks for this tutorial!  I'm going to try making a few this weekend - perfect Christmas gift for my cousin!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: itgerpatty on November 19, 2007 01:32:52 AM
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have made 2 so far and it was an awsome tutorial, even though I was confused a few times BUT that is because I haven't been sewing for YEARS and all I did before that was freehanding things, preferably just things with straight lines. It took me a while to get my going, as I was really scared that I couldn't do it. But this taught me that I could do more then I thought THANKS TO THIS TUT  ;D I want to make a few more for xmas as soon as I find some time with 3 kids and hubby deployed. Free time is pretty rare here ;-) So thanks so much again for putting all this work into making this tut and sharing it!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cute_anarchy on November 20, 2007 10:07:32 AM
Folding instructions - to enclose with gifted bags!

(right click and save, and then it will be an actual readable size!)

The longer story:
Someone here mentioned a way to fold up the bags without needing the outside pocket, and since I was incapable of getting them to fold right the other way.... I was overjoyed! 

Well, it took me a try or two, but I figured it out, and since I am making these for gifts,  I drew up directions on the folding method to enclose with the bags.  I thought I would share, I hope it makes sense to you and comes in handy.  :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: silverfisch on November 20, 2007 11:50:27 AM
cute_anarchy, you made my day!!!! :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: MademoiselleChunmee on November 28, 2007 04:49:02 AM
Hello all! I've made it!!
I just wonder if there's an error somewhere, because I couldn't sew on the right side of the bag or it wouldn't have looked as well as on the picture. So I sewed on the bottom on the inside, to make the french seam inside (in french it is called an english seam :p)

HERE IT IS, Pink bag (http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/9232/sacshoppingrose002mw4.jpg)

And THANK YOU a lot for the tuto!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mimi_mia on November 28, 2007 06:00:05 AM
Ingenius and you made it so perfectly finished!!!!! Fantastic! :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on November 28, 2007 06:09:12 AM
Hello all! I've made it!!
I just wonder if there's an error somewhere, because I couldn't sew on the right side of the bag or it wouldn't have looked as well as on the picture. So I sewed on the bottom on the inside, to make the french seam inside (in french it is called an English seam :p)

HERE IT IS, Pink bag (http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/9232/sacshoppingrose002mw4.jpg)

And THANK YOU a lot for the tuto!

You sew on the right side and then you turn around and sew again on the inside and that makes the raw edges stay inside the seam (and thats the so called french seam).

The french seam is also called English seam in Portuguese, and what we call french seam is something else.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rottenlittleboys on November 29, 2007 08:27:42 AM
That is an exquisite blanket underneath.

These things should carry a health warning - they're really addictive! First one had a couple of mistakes but they were fixable and I'm now contemplating my 4th and 5th ones! They take me about 2 albums to finish from cutting out to finishing (i always time things by how many times i have to change cd!) but I'm getting quicker each time. Here's my pics:
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa80/dingogroupie/moneybag1.jpg[/img]

xk


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 03, 2007 06:32:08 PM
My last 5 "Christmas gift bag" bags





I have a feeling a few people will be requesting more of them when they get theirs at Christmas, so this probably isn't the last you will hear from me.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: WIPs on December 04, 2007 10:22:18 PM
I love the striped one!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: PBF2love on December 05, 2007 04:49:39 AM
sooo great! im going to make a ton of these for friends and families to use at the market! that way those nasty plastic bags don't enter my house!! :) ::)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: zazazoom on December 14, 2007 01:21:55 AM
Thanks so much for this tutorial, I made one and I love it!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: athenaknits? on December 15, 2007 04:00:15 PM
here is my christmas troop of bags, ready to be sent out, plus I have an extra one for me


it took two weekends of sewing but will be totally worth it


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on December 15, 2007 04:35:05 PM
Wow, athenaknits?, you really went to town! I have some that I'll be posting tomorrow, but only 5. I haven't made any for myself, yet. After the holidays, I think...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: athenaknits? on December 15, 2007 08:07:19 PM
Yeah Craftaddchick, I was pretty much out of my mind when I decided to do this, I  made fourteen at once, on the definite plus side I did bust though some of my stash for lining fabric.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: PicaboMama on December 16, 2007 06:19:17 PM
Wow, that shape is suddenly so much more attractive in a funky fabric.  Cute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: OkieMist on December 25, 2007 05:19:44 PM
My version... from scrap fabric from the grandmum with denim lining...




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: OkieMist on December 30, 2007 10:36:41 AM
Mum saw the one I made for my Christmas gift exchange (posted just above) and *HAD* to have one too -  Thus I spent my Saturday on this:

And because she must have pockets in her bags I did these:


Lowest pocket for camera, upper pockets for lipstick + comb and credit cards + ID.
Would have taken me a lot less time if I wasn't such a perfectionist about which way the rose pattern faced. (Ironic since the pockets are nowhere near perfect  :) )


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: justforme on January 08, 2008 05:52:41 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! What a great idea. We are trying to be more earth friendly so this is a good start for us.
I did not use the pocket and the where the gussets are pressed I did top stitch to help hold the shape of the bag.
Thanks again!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on January 08, 2008 06:44:20 PM
Wow! That's an excellent stack of bags! I'm still trying to get a few finished. I've got them all cut out and the first one is started...but then my sewing machine broke :(

But, they are very near the top of my MUST FINISH SOON list!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: MTANDG on January 08, 2008 06:48:16 PM
OK I finished mine two days ago, have not posted here yet, and proceeded to break my machine needle on literally the LAST stitch, I mean the LAST stitch I am a little leary of doing another but I have my fabric out, I might save another for myself and do some form of the Jordy bags for my swap.......and I think the reason my needle broke is that I used thick upholstery type fabric-vintage stuff picked up a garage sale.  Will post it soon...trendy pink and brown but maybe a bit much pink


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: eirle on January 13, 2008 12:28:03 PM
I finally finished!!!! 32 bags! I love the pattern, but I may not make anymore for a while. :) These are all the bags except the duplicates. I hope you enjoy looking at them!



My husband and I decided to give everyone these bags for Hannukkah and Christmas presents. (We only gave ONE person on our list something other than a bag.) So, we went to town a little bit and bought moderately expensive fabrics that really represented each person.  It was worth the effort though, because I think everyone really loved their bags.


(In this set of pictures, my husband took the insides separate from the outsides. Instead of posting two pictures of each, I just pasted a bit of the inner fabric on the outside so you can see the pairings!)

Since I was making so many and with such fun fabrics, I decided to make the bags reversible. This meant leaving out the gussets and the pocket to fold them into. We decided to include directions on how to fold the bags into themselves, instead. We didn't even gift wrap them since they were so colorful! We just tied them with ribbons and put a card in the fold.



In the end, we ended up with seven bags for our own shopping along with all the presents. I'm really pleased about the whole project. Thank you all for the tutorials and all the hints along the way!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: WIPs on January 13, 2008 01:21:58 PM
Whoa...you've been busy!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on January 13, 2008 02:25:41 PM
WOW!! :o  Fantastic job on the bags, eirle!  I'm sure they were a hit with all of your lucky recipients!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gannon on January 13, 2008 02:53:30 PM
What a great idea!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: athenaknits? on January 14, 2008 07:01:10 PM
Wow, eirle, I thought I had lost my mind when I decided to do a 14 of these for christmas presents.  I bow to your awesomeness


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cute_anarchy on January 14, 2008 08:42:31 PM
Eirle, you are filled with awesome!  I know, cause my bag is perfect and I LOVE it!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: frix220 on January 21, 2008 04:17:36 PM
Thanks for this tute.. it was exactly what I've been looking for! I wanted to make my mom a bag- she goes to a farmer's market -type thing on the weekends and I even found the perfect fabric.
I think I'm going to save it and give it to her for Valentine's Day next month.





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on January 21, 2008 07:53:47 PM
Excellent fabric choice for a market bag!

One of these days I'll get pics of mine posted...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: patty_o_furniture on January 23, 2008 01:54:39 PM
Here's mine! 

I kept reading through the instructions and getting totally lost.  I was reading that a lot of sewing newbies did it just fine, so I decided to sew it and read as I went, and it was just fine!  Thanks :)



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: tracya1120 on January 23, 2008 05:42:18 PM
I made a bunch of these for the inmates at the nursing home for Christmas... they were a big hit because of the size, and the handles loop perfectly over their walkers.

It was a very rewarding way to get rid of scraps!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on January 27, 2008 10:27:46 AM
patty_o_furniture - very cute fabric.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Ducchess of Java on January 27, 2008 12:36:40 PM
What a great idea!  Those plastic bags seem to multiply after a while.  This is perfect for "going green" - and I loved the french seam.  Cool!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Jay3fer on February 05, 2008 01:00:25 PM
Well, it's nowhere near as good as the others I've seen on this thread... BUT, here's my attempt!




More pics here (http://picasaweb.google.com/Jay3fer/Grocerytote).  Thanks for looking!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on February 05, 2008 02:58:55 PM
Love the fabric.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Jay3fer on February 05, 2008 10:19:48 PM
Two more!  ETA:  Both made from pillowcases, btw...




These ones fit into their pouches, at least - hooray!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Llola on February 05, 2008 11:20:10 PM
Two more!  ETA:  Both made from pillowcases, btw...

http://lh5.google.com/Jay3fer/R6lOH2J4erI/AAAAAAAAATQ/KDBbYT4zxu0/newbags%20022.jpg?imgmax=512[/img]
http://lh6.google.com/Jay3fer/R6lOJGJ4etI/AAAAAAAAATg/ckqqBQl5-rw/newbags%20024.jpg?imgmax=512[/img]

These ones fit into their pouches, at least - hooray!

Very nice!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: asocialcelebrity on February 06, 2008 11:22:25 AM
This is awesome! Thanks for the tutorial- I totally want to make one of these!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: melbatoast113 on February 12, 2008 12:59:01 PM
thanks for the tutorial, i'm going to try it out now!
i love how eco-friendly it is!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: efran on February 14, 2008 09:37:35 AM
Yay!  I loved your idea of using the plastic shopping bag as a pattern.  Here's some pics of my version:


I sewed a patterned panel down the front and instead of bothering with a liner, I hemmed the opening and overstitched the raw seams inside with contrasting thread to look nice.  And double stitched the bottom, although I like the idea of the french seam...I'll do that next time.

Here's a detail of the overstitching inside another bag I made:

Thanks!  :) 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on February 14, 2008 11:33:43 AM
CUTE, efran!  I like your take on that bag.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NotYetTheDodo on February 17, 2008 04:09:05 AM
Thanks for the brilliant tutorial - I just made my first shopping bag, and it will not be my last! Have a look - http://notyetthedodo.blogspot.com/2008/02/s-er-jeg-tilbage.html.

Thank you!!! :-)



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiquesmom on February 17, 2008 07:53:58 AM
Thanks for the brilliant tutorial - I just made my first shopping bag, and it will not be my last! Have a look -


The fabric you used is very pretty.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rottenlittleboys on February 17, 2008 08:23:35 PM
Thanks for the brilliant tutorial - I just made my first shopping bag, and it will not be my last! Have a look - http://notyetthedodo.blogspot.com/2008/02/s-er-jeg-tilbage.html.

Thank you!!! :-)



Love the fabric choice. I remember when that was popular the first time around.  :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rubytue on February 18, 2008 01:07:45 PM
This tute is awesome!  I just made my first bag with it, and I learned too new techniques too!  Awesome!

I used one of the large Joann's bags as a pattern, so its a bit bigger than the standard bag.

Thanks muchly!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: panda on February 18, 2008 08:36:24 PM
WOW...there are some really beautiful fabrics.  I made one and will probaby make a few more for gifts.

Thank you for the tutorial.

UPDATED:  Wow I have seen some beautiful fabric here.  I have made a couple of them myself.  On for my swap partner.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gaucamolegreetings on February 19, 2008 03:28:27 PM
What a great tutorial!  Thanks so much!  Here is mine!





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Judi B on February 20, 2008 03:57:13 AM
Here are some of the bags I made which fit on the supermarket stands.
http://www.earthgarden.com.au/portal/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=79&thread_id=2439&rowstart=0 (http://www.earthgarden.com.au/portal/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=79&thread_id=2439&rowstart=0)
You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hilopez on February 20, 2008 09:59:36 AM
Wow!  Thats adorable!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: crappiefisher on February 21, 2008 07:55:29 AM
SWEET! I have just purchased a folding bag from Target and was trying to figure out how to make my own...but your tute is fabulous!

Great Job!

This project ROCKS!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gaucamolegreetings on February 21, 2008 11:55:15 AM
I'm addicted.  Here are two more.  One really funky for me and one sweeter for an Easter gift.





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on February 23, 2008 06:32:17 PM
FANTASTIC, well-written tutorial!  Thank you so much! :)

I bought this fabric off the $1 table.  It's not really my taste, but I like the contrast, and it's works just fine.  I bought enough to make 7 bags.... (sorry about the poor pics)





We used one for the first time on Wednesday -- and packed a picnic lunch for my 7 monkeys and myself on our trip to the zoo.  Held up great, and we had room to spare!  Can't wait to stash-bust and make some more!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: yellowduckie on February 23, 2008 07:34:20 PM
Here's my contribution:



Wound up making the pocket too wide. 


I think I'll make my next without lining it, use french seams all around.  That should be good for packing lighter items.  And it will be faster.

Then do lined bag for heavier objects, like soda.



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: blackinkedwords on February 24, 2008 06:53:34 AM
This is awesome.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on February 24, 2008 08:13:26 AM
I made some for swaps.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229599.msg2496726#msg2496726


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: eclair on February 29, 2008 05:19:51 PM
I'm just cutting some fabric to make some of these bags - some to use for groceries and a couple for my daughters' sports kit for school. It occured to me that keeping both handles on the coathook in the cloakroom is going to be difficult; I know that plastic carrier bags usually end up hanging by one handle and stuff (especially shoes) end up falling out.

So I'm making one long handle (about 50%+ longer than usual) and one short handle (half the height of the regular handle) on each of their bags. That way, you just pull the long handle through the short handle and ta-da! the bag is closed! No cords to pull or poppers to close! The bag stays shut and the shoes stay inside, even if the bag gets knocked about!

I think if the bag handle is long enough you could even use it as a shoulder bag which would be handy for those people who were talking about bringing their groceries home on the bus - when you run short of hands to carry all the bags!

I'll try and post a picture when I'm done. This is my first post here and I haven't worked out photos yet!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: AlternaWidget on March 01, 2008 07:44:34 AM
What a great idea! I'll have to make another one that way - for ME this time!
Thanks for sharing your idea and looking forward to seeing your pix.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: atreehuggerswife on March 06, 2008 03:51:53 PM
Thank you for the awesome tutorial!  I love this!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cnds1992 on March 06, 2008 04:58:55 PM
this is such a great idea. I will have to try it.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: NameThatCandy on March 07, 2008 03:34:53 PM
I also made 2 more bags.

Here is the link for the pics:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232405.0


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: FLooZySue on March 08, 2008 05:43:33 PM
OHHHHH thank YOU for this tute!!! I will be making TONS of these cool bags for gifts!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: conicuts on March 10, 2008 06:29:10 AM
I'm not sure if this had already been done (as this is a long thread), but I have made a PDF of this great tutorial so that you can print it out in 5 pages instead of 21! LOL

http://www.box.net/shared/s10qibb34k (http://www.box.net/shared/s10qibb34k)

I have also included the original simple version at the top of this file that is 2 pages long. So if you choose to print just the More Finished Version by queenofdiy then just print pages 3-5 of this PDF document.

Enjoy, Connie


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: yellowduckie on March 10, 2008 09:55:29 AM
Nice pdf.  Thanks.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sansa on March 10, 2008 01:45:48 PM
Mm. I got a warning that it was a reported phishing site. Weird.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on March 10, 2008 02:23:31 PM
strange  ??? I got the pdf when I clicked it


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sansa on March 10, 2008 02:54:49 PM
Weirder. Now it works for me too.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on March 12, 2008 11:03:48 AM
Mm. I got a warning that it was a reported phishing site. Weird.
I always get that warning with box.net... just adjust your firewall/security settings if you still want to download from that site.  It's always been fine for me after I did that.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on March 12, 2008 01:12:24 PM
hey everyone! Get a load of this!
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/11/10/sack_the_plastic_shopping_bag/ (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/11/10/sack_the_plastic_shopping_bag/)
We're way ahead of the curve! yay!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on March 12, 2008 04:14:14 PM
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial....I've saved it to my PC and I will be sewing it as time permits...I made some wonderful large denim ones, but they don't fold in on themselves, so they take up a lot of space and I always forget them....I love these....


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: yellowduckie on March 13, 2008 10:44:31 AM
Has anyone made an unlined bags yet.  If so how did you deal with the top of the bag to finish the edge?



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on March 13, 2008 10:51:43 AM
you could probably just fold a 1/4 inch hem over before you sew the cut outs together. Then where the handles meet, use a 1/2 seam allowance, and fold that under and topstitch to sort of hide the raw edges that would be most visible.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pennysquisher on March 13, 2008 03:06:05 PM
You could do the french seam that you use on the bottome seam on the handles.  You would probably need to hem or serge all the seams around the handles.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on March 13, 2008 03:22:33 PM
Just found 3 cut out fabric patterns of the fabulous grocery store tote.  WooHoo, all I had to do was sit down and sew!

All have interior pocket. 
Used my brand new serger for bottom seam.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gizmonic on March 14, 2008 05:29:48 PM
Hi everyone!

I just posted my version of queenofdiy's pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=233810.0

This really is a great project...can't wait to make another one!

Thanks for the great tutorial, queen. You do indeed rock!

Giz :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: yellowduckie on March 14, 2008 06:18:57 PM
you could probably just fold a 1/4 inch hem over before you sew the cut outs together. Then where the handles meet, use a 1/2 seam allowance, and fold that under and topstitch to sort of hide the raw edges that would be most visible.


Thanks.  That sounds like it will work.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: IchigoHeaven on March 14, 2008 06:58:53 PM
Wow that is awesome!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on March 14, 2008 08:18:15 PM
Has anyone made an unlined bags yet.  If so how did you deal with the top of the bag to finish the edge?



I was considering this as well, and what I figured was that I would use french seams on the sides (and the bottom as instructed) and then use skinny bias tape from my stash for the top edge and the handles.  Just another option to throw out there.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: just_lisa on March 15, 2008 05:42:13 AM
Hi everyone!

I just posted my version of queenofdiy's pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=233810.0

This really is a great project...can't wait to make another one!

Thanks for the great tutorial, queen. You do indeed rock!

Giz :)

I love this bag!  such great kitty fabric, where did you get it?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on March 15, 2008 06:59:30 AM
I have been working on my first bag made from this tute, and I couldn't figure what I was doing wrong....So I came back and re-read the tute and it turns out that I skipped the step where you sew the "sleeve" part of the bag and that is what I was having issues with...

Thank you, now I can get back to my bag....grabbing my handy-dandy seam ripper right now.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gizmonic on March 15, 2008 07:03:42 AM
I love this bag!  such great kitty fabric, where did you get it?

Thanks for looking. :)

I got the kitty fabric @ Joann's.  I really lucked out on it! 
:)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: AlternaWidget on March 15, 2008 03:16:31 PM
Hi! I'm happy to once again promote the following group for all us happy baggers:

http://www.morsbags.com/

Make a few to give away! Make someone's day with an act of random kindness that will also help the planet.




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on March 16, 2008 09:54:30 AM
I have been working on my first bag made from this tute, and I couldn't figure what I was doing wrong....So I came back and re-read the tute and it turns out that I skipped the step where you sew the "sleeve" part of the bag and that is what I was having issues with...

Thank you, now I can get back to my bag....grabbing my handy-dandy seam ripper right now.

I finally finished it, and it ROCKS.  It held 2 gallons of milk and 2 bottles of heavy cream without ripping, which is more than I can say for the crap plastic bags the pattern was taken from.  I live on the third floor, so a bag that will get all my groceries up without tearing is my kind of bag. 

I can't wait to make more...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on March 16, 2008 10:26:53 AM
some cashier at walmart tried to get me to buy some of their crap reusable bags...tried to tell me that they'll hold 150 pounds each! i was thinking, only in british paper money. those things are made of like...plastic burlap. and they're made very poorly.

i showed her mine, and she said "oh, well, these work just fine for me!" all huffy and snotty. grr.



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on March 18, 2008 09:27:19 AM
I know, I've looked at their crap reuseable bags too, and I was like EWWWWW...The only reason I bought one, was because it was one that had a zipper to zip down into, and it was before I saw this tute....had I seen this tute, I would not have bought it all, because the pocket works just fine.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gizmonic on March 18, 2008 09:47:11 AM
Hi! I'm happy to once again promote the following group for all us happy baggers:

http://www.morsbags.com/

Make a few to give away! Make someone's day with an act of random kindness that will also help the planet.

Great site, AlternaWidget  8)  I'm all geared up to make a bunch! 



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gizmonic on March 18, 2008 10:52:18 AM
Smallish rant here:  >:(

Why do some cashiers act like I have a 2nd head when I bring my own bags to the store?   ::)

I bring my own (some I've made, some storebought) to the grocery store with no problem.  The ladies at the grocery store are pretty cool.  It's when I've been venturing out of my "comfort zone" and shopping at the mall or other retail places where I get grief.

P'haps I'm reading too much into their reactions but I swear that the Plastic Bag Lobby has zombified the cashiers or something!  ::) :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: minka handbags on March 18, 2008 11:52:29 AM
This is awesome! Thanks for the tutorial and all the images of your steps.  The fabric is really cute by the way.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Ashling on March 18, 2008 01:11:29 PM
"Why do some cashiers act like I have a 2nd head when I bring my own bags to the store?"

That's funny, I have the opposite experience.  I am a cashier, and whenever someone buys only one item I ask them if they want a bag for it.  I don't try to push them not to use one, I just say "Do you want a bag?"  Most people are polite and say yes or no, but some people are downright rude about it, and say "yes" in such a condescending tone, like I'm trying to cheat them out of their precious trash, or something.  ::)

Most cashiers though are just on auto pilot.  We say the same thing and do the same motion at least 100 times a day, so it's not surprising that they'd be caught off guard by someone who wanted something different.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Grumpy72 on March 18, 2008 03:46:43 PM
My first post on this site but these bags are AWESOME.  Thank you so very much for the awesome tut!  I made 6 and will make a couple for my friends too.

Smallish rant here:  >:(

Why do some cashiers act like I have a 2nd head when I bring my own bags to the store?   ::)

..... It's when I've been venturing out of my "comfort zone" and shopping at the mall or other retail places where I get grief.

I've gotten the same reaction.  Totes are just starting to come out in force here, and the two times I've used my bags in the grocery store, the female cashiers give me the quirkiest looks.... the guys think they're cool!  It could be that I picked bold and bright fabrics just because I hate grocery shopping and thought they would add an ounce of charm! :)   The best reception I got was at the fabric store, when I went in to get more grocery bag fabric... the cashier inspected it... thought it was cool, and was gonna make some of her own! :)

-Grumpy


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gizmonic on March 18, 2008 04:13:48 PM
My first post on this site but these bags are AWESOME.  Thank you so very much for the awesome tut!  I made 6 and will make a couple for my friends too.

Welcome aboard Grumpy!  :)

Do you have any pix of the bags you made?  We'd love to see them!

Mz. Giz :)



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gizmonic on March 18, 2008 04:23:50 PM
"Why do some cashiers act like I have a 2nd head when I bring my own bags to the store?"

That's funny, I have the opposite experience. 

*snip*

Most cashiers though are just on auto pilot.  We say the same thing and do the same motion at least 100 times a day, so it's not surprising that they'd be caught off guard by someone who wanted something different.

Good point, Ashling.  You're dead on about the auto pilot response.  It's been many, many years since I worked in retail.  I should have remembered my own experiences running a register.  ::) :P  :)

The memory is the first to go...tsk  :)

Mz., er, um Giz :)  ;)




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on March 19, 2008 04:54:53 PM
Smallish rant here:  >:(

Why do some cashiers act like I have a 2nd head when I bring my own bags to the store?   ::)

I bring my own (some I've made, some storebought) to the grocery store with no problem.  The ladies at the grocery store are pretty cool.  It's when I've been venturing out of my "comfort zone" and shopping at the mall or other retail places where I get grief.

P'haps I'm reading too much into their reactions but I swear that the Plastic Bag Lobby has zombified the cashiers or something!  ::) :D

Gizmonic, I get the same reaction, because reuseable bags are just starting to become popular here, as well, and with the sole exception of the health food store, I always get strange looks...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jenna_08 on March 19, 2008 06:50:03 PM
I am not sure if someone asked about this or not... i tried to read through all the posts.  I tried to make one of these tonight, it turned out ok, except for the handels, when it says to sew the outsides together and continue on to the lining, can someone clarify that a little more for me... i am not sure how that works.  Any help would be great, as i am a little new to sewing and i think this bag is great... for what i have now it will do wonders.  Thanks for any help :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jiggs18 on March 20, 2008 04:26:19 AM
Love, love, love the bag but have two questions. Can't understand when to sew the outside seam of the handles. Tried to do it after sewing the U but that made it immpossible to turn right side out later on. Need help with this step.

Second. Do you use 5/8" seams?

Can't wait to whip a few out.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on March 20, 2008 06:11:48 AM
jiggs, when i made mine, i sewed the U  and the sides for each, then I turned one right side out, and inserted it inside the inside out one. (remember, right sides facing, patterns facing!) then i sewed the short edge of the handle.

then, i pulled them out, and still RSF, sewed the bottoms, but left a turning hole in the bottom of the lining.

I don't think this is exactly what the pattern calls for, but mine came out pretty ok when i did it this way.

i use 1/4 inch seam allowances, and then use pinking shears to trim some bulk if there is any.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on March 20, 2008 06:31:57 AM
OK.   Sew the U.  Then sew the other sides of the handles.  Leave about 1" at the top unsewen.   Then turn it inside out and iron.  Then after you put the right sides together.  At this point I like to match where the seam is on both sides and pin.  Now you are going to be sewing the tops of the handles together.  Follow directions for how to get started.  This is where some people get confused.  Basically the outside and lining are one piece so just sew across the top until you get to the end of the lining.   It's kinda like you are sewing the inside of a circle.
I have several of these to make in the next couple of days so I'm going to have to try how kmsmaverick does hers.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on March 20, 2008 02:06:27 PM
Wait! now that i think about it, I wonder if RSF and Patterns Facing isn't right.  Bronze frog, if you try my way, be sure to think it out first, perhaps even baste it rather than regular sewing.

it's a long time since i made one, and i'm just thinking that if you do RSF, and PF, then  you have to sort of pull them out and sew the sides flat. hmmmm. Perhaps i just contributed bad advice. I'll try to bust out my sewing machine this weekend, and take snaps as i go.

ETA!
alrighty then! Here are my snaps. now, i don't know if this is faster or slower than the original method, this is just more familiar to me, so i find it easier. truth be told, i never tried the original method because this came to me intuitively, and the result was successful. Perhaps i might give the Original method a try this weekend. YAY!

first, i sew both U's, and all four L's and turn one Right Side Out.


then i insert the RSO into the In Side Out one; RSF, and Patterns Facing.


then i put the Presser foot inside the handle, like this:


next, i sew the sides all the way up.


and pull the gusset similar to how i pull a box bottom corner. this helps me  make the fold of the gusset.
 

I sew all the way across the bottom, so the gusset is sewn folded. on the outside i sew all the way across, on the lining, i leave a turning hole.


i pull everything through, and press and top stitch the entire out side edges,


fold it up and use a handy dandy hair elastic to keep it neat.



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jenna_08 on March 20, 2008 02:21:48 PM
AH HA!!  You ever have a moment when the light bulb goes off and you are like DUH!  Thats how i feel right now... i think i might have figured it out, ill have to try when i get home, but i wasnt sewing the U part completely, and leaving a 1" or so on both sides, so they were not connected... it all makes sense now!  Thanks for the help, ill try again this weekend, and try to post some pictures of them :)  Yeah i am excited now!   ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kaishabackwards on March 20, 2008 03:09:41 PM
This looks great!  And I love the tute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on March 20, 2008 04:58:36 PM
I am not sure if someone asked about this or not... i tried to read through all the posts.  I tried to make one of these tonight, it turned out ok, except for the handels, when it says to sew the outsides together and continue on to the lining, can someone clarify that a little more for me... i am not sure how that works.  Any help would be great, as i am a little new to sewing and i think this bag is great... for what i have now it will do wonders.  Thanks for any help :)

Jenna, what I did was put the outer fabric next to the inner fabric right sides together and sew the "neckline" of the bag and the "sleeve" of the bag (you can tell I'm used to clothing patterns, huh?), leaving about 1˝ inches at the top of each seam.  Repeat with the other outer and inner fabric.

Then turn right side out and kinda finger press the seams (oh, you're supposed to clip the curves so that the bag actually lays right, I forgot to do that) then put the front and back pieces together with the outer fabric on the inside and push the lining out of the way.  You are JUST going to sew the shoulder's together of the outer fabric, and once you get to the end of it, you will pull the lining up and kinda scrunch the lining around in circle so that you are just sewing the two lining pieces together at the shoulder and sew.  Repeat with the other shoulder.

I will try and put together a video of it and post the link to it in a bit, because it is easier to show you then to tell you.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jenna_08 on March 21, 2008 12:20:04 PM
Here is a picture of the one that i made the other night, that i had a little trouble on, but i think it turned out pretty cute :) 


(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=117470)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: nataluna on March 21, 2008 01:08:37 PM
jenna - it came out really nice!
i like the fun fabrics/colors


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: imrahil on March 25, 2008 11:41:32 AM
I've made two, but I left out the pocket, I just stuff them into my backpack instead. They can hold a lot more food than the plastic ones, even though plastic bags in Sweden are way sturdier than the ones you get in the USA.
This is the first one I made.

This one is newe but has more mistakes because of the annoying thin lining that kept wrinkling, but who cares ;D I tried to print a bunch of wizards on it, but I forgot to put cardboard inside first so it has nice black blotches on the other side. The good thing is I don't do the same silly mistake twice so the next time I'll remember the cardboard.



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: summertimerolls on March 25, 2008 02:42:04 PM
Smallish rant here:  >:(

Why do some cashiers act like I have a 2nd head when I bring my own bags to the store?   ::)

I bring my own (some I've made, some storebought) to the grocery store with no problem.  The ladies at the grocery store are pretty cool.  It's when I've been venturing out of my "comfort zone" and shopping at the mall or other retail places where I get grief.

P'haps I'm reading too much into their reactions but I swear that the Plastic Bag Lobby has zombified the cashiers or something!  ::) :D

Gizmonic, I get the same reaction, because reuseable bags are just starting to become popular here, as well, and with the sole exception of the health food store, I always get strange looks...

Wanna hear something funny?  I haven't made my own bags YET, but I've bought a couple.  I bought one at wal-greens (drug store) and the cashier folded it up and PUT IT IN a plastic bag.  I took it out and said, "could you just put my stuff in this?" and the cashier was very, very puzzled.  I certainly don't think they had been trained to push the reusable bags, she didn't even know what they were!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on March 25, 2008 02:49:36 PM
summertimerolls - that is CRAZY! The local shops are used to me with my fabric bags now but clothes shops in the city look at you askance if you don't want their plastic, as if not using their bags is akin to not paying for your goods! I only found this out recently and was quite put out by it as I'd only ever had positive responses before.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Snoozy on March 25, 2008 06:11:48 PM
Wanna hear something funny?  I haven't made my own bags YET, but I've bought a couple.  I bought one at wal-greens (drug store) and the cashier folded it up and PUT IT IN a plastic bag.  I took it out and said, "could you just put my stuff in this?" and the cashier was very, very puzzled.  I certainly don't think they had been trained to push the reusable bags, she didn't even know what they were!!!

I've had this too! Even in a city where most supermarkets sell the bags, I've had them put the bag IN a plastic bag, and need to be told to put everything else in the bag...

I raided my mum's "thrifted for nice fabric" stash over the weekend, and have a bunch of skirts to make bags from. I can't wait to get time to do it! I am hoping that if I make my own rather than using the boring ones from the supermarket, I'll remember to take them with me!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rottenlittleboys on March 25, 2008 06:27:30 PM
Smallish rant here:  >:(

Why do some cashiers act like I have a 2nd head when I bring my own bags to the store?   ::)

I bring my own (some I've made, some storebought) to the grocery store with no problem.  The ladies at the grocery store are pretty cool.  It's when I've been venturing out of my "comfort zone" and shopping at the mall or other retail places where I get grief.

P'haps I'm reading too much into their reactions but I swear that the Plastic Bag Lobby has zombified the cashiers or something!  ::) :D

When I have just a few items, I opt for no bag at all. Especially for drinks we buy while out.

But one cashier at the local convienece store just can not understand I do not need a bag each time. Yesterday, she argued with me that I could not carry the three drinks and one candy bar out in my hands, even though I had my two sons with me, both old enough to carry their drinks. Three times I told her 'No, I don't need a bag'. Each time she would ask 'But how will you carry it out?' or 'But they (the kids) will make a mess in the car. You can use the bag to toss the bottles away' as if the only way to get rid of plastic bottles is to toss them away. No wonder recycling is so low around here.

Finally, after she had begun to bag my items, I said, 'No, I really don't want a bag' and began to pick things up off the counter and left.

I wonder what will happen when I begin taking my own bags there? Maybe her head will explode.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on March 25, 2008 07:18:50 PM
One of the things that kills me is when I used to ask for paper bags, and they'd pack the paper bags, and then put the paper bag in a plastic bag! Also, if I tell a cashier I don't need a bag after they've already put one in, they take my item out, and toss the bag aside...and I'm sure they probably chuck it. Heaven forbid the next customer gets a "used" bag!

I keep my bag of bags on the floor in the front seat of the car so I remember to bring them into the store. Then, once I unload them in the house, I hang them on the doorknob so I remember to put them back in the car the next time I go out. It's the only way I'll remember!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: nataluna on March 26, 2008 07:32:40 AM
Quote from: summertimerolls
Wanna hear something funny?  I haven't made my own bags YET, but I've bought a couple.  I bought one at wal-greens (drug store) and the cashier folded it up and PUT IT IN a plastic bag.  I took it out and said, "could you just put my stuff in this?" and the cashier was very, very puzzled.  I certainly don't think they had been trained to push the reusable bags, she didn't even know what they were!!!

I had the same thing happen at Target!!  (they have a really nice design on their reusable bags, too!)
http://patternfabricandthread.blogspot.com/2007/08/reusable-bags.html look further down the post...

On the tangent of who sells pretty recycled/reusable bags, i wanted for some reason to show the ones from Pier1 that have a picture of bamboo on them.  But i can't find this picture online.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: nataluna on March 26, 2008 07:34:14 AM
I keep my bag of bags on the floor in the front seat of the car so I remember to bring them into the store. Then, once I unload them in the house, I hang them on the doorknob so I remember to put them back in the car the next time I go out. It's the only way I'll remember!

We probably need to do that, as both my husband and i keep forgetting (or sporadically remembering) to bring them from the trunk.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: panda on March 26, 2008 06:23:45 PM
Well, I know it has taken awhile and I have made some others and gave them away.  But I can post this one cause the frog swap is over.




This is out of the large plastic bag tutorial, but I wanted one smaller so when I came across the small one I made a pattern.  It is just like the large one, thank you for the tutorial Queenodfiy.



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: imrahil on March 27, 2008 02:59:13 AM
panda that's a wonderful frog fabric! and your bags look great!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: babyimbadnewss on March 27, 2008 03:28:44 PM
Thanks for the amazing tutorial! ;D :-*


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ThreadOrYarn on March 28, 2008 02:30:02 PM
...I just say "Do you want a bag?"  ... but some people are downright rude about it, and say "yes" in such a condescending tone, like I'm trying to cheat them out of their precious trash, or something.  ::)

I know those people! The best I can figure from talking to them is that they figure is that prices are 'too high" so the store had better give them a bag because they're paying for it! And sort of related is that the store is making a 'big enough' profit why add to it by saving them the cost of the bags?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rmember_myreply on April 04, 2008 09:39:01 PM




Here are my bags! I decided to make these when my mom discovered 600+ plastic bags i kept "meaning to recycle" under my sink while helping me clean my apt. She threw them away and i almost threw up. all that plastic. from then on, i vowed to myself i'd never bring home another damned plastic bag. then, i looked up tutes on craftster and i was hooked on this pattern! I decided the most i would need at one time was 5... and that's because i only go shopping every 2-3 weeks.

I also had an aha! moment trying to figure out this bag, which, i had with the Jordy as well. the tutorial was amazing once i wrapped my head around it! i accidentally sewed up the handles with no holes for your hands. oops! you really are an inventive chica, though. i used them at kroger 2 days ago and they held SO much, and the bagger didn't blink an eye when i said i had my own bag.

i was having a hard time with the french seam, so i just made a little bias tape out of my lining and covered the raw edge at the bottom with that. as you can see, my bags are black and white patterned outside with bright solids on the inside. i got all of my fabric at joanns... unfortunately the closest nice fabric store is Paducah, KY about an hour and 15 mins away :(

i made sure to make some with "boy" colors and patterns too so maybe i can con my bf into using them :)

thank you so much again!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: stick on April 04, 2008 09:50:59 PM
whoa rmember_myreply, those bags are awesome!  Are they made using Fat Quarters?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cowgirlz101 on April 05, 2008 03:51:20 AM
I really like the patterns of all those bags! Great job, ....share the tute? :o


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: erin33084 on April 05, 2008 06:36:19 AM

i used them at kroger 2 days ago and they held SO much, and the bagger didn't blink an eye when i said i had my own bag.

i made sure to make some with "boy" colors and patterns too so maybe i can con my bf into using them :)
rmember_myreply--I use my bags at Kroger too, and I have found the baggers extremely accepting, unlike the experiences of some folks who've tried to use them. Go Kroger!

And unlike you...I didn't even think about doing boy colors. I just bought some $1 florals at Walmart. And now my DH is a little embarrassed to carry them!  :) So, way to think ahead!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 05, 2008 07:10:34 AM
I tried as much as I could and I was totally unable to get my bag in to the pocket...  :(
But then on the other hand - I don't see me needing the pocket anyway - so the rest of the ones that I am making will not have pockets - I figure they will be nicely folded up inside of one of the bags and that will be good for me  ;D

One down = about 11 more to go for my household - big shopping days every other week or so... mini shopping in between..

Loving the prints that everyone has been using.
I am just using stash material that I don't think I will use for one reason or another.

I am hoping to get a few more done before going to Publix tomorrow... first thing in the morning since today I have my machine knitting group meeting this afternoon...

no rest for the wickedly crafty.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: zazazoom on April 05, 2008 08:06:35 AM
i was having a hard time with the french seam, so i just made a little bias tape out of my lining and covered the raw edge at the bottom with that.

This just makes me laugh because by no means am I an expert seamstress and one of the only seams I can do and feel proud of are French seams! I feel like they are cheatsy even! Like oh- I can do a French seam in a bag because it's hidden!!!- kind of seam.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 05, 2008 08:27:17 AM
I had never done a French seam before making this bag - and now I can see using it for a ton of things!  I was going to make some mesh beach bags for my boys and have decided to do French seams all the way around on them since it was so great - I loved the self contained edges to it.  I wish I had known about them ages ago.

I'll post up pics of my bags after I get more done...!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pfirsch on April 05, 2008 09:08:34 AM
I really like the patterns of all those bags! Great job, ....share the tute? :o
Check the first post.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rmember_myreply on April 05, 2008 04:26:38 PM
whoa rmember_myreply, those bags are awesome!  Are they made using Fat Quarters?

no, i found out if you ask for a 1/2 yard cut, open it, and fold it like a "hot dog" (the long way) then in half the other way (where the crease is), then line up the fold with the fold of your pattern, making sure the cut out middle part is facing the middle fold, then you can cut out the bag, and use the middle part as your pocket, and there are NO scraps! woo hoo! (i hate scraps because i hate throwing them away)

thanks for the compliments!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 05, 2008 05:56:50 PM
I am definitely going to give your hotdog cut and fold method a try tomorrow - very ingenious!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: yellowduckie on April 05, 2008 06:22:11 PM

no, i found out if you ask for a 1/2 yard cut, open it, and fold it like a "hot dog" (the long way) then in half the other way (where the crease is), then line up the fold with the fold of your pattern, making sure the cut out middle part is facing the middle fold, then you can cut out the bag, and use the middle part as your pocket, and there are NO scraps!


Oh wow.  That is so cool. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: stick on April 05, 2008 07:03:46 PM
I was wondering how much fabric you had to use... so it takes that much fabric huh?  And that is only the outside or the liner, isn't it.... so technically you need 1 yard total to make a bag and the liner.

*Scurries to craft room to see what fabrics she has 1/2 yards of*


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HippieKender on April 05, 2008 07:29:35 PM
Well, I tried this tutorial today ... and didn't do so well :(  I think I missed a step because my handles turned out inside-out but everything else was right-side-out.  :/  I blame DH for being on my computer while I was trying to make the bag.  ;)
I also used a heavy fabric - it was my old sofa's slip cover.  I will definitely be using a light weight fabric next time.  I broke a needle trying to sew the straps in half.  DH mocked my "tarp bag" because of it's weight.
But I am super excited to try this again ... it's also an excuse to take a trip to the fabric store :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on April 07, 2008 06:28:49 AM
hippie kender, the joke will be on your husband when he has to carry the tarp Bag full of canned goods! hee.




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 07, 2008 06:55:22 AM
So I used my reusable shopping bag for the first time today - to see how much they hold. The cashier gave me a bit of a sneer but the bagger guy was thrilled.  He said that he loads them up.  I told him I wanted to see how much that baby could hold - he put 14 things in there - all of my cold stuff, 4 ears of corn included.  I am definitely going to be making more of these bags!
I am completely sold on them!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HippieKender on April 07, 2008 07:47:14 AM
hippie kender, the joke will be on your husband when he has to carry the tarp Bag full of canned goods! hee.

Heehee, I like the way you think!  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on April 07, 2008 08:40:26 AM
I tried as much as I could and I was totally unable to get my bag in to the pocket... 

Hey ya Craftydeb,
SOMEWHERE on this incredibly popular thread are the instructions to folding the bag into itself WITHOUT the outside pocket.   


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on April 07, 2008 08:41:04 AM
no, i found out if you ask for a 1/2 yard cut, open it, and fold it like a "hot dog" (the long way) then in half the other way (where the crease is), then line up the fold with the fold of your pattern, making sure the cut out middle part is facing the middle fold, then you can cut out the bag, and use the middle part as your pocket, and there are NO scraps! woo hoo! (i hate scraps because i hate throwing them away)
thanks for the compliments!


though you can only use this method if you aren't using fabric that has a print that goes in a specific direction... because this is the way I was making mine at Christmas (makes cutting SO much quicker) and it ended up being a problem when I cut some that the print was supposed to face the same direction, so one side of my bag ended up being upside down (fabric print wise).


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on April 07, 2008 08:48:04 AM
Oh yea, my dad was up for a visit this weekend and he was using his bag that I made him for Christmas, he said he loves it, uses it all the time, yay!


Now I have to make 2 sets for donating to 2 different craft fair silent auctions.  Though I can't decide how many should go in a set (for this purpose), if I was giving a gift of them, I would just do a set of 2, but for the auctions I am thinking more like 4, what do you guys think would be appropriate?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on April 07, 2008 08:49:09 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/emmalee/DSC00905.jpg[/img][/center]

 . .my bags are black and white patterned outside with bright solids on the inside.

Those colored bias tape bags could be color coded for content, as in, cold stuff in blue, veggies in green, etc.   


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 07, 2008 09:09:17 AM
I think 4 would be best for the auction - this way people can pretty much use them for the bulk of their shopping... I probably could fill 4-6 bags in my big shopping trips...
I vote for 4.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on April 07, 2008 09:44:41 AM
i vote for 4 too. especially if they are similar prints and fabrics. if there are 4, people at the auction will be more inclined to bid on the complete set, thus raising more money, yay!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on April 07, 2008 10:26:28 AM
i vote for 4 too. especially if they are similar prints and fabrics. if there are 4, people at the auction will be more inclined to bid on the complete set, thus raising more money, yay!

I concur.  4 is more a complete number, since a set would be 4 (so says the craftster too lazy to make 2 more to complete her set) especially if the prints were similar...it's easier to justify buying a 4 pc set, then 4 individual bags


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HippieKender on April 07, 2008 04:25:24 PM
After finding my kitchen chairs covered with plastic bags filled with more plastic bags, I decided I had to try my hand at making some of these.

Thought I was joking?  Nope!  When I took these to the recycle place at the grocery store, I completely filled the container!
I know a lot of stores are selling reusable bags for pretty cheap.  There’s a reason they are cheap... most of them are not very good looking!  Neither was my first attempt at this tutorial though.  I skipped a very important step, turn bag right side out, and my handles were inside out at the end while the rest was right side out.  I also used really thick fabric (what used to be my sofa’s slip cover) making it heavy and hard to sew through.  So I tried again today.  I didn’t want to waste any good fabric should I screw up again, so I found some old baby blankets.  Who knows why I have been saving them, they’re the tiny, super-thin kind.  I didn’t have enough to make the outside one fabric and the inside another, so I used 4 different blankets pieced together. I didn't add a pocket.  I thought the bag was busy enough without adding another print to the front.

It’s large enough to fit 2 gallons of milk

and strong enough to hold at least 8 cans without fear of the bag breaking

It also doesn’t cut into my hands like the plastic bags do when they are heavy.
My daughter loves the bag.  She was trying to put it on her head while I was sewing it.  As soon as it was finished, she snatched it and ran away with it.  She was using it to tote her care bears around. :D
I plan to make many more ... in nicer fabric of course!  Plus it makes me feel good to know I am not wasting all those plastic bags that just sit in the landfills.
Sorry for the super long post ...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on April 07, 2008 07:41:55 PM
I think the baby blanket bag is adorable!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on April 07, 2008 11:25:49 PM
I think the baby blanket bag is really sweet  ;D When I make these for myself I use all my leftover fabrics, I only make pretty ones as gifts *lol* Old pillow cases work well  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on April 07, 2008 11:45:58 PM
no, i found out if you ask for a 1/2 yard cut, open it, and fold it like a "hot dog" (the long way) then in half the other way (where the crease is), then line up the fold with the fold of your pattern, making sure the cut out middle part is facing the middle fold, then you can cut out the bag, and use the middle part as your pocket, and there are NO scraps! woo hoo! (i hate scraps because i hate throwing them away)
thanks for the compliments!


though you can only use this method if you aren't using fabric that has a print that goes in a specific direction... because this is the way I was making mine at Christmas (makes cutting SO much quicker) and it ended up being a problem when I cut some that the print was supposed to face the same direction, so one side of my bag ended up being upside down (fabric print wise).

Solution!  fold it hotdog style, then the other way and cut it along the second fold! turn the top piece so that the prints are going the same way, the position the pattern!

also, i am so cool. i am using my wii to internet!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 08, 2008 04:03:41 AM
HippieKender - did you save your template for cutting?  I'd love the dimensions for your bag that can hold 2 gallons of milk - I haven't tried 2 in mine but I am pretty certain that it is not wide enough.

I am hoping to make several of these this weekend - my husband is taking the boys to grandma's house on Saturday and I am going to stay home and sew - I am soooo excited!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on April 08, 2008 05:40:55 AM
I use 2 pieces of 2/3 yard of fabric.   


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HippieKender on April 08, 2008 08:21:20 AM
HippieKender - did you save your template for cutting?  I'd love the dimensions for your bag that can hold 2 gallons of milk - I haven't tried 2 in mine but I am pretty certain that it is not wide enough.


I hope you can read this.  If the forum shrinks my image too much, right click and view image.
I trimmed the handles and a bit of the top of the bag to make them straighter.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 08, 2008 09:30:18 AM
Thank you sooo much!  I am going to use your dimensions for my next bag!
Definitely readable too  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jenna_08 on April 08, 2008 01:00:19 PM
So i know awhile back i was having trouble with the handles on this bag, but i tried again last night and it worked!  Really well!  Yeah!  ;D  Now that i know for sure how to do this, ill make lots more!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Homerof2 on April 11, 2008 06:07:27 PM
I've been wanting to make one of these for quite some time and when one of my swap partners listed one, I decided to try it.  I think the tutorial is great!


                 

I lined my with quite heavy fabric and it can actually stand open on it's own.  If I make more in the future, I'll make it with lighter lining fabric as I don't think it could ever fold into itself if I wanted to add the pocket.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 11, 2008 06:09:23 PM
I saw a tutorial on how to fold these without having to use the pocket... okay... it was here on Craftster somewhere and for the life of me I don't know where I saw it now and I thought to myself hey that  makes perfect sense and figured I would remember how to do it but if you asked me now there is no way on earth I could tell you how to do it.. something about folding the handle this way and this part that way and this part that way...

I know.  I am no help.
 :-\


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: CohesiveChaos on April 11, 2008 06:11:21 PM
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=239478.10;topicseen LOL I was just about to post this link over there too since some are asking how to make them eventhough I did mine differently I can see how this would be good to cross post :)  The folding tutorial is on the first page a few posts down :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 11, 2008 06:21:53 PM
aha! that is it!  I am glad someone else saw it - and was able to post it. :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on April 11, 2008 06:45:04 PM
Here's a link to the image on the thread.  I've actually saved this one and printed it out to put with the gifts that I made without pockets.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.msg2239704;topicseen#msg2239704


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: eirle on April 12, 2008 10:08:06 AM
keeperrox -- I included that with all of the bags I gave away as holiday presents, too!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Vicky B on April 18, 2008 09:54:11 PM
I just made a shopping bag.  I made the handles longer, and added a couple of inside pockets to put carkeys, cell phones etc. inside the bag.  You never know what the bag could end up being used for.  Thank you so much for the great directions.  I used the same fabric for both sides (using what I had on hand of course.  I am thinking of trying to make one out of denim from old jeans for one side.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: DeannaLynn06 on April 18, 2008 10:54:47 PM
oh my gosh i love this, i have some of the reusable totes for my groceries, but they are so big. Sometimes all you need is a small shopping bag size. Thanks for the detailed tute. I will definitely be make this soon.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Vicky B on April 19, 2008 09:59:59 AM
I just made another shopping bag with the regular size handles.  I used a colorful unused pillowcase that came with a sheet set from a thrift store.  I made a "scrub top" from part on one of the sheets for my daughter, but have lots of fabric left.  It took one pillowcase to make the lined shopping bag.  I pieced some of the scraps from the leftover scraps between the handles to make an outside pocket, and a smaller inside pocket.  2nd one went faster, but still took me 1 3/4's hour.  That was after taking all the stitching out of the original pillowcase first.  I am sure I can get the time faster, especially if I made 2 at once. This one is going for a birthday gift.  Thank you so much for the person that did such great pictures.  I also located the simple way to fold the bag up, that is probably easier than stuffing it into the pocket, but the pocket is very nice for whatever needs arises.   My daughter thought the pocket was a great place for the shopping list!!  : )


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: riju114 on April 19, 2008 02:33:37 PM
I just finished my first one and must say that eventhough I didn't have a sample plastic bag it turned out quite well. The bag is all blue: green and blue stripes on the outside and basic plain blue on the inside with a pocket made from leftover "outside" fabric.
Next time, the handles will definitely be longer since it was really tight sewing french seams on the handles. But nevertheless the bag is nice and roomy :)

Thank you sooo much for the idea! I will definitely come back to it again!


Title: I MADE MINE,I LUV IT...
Post by: vampink on April 21, 2008 03:58:54 PM
 I SAW THESE AWSOME IDEAL,AND I WANTED MY OWN FABRIC BAG,'CAUSE I WANNA USE LESS PLASTIC & BEING A CHIC SHOPER.
 I MADE MINE IN DENIM WITH ANIMAL PRINT,THE INSIDE IS SILVER COLOR.

 GREETING FROM MEXICO,SORRY IF MY ENGLISH SUCKS

 
I COULDN'T SHOW U 'CAUSE I NEED TO POST 10 COOMMENS,BUT U CAN SEE IT ON MY PROFILE
 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on April 22, 2008 05:57:45 PM
We have some "friends" who we spend a moderate amount of time with, and who are very dedicated to decreasing their negative impact on the earth...I offered to make them, for free, a custom set of these bags. I told them I would pay close attention to detail, making sure they looked 100% storebought, and do it for free. They looked at me kind of strange, and said "We'll think about it, but probably no."

So, I figured they just weren't interested...But, a few days ago, we went out shopping with them and they bought a SINGLE roll-up, ugly, nylon, reusable "green" shopping bag for SEVEN DOLLARS to "support the cause" !!!!!!

grr!

I am SO ticked off about this. I seriously don't even want to talk to them. -_-


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on April 23, 2008 12:55:23 AM
We have some "friends" who we spend a moderate amount of time with, and who are very dedicated to decreasing their negative impact on the earth...I offered to make them, for free, a custom set of these bags. I told them I would pay close attention to detail, making sure they looked 100% storebought, and do it for free. They looked at me kind of strange, and said "We'll think about it, but probably no."

So, I figured they just weren't interested...But, a few days ago, we went out shopping with them and they bought a SINGLE roll-up, ugly, nylon, reusable "green" shopping bag for SEVEN DOLLARS to "support the cause" !!!!!!

grr!

I am SO ticked off about this. I seriously don't even want to talk to them. -_-

**shakes head** you just can't please some people  ::)

We were queuing in our local store when the woman who was being served was moaning about the useless plastic bags, how flimsy etc and then went on the say that no-one brought their own bags to shop anymore. I was thinking "why moan about it, bloody do it woman!"  ;D The assistant pointed to me and hubby and said "they do, every time" . I felt really good *lol*


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: meiserlee on April 23, 2008 07:32:01 AM
i am totally in love with these bags!! i am not the best seamstress around, but these bags were easy peasy.  i had a slight problem with figuring out how to connect the tops of the handles but once i looked at the pattern again, it just jumped out at me.  I also added two short ties in the middle of the top part so that i can roll them up instead of trying to stuff them into a pocket.  way to go for whoever posted how to fold them in on themselves without a pocket....
i actually took a few bags to wal-mart yesterday (they are not exactly known for using handmade bags) and the guy actually used them and stuffed them full!  it could have just been because they weren't busy at the time, though.  oh well, i usually shop at aldi anyway.
has anyone thought how dumb wal-mart is for trying to "go green" by advertising all of their environmentally friendly products, and then you go out into the parking lot and see all the trash blowing around the lot that ends up stuck in people's yards and on their fences?  way to go, big W!  start cleaning up the earth one parking lot at a time!
this post is in no way meant to slam Wal-Mart, just venting. (and I am by no means the only one with these opinions)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on April 24, 2008 01:52:41 PM
I just finished up the set of 4 bags for the silent auction for the festival I am doing this weekend.
I used fabrics from the new Amy Butler line and I love love love how they turned out.  Here's to hoping they raise lots of money for the local La Leche League.





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on April 24, 2008 02:54:53 PM
Ooooh! Fantastic fabric choices! I'd totally bid on those... I bet they'll raise lots of $$


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: stick on April 24, 2008 03:14:40 PM
They turned out great Zelda.Suicide!!!  I just know they will raise a ton of money!  Best of luck at the festival!  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ruby_soho on April 24, 2008 03:49:04 PM
it's been asked before, but never answered:  how much fabric per bag?  or, alternatively, how many can you get from a yard? 

TIA, i want to go to the fabric store and get started ASAP :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on April 24, 2008 04:15:16 PM
I chose to make deeper bag, to hold more grocerys, and unfortunately I can only get one side of one bag out of a width of fabric.  That means I need just about 3/4 of a yard for either the outer part or the lining of the bag!  Fine for me, not so much for gifts or other purposes, though.  If you make sure that your pattern is less than 1 width of fabric, then you should be able to use 1/2 yard for the outer portion and 1/2 yard for the lining...

...ummmmmm, does that make any sense?  Because when I just read it back, I'm not so sure. ::)

Basically, what I'm trying to say is, it all depends on how big the bag you are using for your pattern is.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ruby_soho on April 24, 2008 05:42:22 PM
so theoretically with one yard of fabric a and one yard of fabric b i could make two full lined bags?  if i made them with standard grocery-size plastic bags?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on April 24, 2008 05:44:35 PM
so theoretically with one yard of fabric a and one yard of fabric b i could make two full lined bags?  if i made them with standard grocery-size plastic bags?

Theoretically, yes.  Just make sure when you're deciding on the pattern you want to use that it's less then 1 width of the fabric you're using.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ruby_soho on April 24, 2008 05:51:37 PM
(just want to make sure i'm understanding this correctly :D) so i should lay the bag i'm planning to use for the pattern down with the bottom side toward the cut edge and make sure i can fit it twice?  is that right?  ???


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 24, 2008 06:06:22 PM
I cut out a bag today - what I did was fold the material in half one way and in half the other way, making sure the folded side would be where I needed it to be - then cut.  I was able to get it cut out nicely. The thing is that say your material is 45" wide - you don't want your template to be wider than 22 1/2" wide - which it probably wouldn't be. 



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ruby_soho on April 24, 2008 06:24:43 PM
oooh okay, gotcha.  so we're going with approximately 1 bag per yard?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 24, 2008 06:26:51 PM
I think that was about what I used for mine.  I am planning on making another tomorrow.  I can check to see the yardage used but my best guess is a half yard of outer and a half of inner material.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ruby_soho on April 24, 2008 06:27:45 PM
that works - thanks for the help, ladies :D 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sansa on April 24, 2008 08:53:59 PM
My new pet peeve. The last three times I have handed over my bags at the supermarket, the cashier has asked "Do you want me to use these?"

So far I have just answered "Yes" and kept the sarcastic remarks to myself. It's getting hard though.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on April 24, 2008 09:19:14 PM
My new pet peeve. The last three times I have handed over my bags at the supermarket, the cashier has asked "Do you want me to use these?"

So far I have just answered "Yes" and kept the sarcastic remarks to myself. It's getting hard though.

Well you are far more polite than I. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Ashling on April 24, 2008 09:54:03 PM
I just say "I have my own bag" before they start to ring me up.   Please don't be mean, we cashiers are people too.  Tell us what you want so we don't have to ask silly questions.  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sansa on April 25, 2008 02:49:09 AM
That's usually what I say. Especially if it's just a few things. I hold the first bag open and have the others on top of the groceries. I'm not sure what anwer other than yes they are expecting. "No, I'm just really proud of my bag-making skills and like to show them off to strangers. Please, put my groceries in the plastic"

I'm only sarcastic in my head, my words are polite.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 25, 2008 04:21:21 AM
I am hoping that over the next few years that fabric grocery bags will become more common place... that is my hope.  I get the confused eye when I tell cashiers that I don't want a bag at all - if it is something I can just carry I don't want or need a bag.  I tell them that I have a bag of bags at home with a bag of bags inside another  bag of bags and I don't need to add to it...

I tried to do some short cuts on my fabric grocery bag... after about oh 2 hours of fiddling with it I figured it was time to leave well enough alone... and I walked away.. sometimes you just have to walk away.. I will try again today and see if I have any better luck...

I am trying to not have to sew the top straps - so cut the bag out in two pieces - an outer and an inner fabric I will play with it and if I have success I will pass along my results...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on April 25, 2008 05:41:26 AM
yes, i bet that will work- you'll just match the straps first, then sew up the sides right sides together, and then the bottoms. i bet that will work very well.




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on April 25, 2008 06:07:42 AM
We were queuing in our local store when the woman who was being served was moaning about the useless plastic bags, how flimsy etc and then went on the say that no-one brought their own bags to shop anymore. I was thinking "why moan about it, bloody do it woman!"  ;D The assistant pointed to me and hubby and said "they do, every time" . I felt really good *lol* [/color]

Maybe you should start selling them and when you hear comments like that hand out your business card.

it's been asked before, but never answered:  how much fabric per bag?  or, alternatively, how many can you get from a yard? 

I use 2/3 of a yard per side.  So that would be 1 1/3 yard total.   I use 1/2 width of the piece for the width of my bag.   So basically that's 2/3yard high and 22 1/2inches wide. That is wider than the standard plastic bag but I like the bigger bag.

I am so bad.   I have made many bags for swaps but have yet to make any for myself.   I was so shocked the other day when WalMart was handing out shopping bags.   I grabbed a couple to use until I manage to make myself some bags.   I've used them twice.  I put them on the belt before my groceries and the cashiers automatically put the groceries in them.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on April 25, 2008 07:01:28 AM
It's funny, i was just telling my mom the other day, that when i am old i'm going to be an old biddy. how do i know? because i already am an old biddy. especially at the grocery checkout. I put the bags on the belt with the items i want to go in them.

that doesn't really work though, because the poor baggers and cashiers have spent a lifetime enduring the wrath of people who have smooshed bread, so they have a system they use that's hard for them to break: "Do not put the bananas with anything else! even if it is more produce!" "Do not put meat in a bag with anything else!" "No food with cleaning products! ack!"  I feel tremendously sheepish sometimes, because they can't win for trying. People are either miffed because they got too many bags, or miffed because their bread is smooshed beneath the canned goods. And the poor kid behind the counter is just doing his best. 

it's like craftydeb says though, once the reusable bags (ours and the once from the shop) become the norm, the bagging will follow suit.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Lisa C on April 25, 2008 07:48:27 AM
I plan to try this Tute this afternoon, I have a couple suggestions and comments so bare with me.

1 I went to the Salvation Army thrift store the other day and got two peices of very nice fabric for a dollar total, and it was somewhere close to four metres of material. used clothing stores are great for stuff like this.

2. I saw somewhere that a lady (can't remember who) put little ribbon loops on the bags so the cashiers could hook them to there bag holders in the store, I hope that makes sense, I was thinking of using hair elastics. This might make it a little easier for the poor cashiers that are dealing with this transition from plastic to cloth.

3 I live in Nova Scotia Canada and they are talking about outlawing plastic bags here all together so I think it might be a great money making tool for me to make and sell them, has anyone tried to sell them and what do you charge for something like that.

thanks comments welcome and appreciated.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ruby_soho on April 25, 2008 08:19:37 AM
oh, the loops are a really good idea... do you have a pic of that example?  i'd like to see where they put the loops...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on April 25, 2008 08:38:17 AM
I have seen them ranging from $10 to $35 on etsy (I personally wouldn't pay $35 for a grocery bag, especially when you can them from Target for $1-$2), but I think $15 seems reasonable for a bag like this.  But I probably lowball all my prices when I sell stuff, so who knows...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on April 25, 2008 09:36:39 AM
It's funny, i was just telling my mom the other day, that when i am old i'm going to be an old biddy. how do i know? because i already am an old biddy. especially at the grocery checkout. I put the bags on the belt with the items i want to go in them.

that doesn't really work though, because the poor baggers and cashiers have spent a lifetime enduring the wrath of people who have smooshed bread, so they have a system they use that's hard for them to break: "Do not put the bananas with anything else! even if it is more produce!" "Do not put meat in a bag with anything else!" "No food with cleaning products! ack!"  I feel tremendously sheepish sometimes, because they can't win for trying. People are either miffed because they got too many bags, or miffed because their bread is smooshed beneath the canned goods. And the poor kid behind the counter is just doing his best. 

it's like craftydeb says though, once the reusable bags (ours and the once from the shop) become the norm, the bagging will follow suit.

This is why I love shopping at the more traditionally laid-out grocery stores, like Dillons and Food 4 Less, where they scan your food and then slide it over for the carryout boy to bag. It is usually no work at all to charm the carryout boy out of the way so I can bag my own groceries, since I am a champion bagger (you get that way after 5 years of working checkout at different big box marts...). They are always a little surprised at how efficiently I can bag my groceries, putting bread loaves on top of cartons of eggs, and produce on top of canned goods, etc.

Also, how fast have some of you managed to make these? I may have a HUUUGE order for them coming up (for the summer reading programs at our local library) and I'm wondering how much time it's going to take to make, like, 40 of them. Yeesh, just looking at that number makes me squeamish. I don't know if I can keep making the same thing that many times in a row...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on April 25, 2008 10:07:42 AM
champion bagger. hee. I can make them in about two hours, material cutting to finish seaming.

perhaps the summer reading program can take them in partial deliveries- say 10, bags every week or so.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Lisa C on April 25, 2008 12:07:58 PM
This is the one that had the little tabs to hook on the bag holder at the store.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=228521.0

this isn't the exact same bag but with the pattern in this tute you would put the  loop between the handles I hope this makes sense I always worry that my explanations just add to the confusion, LOL!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: stacey87 on April 25, 2008 12:55:07 PM
I'm definitely going to try and make one of these bags. I'm not so sure what I would use it for seeing as I don't grocery shop right now (mom does it).



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on April 25, 2008 01:20:07 PM
stacey87, make some for your Mom  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ThreadOrYarn on April 25, 2008 01:38:56 PM
I'm definitely going to try and make one of these bags. I'm not so sure what I would use it for seeing as I don't grocery shop right now (mom does it).

Make one for yourself for when you go shopping (craft-stash, books, clothes, whatever)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on April 25, 2008 03:32:42 PM
It's funny, i was just telling my mom the other day, that when i am old i'm going to be an old biddy. how do i know? because i already am an old biddy. especially at the grocery checkout. I put the bags on the belt with the items i want to go in them.


I too am that old bitty.  I put stuff on the belt the order I want it bagged.   They always mess things up.  I stand right there at the end of the counter and rearrange stuff.   One of my biggies is having them put the meat in a separate bag.  They just can't figure that out and I always have to ask.   Today I bought magazines and a cleaning item in a spray bottle among other things.   I had put the magazines on the belt as like the third item and put the cleaning item at the end.  They packed them together.  I grabbed the magazines out of that bag and put them with my chips.  Sure enough the cleaning item fell over in the car and leaked.  My fault because I usually check to see if the lid is on tight but at least I saved the magazines.

The problem I can see with eliminating plastic bags is I wouldn't want to put my meat in my fabric bags.   :P

I have been getting fabric from the thrift store as well as sheets.  I also have gotten sheets at walmart that are around $3 for a flat twin to use as the lining fabric.    I plan to charge between $5 and $12 for them depending on what I make them out of.  $5 for bags made out of recycled materials, 10 for most others and $12 for those that I get the fabric from places like Joanns where you pay over $5 a yard.

The bag that has the little tab to hook over the holder in the store is somewhere in this thread.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on April 25, 2008 04:06:15 PM


The problem I can see with eliminating plastic bags is I wouldn't want to put my meat in my fabric bags.   :P

The bag that has the little tab to hook over the holder in the store is somewhere in this thread.

I hear you on the meat thing! Maybe you could make some meat bags out of an old shower curtain liner or vinyl tablecloth? Then you could wash them out with some bleach and not worry about them getting all icky.

Hmmmm...I may steal my own idea ;)

And, I need to make some produce bags out of mesh, too...

And, I have a bag from my grocery store and it has one loop on the back side (not the "side" sides). They hook that loop over the hook on their plastic bag rack and the front side flops open. Works pretty well! I have some bags just about done, so I may go back and add a twill tape loop to each one.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ThreadOrYarn on April 25, 2008 04:12:48 PM
The problem I can see with eliminating plastic bags is I wouldn't want to put my meat in my fabric bags.   :P

How about making a meat-only bag from rip-stop nylon? That might be waterproof enough to hold any juices that leak out, and it's still washable.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 25, 2008 04:25:21 PM
tablecloth vinyl could also do the trick for a meat only bag - they sell it by the inch at Walmart..


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on April 26, 2008 04:56:35 AM
I might just use one of those cheep ones from walmart for my meat.   Right now I have enough plastic bags I can just take one and have them use that.

I have the fabric.  I'm scheduled for two days off   :o  (that doesn't mean I'll get one) maybe I can make myself at least one bag.   ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cindygert on April 27, 2008 07:33:54 AM
For those of you wanting inexpensive meat bags you could use shelf liner from the dollar store.  Look at this bag.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238231.0

Good Luck!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 27, 2008 07:43:53 AM
There was some talk before about the produce bags - here we are making our reusable fabric grocery  bags and are stuck putting our produce in to plastic at the stores...

I just happened upon this and thought I would share... I will be getting tulle next time I am at Walmart...

http://www.circleoflife.org/action/arts/bag/index.htm (http://www.circleoflife.org/action/arts/bag/index.htm)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on April 27, 2008 07:47:01 AM
There was some talk before about the produce bags - here we are making our reusable fabric grocery  bags and are stuck putting our produce in to plastic at the stores...

I just happened upon this and thought I would share... I will be getting tulle next time I am at Walmart...

http://www.circleoflife.org/action/arts/bag/index.htm (http://www.circleoflife.org/action/arts/bag/index.htm)

Thanks for the link! I have a set of bags made for a birthday gift last September...I still have them :P  So, I may add in a set of produce bags, as well. And, maybe some meat bags if I can decide on what to use for material...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on April 27, 2008 08:15:10 AM
The produce bags are a great idea!   Thanks for the link.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 27, 2008 08:18:41 AM
I am so happy that I found the tutorial for them.... I have been dying to make some produce  bags.. Muslin would be fantastic but I think tulle will be loads better all around!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on April 28, 2008 06:01:58 AM
i wonder though if the cloth bags are better for meat- if it leaks (blech) then the fabric might soak it up to some degree, and then it can go right into the laundry. mine have already been washed and machine dried a couple of times.

i wonder if the icky juices would sort of seep through. yah. now i think, you're right. plastic is a better idea.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on April 28, 2008 06:54:29 AM
that ripstop nylon type fabric would be good for meat bags.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: AModernMantra on April 28, 2008 07:28:52 AM
Thank-you for this tutorial! I'm going to try it out this coming weekend.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on April 28, 2008 08:22:43 AM
I got to thinking maybe PUL for the liner on meat bags?   That way it is washable.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on April 28, 2008 03:22:23 PM
I got to thinking maybe PUL for the liner on meat bags?   That way it is washable.

Okay, I have to ask...what is PUL?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 28, 2008 03:28:12 PM
I was going to guess pull out liner but didn't want to ask myself.... ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: patty_o_furniture on April 28, 2008 04:40:42 PM
PUL is a laminated waterproof fabric, usually only found online.   ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on April 28, 2008 05:34:23 PM
PUL

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyurethane_laminate

They use it for cloth diapers and menstrual pads.   


You can get it in black. ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 28, 2008 06:26:08 PM
 :-[
I am going to have to look in to that PUL now!

I went to the grocery store tonight after dinner and brought my measly two bags with me.  I left with no plastic bags.. which is fantastic.  Looking at the loot I brought home I should have left with 4 plastic bags.

Doing my small part to end the plastic bag dependence..
Although yesterday at Walmart the cashier refused to use my bags. She literally ignored me as I kept telling her over and over again that I brought my own bags and was handing them to her. She just looked at me like I had two rows of teeth on top and a second set of eyebrows.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Lucinda879 on April 28, 2008 08:09:22 PM
Well, I tried this bag tonight and it was a complete disaster. Halfway through I started getting confused with the tutorial. I'll try again some other time. Cute bags everyone :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on April 29, 2008 06:10:01 PM
Thanks for the PUL info and link! Although, I hate to buy something new...I may try to get away with using something I already have on hand. Like a well bleached old shower curtain liner...reduce, reuse, recycle ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: patty_o_furniture on April 29, 2008 06:36:12 PM
:-[

Although yesterday at Walmart the cashier refused to use my bags. She literally ignored me as I kept telling her over and over again that I brought my own bags and was handing them to her. She just looked at me like I had two rows of teeth on top and a second set of eyebrows.


I went to my Walmart a few weeks ago before I made my bags and asked my cashier if she had anybody come through with cloth and she said, "No!  And I hope I never do!" 
I was afraid to take cloth after that!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on April 29, 2008 10:42:51 PM
Thanks for the PUL info and link! Although, I hate to buy something new...I may try to get away with using something I already have on hand. Like a well bleached old shower curtain liner...reduce, reuse, recycle ;)

I noticed when I was in California for my wedding last weekend that target is now selling bags made from fusing their plastic bags together...so you can always use that one tute online http://etsylabs.blogspot.com/2007/05/long-overdue-fusing-plastic-bag.html (http://etsylabs.blogspot.com/2007/05/long-overdue-fusing-plastic-bag.html) to fuse plastic bags together to make a waterproof lining, as well


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on April 29, 2008 11:54:59 PM

I went to my Walmart a few weeks ago before I made my bags and asked my cashier if she had anybody come through with cloth and she said, "No!  And I hope I never do!" 
I was afraid to take cloth after that!

I think that is just plain weird  ??? When I worked as a cashier I'd happily pack groceries into anything.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on April 30, 2008 07:12:57 AM
I didn't have a problem using them at Wal-Mart -- I was actually surprised.  The cashier started loading them up, and said something about how they sell reusable bags, and they should be willing to use any type of reusable bags.  She really loaded them up, and they held up fabulously!

For the meat bags, I thought about the fused plastic bags, too, but I wasn't sure if that would be  washable.  (I've heard of people using that for interfacing, too.)  Has anyone tried that? 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: screamqueen on May 02, 2008 06:18:03 AM
I LOVE this!!!  I also love the fact that in one picture, it looks like it's mysteriously floating in midair ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Indiecoolqueen on May 02, 2008 12:10:59 PM
I love this!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pammiedoodle on May 03, 2008 11:45:05 AM
I found out yesterday that my local grocery store gives me a nickel off my bill for each bag I bring in to use...that is just too cool!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on May 04, 2008 01:16:44 PM
Some of our grocery stores do that too....I may quite going to Wal-mart then...since Fry's is closer


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on May 08, 2008 02:44:32 PM
These were sent off in a swap package, but she got it yesterday, so I suppose it's safe to post.  I absolutely LOVE how they came out, and I think when it comes to gifting these bags (at least to my friends & family in the younger generation) this is the way I will go in the future as well.  I just went with a solid, complimentary color for the lining and pocket







I got the clipart images for the stencils here: http://www.wondercliparts.com/holidays/earth_day/earth_day_graphics.shtml


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gizmonic on May 08, 2008 03:19:32 PM
Those are great keeperrox.   The stenciling is top notch.

Your swap partner'll will adore them...I know I do!  8)

I'm making another one of these for a personal swap...As soon as she receives I'll post a pic.

These bags are soooo fun and easy to make...I can't express how much I *heart* them!

Giz :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on May 08, 2008 03:24:51 PM
Thanks Giz!  Using the black fabric marker hid all the stenciling snaffus (there were a few in the one with the heart globe), and I think it really made them pop, as well.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on May 08, 2008 07:26:11 PM
You know, with that tab at the top, I wonder if you can add like a button hole, so it fits on that rack thing they have at the grocery store?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on May 09, 2008 03:56:52 AM
You know, with that tab at the top, I wonder if you can add like a button hole, so it fits on that rack thing they have at the grocery store?

That was actually my original intent with the ones I made for myself, but then I got lazy...  I probably should have done that with her's though, huh?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ChrisM318 on May 10, 2008 10:53:32 AM
keeperrox, so could you kind of explain how you made the stencils...I love those bags.  Your stencilling looks great...now I'm inspired.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on May 10, 2008 02:14:59 PM
keeperrox, so could you kind of explain how you made the stencils...I love those bags.  Your stencilling looks great...now I'm inspired.

I just used a freezer paper stencil and tutorials of that are pretty much floating around everyhwere, and everyone probably has a different way of doing it.  Here is the one that I originally saw a few years ago:

http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2006/03/little_elf_shir.html

And this one shows you how to do 2 color stencils:

http://loxosceles.org/crafty/sheep_shirt/


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ChrisM318 on May 12, 2008 06:56:15 AM
keeperrox ....sweet!  I can do that.  Thanks you so much, got to try this.
Chris


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: BabyCakes8510 on May 12, 2008 04:17:36 PM
This is really quite wonderful. I have three weddings in a row and was trying to think of a useful and thoughtful gift. I think these are it.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quiltgrl on May 14, 2008 06:53:50 AM


Thank you for the tutorial! I used the pattern to make a large one to wrap a wedding quilt in!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pinklrt on May 14, 2008 01:54:11 PM
What a great tutorial! Thanks so much for posting this. I made one a few weeks ago and I get tons of compliments on it. I plan to make several more now that I have my pattern made and know what I'm doing.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sin esperanza on May 14, 2008 06:27:28 PM
thank you for this tutorial, here are my attempts!

both laid flat


folded up into their pockets


thanks again!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: unepagaille on May 15, 2008 05:32:30 AM
Just wanted to add my thanks to the pile!! I've made several of these and have plans for many more, think of all the plastic bags you've saved just by creating this tutorial!! Pretty amazing, actually :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on May 15, 2008 07:44:37 PM
Yeah, a lot of plastic bags have been saved.   I have made one for almost every swap since I started making them.   I have STILL haven't made one for myself.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: designermommy on May 17, 2008 08:11:46 PM
Great tutorial! Thanks!
I made a smaller version for my lunch bag for work. I throw it in the fridge when I get there, so I needed something just to carry my containers in. I was using a plastic bag - but not anymore! ;D




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftycooky on May 17, 2008 08:41:50 PM
adorable
i love the outside fabric


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ronise on May 23, 2008 11:02:00 AM
So I made one of those for myself and use it when I buy something. But now that I moved out of my parents house and have to go grocery shopping, of couse it takes a lot more than one bag and I end up using the plastig bags. But I have so many plastic bags at my house now, that I'm disgusted. I HAVE to make more of these. I want to make 5 more and make 2 or 3 bigger than the regular plastic bag. I hope I will never need a plastic bag again when I finish making my bags.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on May 23, 2008 03:29:38 PM
That has been my goal and I can't seem to find enough time to stock my store, much less sew anything for my self...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: beesquare on May 31, 2008 02:27:35 PM
I just found this after searching for quite a while.  This is the perfect tutorial!  Thank you!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gizmonic on May 31, 2008 06:00:17 PM
Here's another bag I made for a personal swap.  It was the first time I made it w/the pocket.



Folded up nicely (back)


The pocket w/embroidered (off-center) octopus


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on May 31, 2008 08:20:09 PM
Nicely done gizmonic! The octopus is like a secret surprise when you fold the bag up! Very cute... And cool fabric!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gizmonic on May 31, 2008 08:53:27 PM
 
Nicely done gizmonic! The octopus is like a secret surprise when you fold the bag up! Very cute... And cool fabric!

Thanks!

Just using my crafty superpowers to make the world safe from plastic bags (one bag at a time)  ;)

WonderGiz :)




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sparrowlegs on June 01, 2008 11:28:03 AM
i made this bag today, but went wrong VERY wrong after I sewed the U shape, I think I sewed the sides but I thought I was supposed to, so when I was doing the handles I couldnt carry on sewing to the inner fabric :'(. the tut is fabs, its just I couldnt see where the stitching was on the photo :-[and being new to all this messed up.
BUT I didnt finish it I just sort of made that bit up lol,
will post apick soon


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SewFixated on June 03, 2008 12:16:41 PM
First I want to say thank you for posting this tutorial.  I have wanted to make these bags for months now.  Since I just entered my first swap and my partner said she would like one of these bags I made one for her.  Then, a bunch of ladies in my neighborhood saw the bag and wanted to make them too.  So we got together and I showed everyone how to make them. 

Because of that class I made 9 more in different stages of completion to demonstrate how they are made.  Here are 6 that I finished, I have given 2 away which are not pictured and have 2 more to finish.  I think I would like to have 2 more this size (they hold 2 gallons of milk very nicely) and then I will be making smaller ones for library books, lunch bags, and smaller picnic bags.



I find myself using these for everything, even a diaper bag.  (I hate diaper bags)  I do plan on altering this pattern to make a diaper bag until I can find that one perfect diaper bag pattern.  If you know of any smallish diaper bags that don't look like diaper bags let me know.  I do have the hillbilly diaper bag on my favorites and am considering making one.

Thank you!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Bohemian Flower Princess on June 03, 2008 12:29:51 PM
LOVE!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on June 18, 2008 04:32:45 PM
Okay - so I have made several of these bad boys already - I am working on a ton o them right now - I am assembly lining about 2 dozen of them...

But I have to share a tidbit of very useful information that my friend, Susan and I developed today...

See... I had this issue with the handles - I could not (and still can not) grasp the whole sew this then keep on sewing spot.. so what I have been doing when I make these is I put the two pieces together and sew the right sides together of whatever material is on the inside - then I reach up from under the bottom, through the strap and pull the other unsewn straps through the bottom and sew it up...

Well... I showed Susan this (since she didn't really grasp the whole way to do this either) and she said - why don't you sew them all together when you pull them through?  And well. oh my god!  It works!

Sooooooo... when I am now sewing the tops of the handles - I have made a bit of a change - I reach up through the strap and pull the other 3 layers through the bottom making the handles kind of inside out, straighten it all out on the end and then sew one seam right through all 4 layers - viola - perfect seaming, no weird puckering from the lining and the outer fabric not being sewn at the exact spot - and it is just fantastic and perfect each time!

I can take a picture of this and do a mini tutorial on this amazing time and sanity saving step.  It really is a lifesaver for me - especially since I was just not getting it and was going about the strap sewing process the best way that I could - but this step - oh my god. So simple and so perfect each and every time!!!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pvwon on June 18, 2008 04:44:27 PM
A mini-tut would be great.  I haven't made any of these yet because the  handles looked a little difficult.  I wanted a quick solution to plastic bags, so thrifted canvas bags have worked.  I'd love some personalized bags though.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: just_lisa on June 19, 2008 06:41:20 AM
Definitely post some pics for us to see! :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sparrowlegs on June 19, 2008 11:29:15 AM
yes please, photos would be lovely, I have made the bag and did struggle with the handle bit, but I am new making anything more then a patchwork cat bed lol, the bag is wonderful, I have had coments about it at the supermarket


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: stick on June 19, 2008 01:13:38 PM
Please show us this craftydeb!  I think with photos I might feel brave enough to try this!  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on June 19, 2008 03:50:08 PM
I was struggling with the handles too, until I realized I had missed a step when I read the directions and now suddenly it makes sense....

I'd love to see the tut on how deb does it, though


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: PattiPetty on June 20, 2008 07:53:49 AM
Dear Queen,
Thanks much for sharing your experience with us. I HOPE I can follow your instructions--I am age and blonde impaired.
P L E A S E tell me about your lovely little dog. What breed? Soooo sweet looking.
Many thanks,
Patti


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on June 20, 2008 03:56:47 PM
Hi Patti,

The picture isn't actually my dog but he looks exactly the same.  It's a King Charles Cavalier.  It's a smallish dog with the males being quite alot bigger than the females (generally).  They are an excellent family dog - especially with children.  The only downside to them is the hair.  It drives me insane.  They lose alot of hair and it clumps on the floor - YUK. 

You should be fine following the directions although craftydeb seems to have come up with an easier solution to the handles.  I'd love to see how it's done - thanks craftydeb!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ausetkmt on June 27, 2008 04:51:25 PM
DITTO Totally..  8)  8)  :D
This Rocks

Great Tutorial  I know I will be making this bag this summer in different colors and passing them out to my friends and family in promoting green living.

I'd even like to stencil a neat design like a recycling symbol on the front of the pocket.

Thanks Thanks Thanks !



I reeeeaaaallly want to stop accumulating plastic shopping bags and then having to take them back for recycling. I have been coveting fabric bags for a long time but I don't want to pay retail for them. The fact that each bag can be packed into it's own pocket is so sweet. This is an excellent tutorial for an excellent pattern. Thank you for taking the time to put it up and for sharing. I will use this. Gotta bookmark.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Judi B on June 27, 2008 09:21:59 PM
I just love all the beautiful fabrics you lot have been using.
I've been making shopping bags for several years now, its a great feeling coming home without plastic bags.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: klum78 on June 29, 2008 03:40:05 PM
Thank you so much for this tutorial!  I have made over a dozen of these for swaps.  Here are a few that I whipped up:



Now I just need to make myself a few....  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: JenSquared on July 06, 2008 04:39:57 PM
I am excited to make this. Thank you.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: karen09 on July 08, 2008 09:40:33 PM
i made three of these so far!!! yay. i cut out a bunch but it was while i was still pregnant and then i  never got a chance to get to them until now. i took two to the grocery store today but they only used one!  >:( i guess i need to be more insistent that they use my bags. they did however use one other bag that i bought at that store with their big logo on it. how convenient...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rottenlittleboys on July 09, 2008 06:32:04 AM
Thank you so much for this tutorial!  I have made over a dozen of these for swaps.  Here are a few that I whipped up:
Now I just need to make myself a few....  ;D

I am particularly loving the top set. Is the one on the right butterflies?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: klum78 on July 09, 2008 03:07:34 PM
Thank you so much for this tutorial!  I have made over a dozen of these for swaps.  Here are a few that I whipped up:
Now I just need to make myself a few....  ;D

I am particularly loving the top set. Is the one on the right butterflies?

Yes it is butterflies.  I just found the fabric with the "asian influences" quilting fabric in JoAnnes.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: TPK on July 09, 2008 08:17:52 PM
I've made two of these nifty little bags so far, and took one out for a spin today.



Here it is, stuffed full of goodies from Daiso!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Vicki_Milne on July 09, 2008 09:58:54 PM
Using a shopping bag as a pattern is definitely cheap easy and effective.
the outcome is very good!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rottenlittleboys on July 10, 2008 06:33:11 AM
Yes it is butterflies.  I just found the fabric with the "asian influences" quilting fabric in JoAnnes.

Haha! I thought I recognized the one in the middle.  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: klum78 on July 10, 2008 08:18:14 AM
Yes it is butterflies.  I just found the fabric with the "asian influences" quilting fabric in JoAnnes.

Haha! I thought I recognized the one in the middle.  :)

I am pretty sure the middle one is Alexander Henry so that could be found almost anywhere.  I love that middle abric, I wish I had bought more if it at the time. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkyyAngel on July 10, 2008 07:35:08 PM
Thanks for the tute and all the pics!! I'm signed up for a "green" swap in a few weeks and these are definitely being added to the list of gifts for my swappee.  ;D  Will definitely post pics when I'm done too, to add to all the gorgeous bags we have here.  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: rottenlittleboys on July 10, 2008 08:11:22 PM
I am pretty sure the middle one is Alexander Henry so that could be found almost anywhere.  I love that middle abric, I wish I had bought more if it at the time. 

That is so odd. I just went through my fabric to look for quilt material and I found yet another Alexander Henry material. That makes four of his I have/had without even realizing it. I must be a fan.

If you are looking for more of his stuff and can not find it locally, look here.

http://buyfabricsonline.com/catalog/default.php/cPath/26 (http://buyfabricsonline.com/catalog/default.php/cPath/26)



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: nurseninja on July 10, 2008 08:26:50 PM
I'm throwing a bachelorette party for a friend and I might make them as favor/"goody" bags! How fun =)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: thewritegirl on July 13, 2008 02:56:57 PM
I've made several of these bags (lost count, in fact), and I just love them. The last one I made, though, is particularly handy. I cut up an old pair of cargo pants and pieced them back together for the liner, so there are several ready-made pockets with snaps on the inside. Handy for keys, cell phone, etc!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: shelleibean on July 17, 2008 03:19:58 PM
I just wanted to share the ones I've made so far.

I even used them at the store the other day and they were so great! I felt like my groceries were so secure, if that makes any sense. I didn't add the pocket to tuck them into since I figure I'll just leave them in my car or on the same table I put my bag when I come home so I'll always have them.  I love these idea for gifts, though.  I have a picture in my head of five or so of these bags in the same color/pattern (w/ the pocket) all tied up with a pretty ribbon.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: summertimerolls on July 17, 2008 05:56:35 PM
I was thinking of making them as gifts also.  My first one went fine, I followed the directions and it was smooth sailing.  My second one I didn't have my computer around, so I thought I would just wing it.  Oh no, no, no, no.  One bag took me like 4 hours to complete.  I think I ripped out each seam at least twice.  At one point I was like, "finally, I think I've got it."  ONly to turn it right side out and realize that I had sewn the straps shut so there were no loops--only long handles sticking straight up. I think this is the point when all the dirty words kept flying out of my mouth.  I ripped it all apart and started over the next day.  But damn it...I was going to win.  And I did, although it still isn't 100% correct.  Also, I intentionally didn't do the gusset this time and I liked it better, but that is just me.  Sorry I don't have pictures of the mess.  But, I will be printing out directions so even if my laptop turns up "missing" which means a child ran off with it...I can still make the bags.
Everyone makes such pretty ones, I'm going to keep practicing before I post.  I should state that I am not by any means a sewer if that is even a word.  I couldn't see that I was sewing the *#%*$! straps together!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: thewritegirl on July 17, 2008 06:56:10 PM
Lol, Summertime, you are brave to even try your second one without the pattern! Even after making a ton of them, I still pull up the pattern on the computer next to me!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: indigo_roses on July 17, 2008 07:12:07 PM
I'm planning on printing out the pattern before I do it. I have a feeling that I'll make the exact same type of mistakes, I'm not a sewer by any means either! But, I got a sewing machine and spent money on fabric, and I want to learn!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on July 17, 2008 08:48:55 PM
Hey everyone!  FYI, I put these directions in a Word document so it would be easier to read and print out. I ended up doing a 2 column table with the instruction on the left and the picture of the stap on the right. Since lots of you are saying that you want to print the directions out, if anyone wants a copy drop me a PM, and I'd be more than happy to email it to you. (I'm not sure how to host a Word doc, otherwise I'd do that and just make a clickable link, so if anyone wants to help me out with that, let me know!)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: GPmonkey on July 21, 2008 02:15:50 PM
Thank you so much for this Tute.   I have really enjoyed making  2 bags and I have gotten wonderful compliments.  The second one I made was from an old hawaiian dress that was no longer wearable.  
tried to post a pic but I can not yet.   :(



Gayle
MonkeyThreads.etsy.com


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Momma_Rock on July 22, 2008 02:39:28 PM
Oh!  The Red Tag wall at JoAnn's is in sooo much trouble!  I'm gonna buy up all the $1 a yard fabrics for this!  Woohoo!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: abercrombiehrt on July 24, 2008 10:36:58 PM
So the images are iron-on? They look awesome by the way!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: abercrombiehrt on July 24, 2008 10:39:31 PM
Thanks for this great tutorial! I'm gonna go make some tomorrow! I'll try to post the pics!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Palmcourt on July 24, 2008 11:56:29 PM
Wow.. that's great..

Thanks for the tutorial.. really help me as a beginner..:D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pino_i on August 01, 2008 12:31:40 AM
I love this bag. i think this will be my next project. i'll make a couple so that way i don't have to use plastic bags. Thank you for the info and the pattern.  :D :D :D :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sondray on August 03, 2008 05:20:03 AM
Very nice bag, thanks for the tutorial.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kyraji on August 08, 2008 10:26:47 PM
I just made one of these with some $1 Wal-mart fabric. I love it, I'm going to make bunches for gifts and for local craft sales. Thanks for your time and effort in the pattern and the tut!

And I must say, you're very clever at figuring out all the little things--leaving a space open in the handle, sewing it all together, the pocket and all.

Again, thank you :3


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: J4Joolz on August 12, 2008 12:39:59 PM
A huge thanks for this tutorial.  I printed it out absolutely ages ago and today I finally got around to giving it a go.  I've made three, and have another one cut out waiting to be sewn. 

Now I've started reading the whole thread, I also want to add a thanks to Cribquilter who gives instructions for folding the bag if you haven't put the pocket on the outside (as I haven't).  For anyone who missed them, the instructions on are page 30 of this thread.

Julie


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: crappiefisher on August 15, 2008 06:38:14 AM
I'm trying to get started on one for me. I'm using an old shower curtain and haven't decided on what material to use as a lining. Anyway, I'm confused about the part where you sew the out fabric then onto the lining. :-\ This step comes after you sew the U and part of the sides of the handles. 

Anyone understand my problem and can help?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: AbbyRose on August 16, 2008 09:18:26 PM
I just made one and I LOVE it! Thanks for posting! I think I will use thinner material next time so it isn't so bulky when folded up.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: CJKJ on August 22, 2008 05:56:21 AM
I'm trying to get started on one for me. I'm using an old shower curtain and haven't decided on what material to use as a lining. Anyway, I'm confused about the part where you sew the out fabric then onto the lining. :-\ This step comes after you sew the U and part of the sides of the handles. 

Anyone understand my problem and can help?

If you search the forums, there is a thread showing another way to make the handles.  I had a hard time trying to visualize this step as well.




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: crappiefisher on August 22, 2008 06:10:27 AM

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If you search the forums, there is a thread showing another way to make the handles.  I had a hard time trying to visualize this step as well.



[/quote]

thanks! someone PM'd me about it and I think I understand now!  just trying to find the time to finish now!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: emimi on October 14, 2008 04:18:31 PM
This is a winner! While still reading the tutorial, I started to visualize what kind of fabric I should use for each friend's shopping bag. And now I'm breaking my head about the opening hours of the local fabric shops versus my working hours. I can't even go to sleep with all these shopping bag visions filling my mind   :D This tutorial caused a total craft attack



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: JerseyGal on October 14, 2008 05:51:46 PM
This tutorial caused a total craft attack
Know what you mean, emimi!  I've been doing long wallets and been staying up too late thinking and looking at all the tutes.  Addictive!!  Gotta try these bags SOOOOON.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: musicalcrafts on October 16, 2008 10:28:14 AM
How long does it take to find something easy enough to work but with potential to look great, whan you're searching for affordable yet charming gifts for your kid's teachers? I searched for weeks, before I found your tutorial! I ended up making 12 of them this week (I started after the kids were in bed, then one night working til 4:00, one night til 1:00, last night no sleep at all, finished wrapping them up after 6:00 AM, just had time to shower, dress myself and the kids, and rush to work) each in a different color of fabric. I bought cute fabrics, used for quilting, and they came out really nice. One of the teachers told me that my totes were THE thrill in the teachers room at recess time. Even those who weren't my kids' teachers wanted them, and went begging for one...
BIG, BIG THANK YOU!!!
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/DSC014841.JPG
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/DSC01485.JPG https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/DSC01486.JPG https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/DSC01487.JPG https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/DSC014891.JPG


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on October 16, 2008 01:23:54 PM
Firstly....WOW!!  They look fantastic and very well made. ;D  Secondly.....how do you do it ?!?!??  You must be a fast worker.  I hope you get some sleep over the next few days.

I really like the way you packaged them too - so original.  No wonder the teachers are all begging you to make them one.

Glad you found and liked the tutorial  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Valiqa on October 16, 2008 10:09:06 PM
This is pure genius. I am trying to go as green as possible and those 'reusable bags' are someone expensive for a nice sturdy canvas one. Now I can make a bunch for myself. =)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sbramlage on October 26, 2008 06:37:26 AM
Just a note to let you know I have made several bags from your tutorial.  Thanks for posting this.
Serita


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: JerseyGal on November 11, 2008 06:35:55 PM
I have made a couple of these and will be making more.  Getting compliments whenever I use one.  One county in New York says they want to charge 25 cents for each plastic bag you get at the checkout.  These cloth bags are going to be VERY popular in the future.  Start sewing them now!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pretty hate machine on November 11, 2008 11:23:33 PM
This is ingenious! I think I'm going to make my mom and my aunt a huge pile of these, they always complain how each and every one of their shopping bags are lost. This is really cool and green idea, thank you so muc for the tute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Judi B on November 12, 2008 02:49:20 AM
I love these bags I have made myself a dozen have been using them for nearly a year and they are still as good as the day I made them. I get so many compliments about them and asked where did I get them and I proudly say "I made them"  ;D 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: gatchley on November 13, 2008 10:32:28 PM
Thanks for the fantastic tutorial.  :) I finally found a use for my vintage fabric. I got a box of fabric at the thrift store for $2.00 and there was 8 yards of this in there.  I don't think my DH likes the idea of bring of your own bag. He said he would stay at home if I bring those bags.  ::)  Here's mine.  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Judi B on November 13, 2008 11:28:27 PM
I love that fabric.
You may save some money for more fabric if DH stays at home so not all bad.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Alli_Lucy on November 17, 2008 05:43:58 AM
I love that fabric, Gatchley!  Your bag looks great.

It surprises me that there are places where bringing your own bag is still weird.  I live in a city, so most people at our neighborhood grocery store bring their own bags (since fabric bags are so much easier to carry when walking home with groceries).  Even when I go out to the big store in the suburbs, I would estimate that about half of the people bring their own.  I hope the habit doesn't take too long to catch on everywhere!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Ruth929 on November 17, 2008 08:23:29 AM
Very Cute.  I loved the tutorial...very detailed.  I'm bookmarking it right now!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: crappiefisher on November 20, 2008 09:44:07 AM
After a little trial and error I figured out to make these by combing the various hints and help from the various posters on this board! I have about 6 made and about 10 more to go for Christmas presents. I'm thinking of trying to sell a few. I get a lot of compliments from shoppers when I use my first 2 "demos". They both have a few mistakes in them, but work very well!

Thanks so much to everyone! This is a great project! I can whip one out in an hour if you combine the cutting and sewing together. Not bad for a beginner sewer.

Here are the 7 made so far - I have 5 cut out and waiting and about 5 yards of different fabric waiting to be cut!




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sewjayded on November 26, 2008 08:37:55 AM
Just curious, has anyone tried to sew slits in the handles so the slide over the metal racks the stores have to hold their bags?  I might try it on my next batch, a long buttonhole is all you'd need.  (Long enough to fit at different stores.)  I've been using the ones I already made and usually just slide the bag handles over the metal rack but they seem to kind of slide off or not stay open. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kmsmaverick on November 26, 2008 07:55:05 PM
i put little tabby loopy things on mine, the last time i made a pair. they slide over the prongs of the bagging frame the baggers have there. but they are really only useful when i use the self checkout- the baggers haven't hopped on board with them yet.




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mhills on November 27, 2008 05:55:25 AM
What a great idea.  I will have to try these


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Ansa on November 27, 2008 07:25:50 AM
i found out if you ask for a 1/2 yard cut, open it, and fold it like a "hot dog" (the long way) then in half the other way (where the crease is), then line up the fold with the fold of your pattern, making sure the cut out middle part is facing the middle fold, then you can cut out the bag, and use the middle part as your pocket, and there are NO scraps! woo hoo! (i hate scraps because i hate throwing them away)

QUESTION   Hi!  Love this idea, and I cut my pieces out this way.  But now I can't figure out how to turn the lined version inside out (since handles are in one piece).  What are the steps that allow you to do this?  Or does this work only with an unlined bag?   THANKS!   


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: crappiefisher on November 30, 2008 09:22:20 AM
Just curious, has anyone tried to sew slits in the handles so the slide over the metal racks the stores have to hold their bags? 

If you go to the first page of this board (Singlet Style Shopping bag) you'll find the pattern that initiated the creation of the pattern that we are all working on. The original pattern was an unlined bag with the little tabbies that have buttonholes...in the same location as the plastic bags.

But I do like the idea of placing little loopies on the handles too!  Who would have thought that a little shopping bag could bring out so much crafty goodiness!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SABRINAM on December 03, 2008 11:08:22 AM
I just got jacked on Etsy and I should have just gone with yours in the first place. I bought a "pattern" (for $3 + $1.50 shipping and handling? ::) ) thinking I could go the lazy route rather than trace a bag like you did. Instead I got your tutorial regurgitated. Darn!

TFS, OP! I'm making some for my daughter's teacher for Christmas. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: crappiefisher on December 03, 2008 11:56:03 AM
QUESTION   Hi!  Love this idea, and I cut my pieces out this way.  But now I can't figure out how to turn the lined version inside out (since handles are in one piece).  What are the steps that allow you to do this?  Or does this work only with an unlined bag?   THANKS!   
[/quote]


I wonder if you could fold the material with right sides facing when you cut out your pieces.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: yellowduckie on December 03, 2008 12:07:14 PM
I just got jacked on Etsy and I should have just gone with yours in the first place. I bought a "pattern" (for $3 + $1.50 shipping and handling? ::) ) thinking I could go the lazy route rather than trace a bag like you did. Instead I got your tutorial regurgitated. Darn!

You should tell the OP the etsy name so something can be done.  That's not right for someone else to sell her free work.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sansa on December 03, 2008 12:38:18 PM
i found out if you ask for a 1/2 yard cut, open it, and fold it like a "hot dog" (the long way) then in half the other way (where the crease is), then line up the fold with the fold of your pattern, making sure the cut out middle part is facing the middle fold, then you can cut out the bag, and use the middle part as your pocket, and there are NO scraps! woo hoo! (i hate scraps because i hate throwing them away)

QUESTION   Hi!  Love this idea, and I cut my pieces out this way.  But now I can't figure out how to turn the lined version inside out (since handles are in one piece).  What are the steps that allow you to do this?  Or does this work only with an unlined bag?   THANKS!   

I did it and cut the pieces in two afterward and sewed as normal. I thought the folding was just to get the U shaped pieces togetrher as one piece for the pocket. I could very easily be wrong.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SABRINAM on December 03, 2008 12:51:15 PM
I just got jacked on Etsy and I should have just gone with yours in the first place. I bought a "pattern" (for $3 + $1.50 shipping and handling? ::) ) thinking I could go the lazy route rather than trace a bag like you did. Instead I got your tutorial regurgitated. Darn!

You should tell the OP the etsy name so something can be done.  That's not right for someone else to sell her free work.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18161089
Her tutorial doesn't have the pouch attached but they're almost identical. I paid $4.50 for a 'tutorial' rather than a "pattern." Boy, am I ticked. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on December 05, 2008 05:53:15 PM
I just got jacked on Etsy and I should have just gone with yours in the first place. I bought a "pattern" (for $3 + $1.50 shipping and handling? ::) ) thinking I could go the lazy route rather than trace a bag like you did. Instead I got your tutorial regurgitated. Darn!

You should tell the OP the etsy name so something can be done.  That's not right for someone else to sell her free work.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18161089
Her tutorial doesn't have the pouch attached but they're almost identical. I paid $4.50 for a 'tutorial' rather than a "pattern." Boy, am I ticked. 

Thanks for bringing this to my attention!!  I have reported the item on Etsy, so we'll see what they do about it.  It's kind of annoying that people do this as I want to help others (as I like using free tutorials) but this person obviously has crossed the line in using my tutorial.

Leah - is Craftster able to do anything about it?  I ask this because I don't want future tutorials put at risk of them "being ripped off"....


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: nilmerg on December 05, 2008 06:23:19 PM
I was looking for a bag to make for my Mother-In-law for Christmas and was thinking along the lines of a shopping bag. This is Perfect, and you make it sound so simple for us novice bag makers.  I also love the way it folds in on itself. Thank you for your time in putting together this tutorial.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: leah on December 08, 2008 12:40:39 PM
Man, this stinks queenofdiy. I'm so sorry but I don't think there's anything I can do about it since it's happening on Etsy and not Craftster. :( I hope they can take some action!

I just got jacked on Etsy and I should have just gone with yours in the first place. I bought a "pattern" (for $3 + $1.50 shipping and handling? ::) ) thinking I could go the lazy route rather than trace a bag like you did. Instead I got your tutorial regurgitated. Darn!

You should tell the OP the etsy name so something can be done.  That's not right for someone else to sell her free work.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18161089
Her tutorial doesn't have the pouch attached but they're almost identical. I paid $4.50 for a 'tutorial' rather than a "pattern." Boy, am I ticked. 

Thanks for bringing this to my attention!!  I have reported the item on Etsy, so we'll see what they do about it.  It's kind of annoying that people do this as I want to help others (as I like using free tutorials) but this person obviously has crossed the line in using my tutorial.

Leah - is Craftster able to do anything about it?  I ask this because I don't want future tutorials put at risk of them "being ripped off"....


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mammallama on December 09, 2008 05:31:04 AM
I made two of these last night....LOVE the tutorial, thanks so much for sharing.   I'm giving them to my sisters for Christmas gifts, they turned out so cute.   I'll see if I can post a pic.

Dear Administrator,
 IF someone is stealing others craftsters tutorials/hard work and selling them for their own profit, perhaps they don't need access to this site?  :-\  Harsh, I know, but effective.  I'm an administrator of an on-line group (nothing to do with crafting) and it isn't the most popular position to be in sometimes.  But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. 
Something to think about, anyway.



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Rumpazel on December 11, 2008 01:04:44 PM
What a fabulous tutorial.  If I had any sewing skill, I would try this.

I am really sorry about someone stealing your idea to make money.   :(


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: strategicdecay on December 30, 2008 08:16:13 AM
i have used this tutorial to make four bags now; three for myself, and one for a friend.  for the three for me, i used pieces of my grandmother's old sheets for the linings and some fabric i've had sitting around for ages for the outsides (the gifted one was made of all new fabric).  i've been using them at least once a week at the grocery store for about three or four months now, and they are still going strong! 

it really is a shame that someone is selling this.  though i followed the etsy link (just to see) and it said that the "pattern" was sold out.  so maybe they stopped selling it? 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on December 30, 2008 01:16:17 PM
Thanks for all your support guys - it's really appreciated. 

Sadly though, I don't think mine is the only one.  This pattern also

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18042911 (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18042911)

is strikingly similar to this bag here on Craftster:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156560.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156560.0) which was made using this tutorial:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0) 

Anyway, no more finger pointing or comments from me on this one.....just had to get this one out there as well

>:( >:( *sigh* >:( >:(


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sanity8080 on December 31, 2008 09:54:32 AM
I reported them for you, too.  Maybe the more people report it to etsy, the more likely they are to look into it?  That sucks that she is basically charging $5 for what you posted for free.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bagtart on December 31, 2008 05:48:35 PM
So it wasn't only me!!! Queenofdiy I had my suspicions about the other pattern as well!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on December 31, 2008 10:58:27 PM
queenofdiy, I just wanted to tell you...I've used your tutorials more than any others on this entire forum, and I love you for posting them. I saved copies for my personal use, in case you do take them down, but I just wanted you to know that I appreciate the work you put into making them, and making them usable and useful and professional quality. Thanks for all your hard work!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ravenwitch on January 02, 2009 07:53:28 PM
Queenofdiy, you are fabulous for making and sharing this awesome tutorial!

I made a couple today.  Even though I forgot seam allowances, they still each hold two gallons of milk and have room left over.  And they are definately sturdier and fold up smaller than I expected.  Thank you so much!

I will post pics soon.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: klum78 on January 07, 2009 02:48:23 PM
I made 4 more for my daughter's preschool teachers holiday gift.  I loved all of these fabrics and they were on clearance at JoAnns.  The most expensive one was $2 a yd and I didn't use the whole thing so they were cheap to make.  I lined them all with muslin so I think each bag cost about $2 to make.  Sweet!




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Lady Llanalla on January 07, 2009 04:25:20 PM
These are just so fabulous. I will have to make some for myself... someday... when I have time... which will be never, but I can hope... right?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: lucianeck on January 09, 2009 09:34:47 AM
realy nice!!!
thank you for the tutorial....


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ravenwitch on January 14, 2009 04:21:09 PM
Yeah!! I finally got pics  ::)



Thanks a million for the tute!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: ICiNG is SwEET on January 14, 2009 06:05:55 PM
That's so rad! What a great idea. Thanks for all the pics too:)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on January 15, 2009 05:40:17 AM
I love that skull bag!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: madamx on January 15, 2009 11:40:32 AM
Thanks for all your support guys - it's really appreciated. 

Sadly though, I don't think mine is the only one.  This pattern also

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18042911 (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18042911)

is strikingly similar to this bag here on Craftster:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156560.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156560.0) which was made using this tutorial:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0) 

Anyway, no more finger pointing or comments from me on this one.....just had to get this one out there as well

>:( >:( *sigh* >:( >:(

Sorry to hear about what happen with your bags but, copycats will always be waiting for the next best thing. People profit from knocking off designer bags. Once it’s in stores there’s a copy made a week later.

To be frank, we (humans) have simply run out of original or even creative ideas. In my opinion this stagnant period began in the 90's and has affected the creative industries (movie, music, fashion industry) badly. Notice we have to go back to past periods for ideas, change one, two or even three things then call it a revamp.  I'm sure designers/creative types from the 1960's did not copy ideas from the 1930’s (today we go as far as copying haircuts from several different eras and call it being original). 

Most of the popular bag shapes has been done to death. It's rare to see a bag that is totally original from shape to embellishments.  The cloth grocery bag tutorial you added on this site, has been featured in a Japanese craft magazine a few years back (I remember seeing it while at uni and thought it was an interesting idea to copy an already existing plastic bag shape and make it in cloth). The other bag (box bag) has been done before. Right now we crafters can only focus on sticking to the revamp option (adding embellishments that works) until we are inspired enough to come up with something original. I do admire those who are neat sewers with good detail placements (pockets, flap, buttons, using shirts, etc) on their bags.

My motto is to see yourself as an inventor rather than a designer.  There is a big difference between the two.

I have actually designed and created a product for the home but, can be used in various hospitality sectors that is totally original, functional and has never been done before (I did the research). I have held back from presenting the idea due to copycats and people with more money than I currently have who can market the product and dominate in the industry. My only option at the moment is to make things that are familiar to the public, make a name for myself and have enough capital behind me to expose this new and exciting product.

Your tutorials are very good and I would suggest you post things you don’t have a problem with if there is a copycat lurking.

Look at Etsy, I heard people steal others bag ideas and profit greatly.  It’s truly sad… The best way to try to prevent this is by having your own website and selling to independent boutique, department store (if you can supply the units) or at craft fairs. This is a great way to buy you a little time to get recognition and make a profit.


M.x


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on January 16, 2009 09:36:22 PM
Thanks for your detailed reply Madamx....some fantastic advice I need to take on board.  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Hellga on January 16, 2009 10:46:21 PM
I just thought of something...if you take your tutorials down, won't it just help those pattern thiefs? With no free alternatives, alot of people will just say screw it and pay for the etsy pattern.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Ashling on January 17, 2009 07:29:08 AM
I just thought of something...if you take your tutorials down, won't it just help those pattern thiefs? With no free alternatives, alot of people will just say screw it and pay for the etsy pattern.

I agree.  It seems like people who charge for free things are really ripping off the customer more than the person who made the original free tutorial.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: CloudHuggers on January 17, 2009 10:32:00 AM
This is awesome!  Thanks for posting it.  I'm always going into the library and needing a bag when I come out.  This way I will always have a bag with me!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on January 17, 2009 01:12:57 PM
I just thought of something...if you take your tutorials down, won't it just help those pattern thiefs? With no free alternatives, alot of people will just say screw it and pay for the etsy pattern.

Thanks Hellga - I never thought of it that way!  Or....perhaps I should put a listing for the tutorial in my own Etsy shop with the price tag as $0.00 or $0.01 if it won't let me put in zero and just direct it to the free Craftster tutorial!!!!  I don't really care that I have to pay 20c or whatever it is for the listing......my little bit of karma  ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: madamx on January 18, 2009 07:59:52 AM
Thanks for your detailed reply Madamx....some fantastic advice I need to take on board.  ;)

Sorry if my previous post seemed like I was going on and on. I'm get very passionate when things like this happens.  You're a good person, don't let this experience harden you. I figure you enjoy making things and monetary gains are not on the top of your list, but you are talented enough to get the recognition you deserve and reap the rewards. 

Keep smiling you know you got our support.

On a lighter note, yesterday I made two of your bags which came out great. I'm going to Venice on Monday and plan on frequenting the various markets so, I needed a cool and easy to pack away bag to take with me. Will take pics while in Venice and post later.

M.x


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: McBec27 on January 23, 2009 02:22:57 PM
This is a really great tutorial. This was the first thing I sewed unsupervised! (Uh, I'm 30, but a friend's been teaching me to sew for a while and all of the previous sewing was done under her supervision at her place.)

Anyway, here's my bag! (I've made two, but only have pictures of one, I guess.)



I bring it with to the grocery store all the time - it works great! Holds a bunch of stuff with no problems. Although I do still need to get better at my French seams. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on January 23, 2009 05:23:14 PM
Wow McBec - you did great!!  French seams can a little tricky in this project as they can get quite bulky and sometimes not all the fabric gets caught in the seams.  I've been sewing for 30 something years and I still sometimes stuff up the french seam in these bags.  ;) 

Keep sewing.....you have serious talent. 

 ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: McBec27 on January 24, 2009 01:06:38 PM
Thanks a bunch! I have a great time making these. I may eventually make a few up to donate to the local humane society. They sell stuff at the Farmer's Market and at craft sales. Oh, I guess I should make sure that would be ok first!? Since they'd ultimately be selling them and stuff.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on January 25, 2009 02:18:12 PM
Thanks a bunch! I have a great time making these. I may eventually make a few up to donate to the local humane society. They sell stuff at the Farmer's Market and at craft sales. Oh, I guess I should make sure that would be ok first!? Since they'd ultimately be selling them and stuff.

No problem at all!!! 

I had someone take my tutorial, make it their own and sell it on Etsy.  I have no problem with anyone making the bags (because there's a lot of hard work that goes into actually making the bags), but when someone takes a free tutorial, makes it their own (by adding their own images etc.) then sells it basically with little or no effort because the steps are already worked out for them, it's really annoying.

Good luck with selling the bags - I'm sure you'll do really well!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: a97annol on January 26, 2009 01:34:13 AM
That is one really beautiful bag and also a terrific tutorial.

Not having English as my first language I sometimes find it a bit hard to follow written instructions, but this tutorial was just great and with the pictures really showing every detail - thank you - this is a keeper :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: McBec27 on January 26, 2009 07:12:05 AM
Thanks a bunch, QueenofDIY! I may have to whip up a few of these at some point, I'm sure they'd sell great at the craft sales and farmer's markets. Who doesn't need a bag to carry around all the stuff they buy! :) Oh, and sorry to hear about the whole etsy ordeal. That is really dishonest and just plain rude. I'd put a link to this tut on your shop or something like you mentioned.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: yorkiemischief on January 26, 2009 08:17:16 AM
Hi! I made a bunch of these for gifts and everyone loved them! The friends/relatives who shop at Trader Joe's and other stores that encourage reusable bags wanted more than one!  I had a few of them put in "orders" for more.  I got a new sewing machine in October and your tutorial was one of the first I had found.  I was frustrated with those paper patterns you buy at the fabric store.  All of the sudden, after finding your tutorial and a few more, I realized that I can actually sew!  I am really enjoying it and slowly getting better at it!  I like to use the fancy quilt shop fabric for purses, but they can get pricey.  For these I use the clearance $1-$3 a yard fabric + a broadcloth lining. That makes them so much more affordable for gifts since I can make one for around $5! I like using the cheaper material for them because it tends to be thinner and I want them as thin as possible to fold or roll up.  That french seam really holds even with the thinner fabrics! 

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you! You've inspired me to create more than just these bags and maybe even create a tutorial or two! I just made a dog bed without a pattern that looks just like those $65 "snuggle balls" :) THANKS!

I do have a question to anyone who may have tried this - I did the handles both ways and I haven't decided what my preferences is yet.  However, I made a cute tote for my cousin (These are great for kids to take their PE clothes, etc. back and forth, just wash the bag too) Anyway I tried to make the handles the circle kind - connecting the same sides.  I made them longer and slightly thinner so they will fit over the shoulder.  Since you can't sew the handles and then turn the bag, I kind of faked it by sewing the top of the handles RST and then hand sewed the bottom, but I wasn't happy with the results.  Does anyone have any suggestions for doing this??  I can't post a picture because I don't have enough posts.  I'll come back with 10 posts and post pics of what I mean :) Thanks!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on January 28, 2009 10:13:22 AM
I made them longer and slightly thinner so they will fit over the shoulder.  Since you can't sew the handles and then turn the bag, I kind of faked it by sewing the top of the handles RST and then hand sewed the bottom, but I wasn't happy with the results.  Does anyone have any suggestions for doing this?? 

Hi Yorkiemischief, I modified the pattern to include longer straps but kept the same width, thus I could sew the handle as directed.  Perhaps a wider width would help ya.  Here is a photo of my modified bags that fit on the shoulder.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bethgem on January 28, 2009 12:31:57 PM
This is so great! I'd thought of using a paper bag for a pattern, but not a plastic one. Thanks for the tutorial.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on January 28, 2009 02:53:48 PM
Yorkiemischief - did you try the straps the way I do them?  It has helped quite a few people.  They come out perfect every time :) and are super easy.  I posted  up a tutorial on how to do them awhile back although it doesn't get seen too often - it's not listed up on the tutorial list... I did request it to be added a long time ago along with another tutorial I made but it has not appeared yet...

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257229.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257229.0)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on January 28, 2009 07:31:23 PM
Hey Craftydeb!!!  Fantastic tutorial on the handles!  I see you have a Janome  ;)  Mine is similar and I, too, love my F foot.

Anyway, to my point - I'm sad that your tute hasn't been included in the list because I think it's a great way to do the handles.  Would you like me to edit mine on the first page to include yours as well (with FULL credit, of course!!)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bagtart on January 29, 2009 12:29:03 AM
Queenofdiy, Craftydeb and cute-anarchy you are the three angels who allowed me to easily make gifts for my husband's staff. He is the principal of a small school and he likes to give all his teachers and clerical staff a small thankyou gift at the end of each year. I usually do the shopping!! Over the years it has been coffee mugs, little vases, christmas ornaments among other things. At the end of last year they all received a shopping bag and they were thrilled!!!

So queenofdiy thanks for the original tute , craftydeb thanks for the handle method and cute-anarchy for the directions for folding without a pocket all oh so clever and oh so generous!!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cute_anarchy on January 29, 2009 11:01:16 AM
Awww, thank you & wow, honored to be on a list with those two!  These bags do make the best gifts, I've been loving this tutorial for birthdays and holidays, and the trick on how to do the handles helped me so much too!  We have such a nice community here!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ksquared15 on April 13, 2009 10:21:25 PM
Thank you so much!  I made one for a friend and can't post pictures since it's a secret pal exchange!  But it was a perfect tutorial, easy to follow.  THANK YOU!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Pixsydust on April 14, 2009 03:21:15 PM
I made one of these bags and it turned out great.  Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.  I am so addicted to making these that I went out and bought enough fabric to make 10 more.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on April 20, 2009 11:45:58 AM
queenofdiy, thanks for posting this tutorial!  I have intended to make myself some bags since you first posted.  I finally made time to do it, and I'm so happy I did.  The tutorial was very easy to follow.  I look forward to making more bags in the future.  I didn't add a pocket this time, but I will on any others I make.  I also added a piece of elastic in the opening (3" folded in half and sewn in the seam) so I can hang the bag on the apparatus in the store.




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Munora on April 20, 2009 01:38:59 PM
Very cute bags. I want to try these bags so bad. I'm just a little intimidated by the posts people have made about the handles.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: barbolot on April 20, 2009 02:13:45 PM
I also added a piece of elastic in the opening (3" folded in half and sewn in the seam) so I can hang the bag on the apparatus in the store.
Fantastic idea!  I was thinking buttonholes on the handles, but this is much easier.  Thanks for the tip!  I've made several of these and the instructions are so easy and clear... no problems with the handles.  Don't try to overthink the handles -- just do exactly what the instructions say, even if it seems odd at first.  Once you start, the instructions make sense.  (At least to me they did! ;) )


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on April 20, 2009 02:16:29 PM
Very cute bags. I want to try these bags so bad. I'm just a little intimidated by the posts people have made about the handles.

Thank you.  I wouldn't let the handles issue stop me from trying.  I thought they were very "doable."


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on April 20, 2009 02:19:55 PM
Fantastic idea!  I was thinking buttonholes on the handles, but this is much easier.  Thanks for the tip!

Thank you, and you're welcome.   :D  I had hoped the elastic would serve double-duty by allowing me to roll up the bag and pull the elastic around for storage.  However, the elastic wasn't stretchy or long enough.  I think if the elastic is much longer, it wouldn't serve the purpose of hanging in the store, so next time I will definitely add pockets.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on April 20, 2009 05:07:15 PM
These are very easy to fold and tuck into a little package.   Just fold the handles down, fold in 1/3s lengthwise, fold the top down about 1/3 then fold the bottom up and tuck into the top.

If that is a clear as mud let me know and I'll take pictures when I get the next one done.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on April 20, 2009 06:04:05 PM
These are very easy to fold and tuck into a little package.   Just fold the handles down, fold in 1/3s lengthwise, fold the top down about 1/3 then fold the bottom up and tuck into the top.

That makes sense, and it works great!  Thanks!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: keeperrox on April 23, 2009 04:04:17 PM
Also, here's an image that was linked a ways back in the thread:



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on April 24, 2009 09:53:04 AM
Thanks, I couldn't remember step 3!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: shn on May 04, 2009 05:16:51 PM
If I stop over thinking it, I *may* just be able to get this down pat. ::)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: dip_n_dot on June 01, 2009 10:14:21 AM
my run at this pattern:




I made these for Claire313 in the Ongoing Wish Swap


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SewEnthusiastic on June 01, 2009 02:11:37 PM
I love this pattern, thank you so much for posting it here. I've only just came across it.

I will be trying this soon for sure!

Thanks again


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hat-and-bag-lady on June 02, 2009 05:16:39 PM
I just wanted to share the ones I've made so far.

I even used them at the store the other day and they were so great! I felt like my groceries were so secure, if that makes any sense. I didn't add the pocket to tuck them into since I figure I'll just leave them in my car or on the same table I put my bag when I come home so I'll always have them.  I love these idea for gifts, though.  I have a picture in my head of five or so of these bags in the same color/pattern (w/ the pocket) all tied up with a pretty ribbon.
Ummm ... sheleibean: I think you posted the wrong picture.  This one is a pic of a fly with a watch.  (Perhaps it's something you made and meant to post elsewhere...? You've probably already been called on this.

Ignore me...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: elvesparklydoodas on June 10, 2009 02:06:12 PM
I found this tutorial listed on tipnut and have been meaning to try it for a few months now - finally got around to it this evening and 3 hours later I have a fantastically sturdy, capacious and I think adorably cute shopping bag!  :D
THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing such a brilliant idea - really genius - I want to make a million of them and shop shop shop!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: shelleibean on June 20, 2009 07:32:23 AM
I just wanted to share the ones I've made so far.

I even used them at the store the other day and they were so great! I felt like my groceries were so secure, if that makes any sense. I didn't add the pocket to tuck them into since I figure I'll just leave them in my car or on the same table I put my bag when I come home so I'll always have them.  I love these idea for gifts, though.  I have a picture in my head of five or so of these bags in the same color/pattern (w/ the pocket) all tied up with a pretty ribbon.
Ummm ... sheleibean: I think you posted the wrong picture.  This one is a pic of a fly with a watch.  (Perhaps it's something you made and meant to post elsewhere...? You've probably already been called on this.

Ignore me...

Whoa- that's not even my picture. I don't know why my photo of my bags isn't there- I"ve never seen that picture before.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Teddy26 on July 24, 2009 12:34:19 AM
Hi,

I would like to ask if someone is able to give me the dimensions of the bag? I tried 2 times already to make one and fold it in the front pocket but I seem to be too stupid to do it. Perhaps the plastic bag I used is responsible for the problems. I'm from Germany and we usually don't get such plastic bags in the supermarket. You get this type with takeaway food and they are smaller. If someone could measure a bag for me that would be great! Just the height and width and how deep the gussets on the side are.

Many thanks!
Ursel  from Germany...


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on July 24, 2009 02:22:05 AM
Hi Ursel!!  The finished bag itself is approx. 30cm wide x 40cm high (excluding handles).  The gusset is about 10cm.  Handles are about 13cm high. 

The bag 'plastic pattern' that I have is:

52cm wide x 41cm high (from base to bag opening) with handles extending beyond that by approx 14cm and are 14cm wide. 

The tutorial shows cutting the bag in half on the fold so that makes the 52cm width become 26cm on the fold.

Hope this helps.  If not, I can always send you a plastic bag pattern.

 :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: Teddy26 on July 24, 2009 03:32:23 AM
Wow! That was fast!  :o

Thank you very much! I hope now it will work and will try it over the weekend.

bye
Ursel


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Linnybelle on August 03, 2009 09:01:57 PM
I finally have pictures of one of my shopping bags.  I've actually made three, but have only managed to get pictures of the one.  This tutorial is wonderful though and I plan on making a lot more.  It's been fun checking back to see if anyone has made any new ones.  I'm actually supposed to be making four for a friend of mine, so I'm sure I'll be back with more pictures.

Here's mine:


And the inside:


I chose not to do the pocket on the outside, at least for the ones for me.  I've also made a second butterfly one with an orange interior and a green star one with a floral interior.

Here's to more shopping bags to come!   :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Muria on August 03, 2009 09:26:06 PM
Pretty fabric choices, Linnybelle!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: bronzfrog on August 04, 2009 10:40:13 AM
I love that butterfly fabric.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sew-wannabe on August 05, 2009 09:19:43 AM
I have also made one of these bags.  I end up using it more as a purse than for groceries!  Although it is big enough to carry all I need purse wise and throw in a few groceries on a quick stop at the store!  I made mine with chicken print on the outside and dark green solid on the inside.  I will have to get some pics of it.  This was the first bag I have ever made.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SamsGirl on August 20, 2009 05:25:52 PM
Hi I have been lurking here for awhile and have to say I love this pattern. Now have a question, I had bookmarked a link from here that told an easier way to do these handles, well I just accidently deleted it.  :-[ I was wondering if anyone knows where it is? I have been looking for awhile with no luck.

Thanks in advance

Karen


Edited to add: Never mind found it again! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257229.0

Thanks again!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: mae57 on September 01, 2009 08:20:30 PM
 :) that is a real neat bag how can I get a copy of the tutorial. can one be printed? ???   :) thanks


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: iris656 on September 02, 2009 02:41:04 PM
This is a really clever bag.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ahimsapls on October 05, 2009 02:49:34 PM
i love this project and can't wait to get started on my own, but i have been trying to figure out exactly what to use as my measurements or template. i am too much of a perfectionist to get started using any old random grocery bag as my template and i'm convinced it won't come out to the size and shape i want, i.e. like the op's bag, seeing as every store's bags are different. i looked at the link to the tutorial that the op used as inspiration and was just going to go with the measurements listed there and follow the tutorial here, but i think that the straps would probably end up being too narrow; i like the wider ones. so i'm wondering, what store's bags did you use as your templates?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ahimsapls on October 05, 2009 03:09:16 PM

Open out the gusset and cut in half on both sides:



also, i'm not quite clear what the op meant here. can anyone explain what exactly we are to cut in half?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on October 05, 2009 05:04:18 PM
She means to slit the bag in its side seams so that you have two pieces, essentially a front and a back.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ahimsapls on October 06, 2009 07:42:52 AM
oh! ok, duh. got it. thanks! looks like a target bag would probably make the best template... here i go! weeeee


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on October 06, 2009 08:14:30 AM
I didn't read your earlier post until now, but yes, a Target bag makes a great pattern.  It's what I use for mine.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ahimsapls on October 06, 2009 11:03:31 AM
thanks jennyleigh! i'm wondering, did you add a seam allowance before you cut out the outline of the grocery bag? i measured the top of the unfolded handles and it's 6 inches across, and it seems like after you'd fold the handles in and sew it up, 3in seems way wider than the handles in the pictures you guys have posted. maybe that's because seam allowance wasn't added, and then some of the width was swallowed up in the seams? or maybe i'm just not judging the width correctly by the pictures... :-\


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on October 06, 2009 04:46:18 PM
I added a 1/4" seam allowance all around.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ahimsapls on October 06, 2009 10:39:14 PM
ok cool. =) that's what i ended up figuring. thanks for the help.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on October 07, 2009 03:17:19 AM
You're welcome.  I hope you have great success with your bag(s).


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ahimsapls on October 09, 2009 06:11:31 PM
i finished my bag today! i'm really happy with how it came out, but the fold-up pocket thing didn't end up working for mine. :( i think my exterior fabric was too bulky. or maybe it's because i used some really flimsy fabric for the pocket, and figured that it wouldn't hold up well on its own. so i used some fusible interfacing (first experience with interfacing, btw. i'm quite the novice) to strengthen it before sewing up the pocket, and i think it became way too stiff. oh well! it still works as a pocket, and a good excuse to show off the pretty fabric. ;) and it gives me the additional excuse to get some practice making a drawstring pouch to keep it in instead. :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3996240367/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3996998958/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3996999610/in/photostream/

fabric close-up:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3997001120/in/photostream/

p.s. i can't seem to embed photos from my flickr into my posts properly. :( when i grab the html from the "Share This" menu it ends up just posting all the code instead. i'm no expert, but as far as i can recall from what i learned during my myspace profile personalization days, pasting the html code of a picture is supposed to embed it, right? should i be doing something differently?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: MareMare on October 22, 2009 10:11:46 PM
You need an image code... it should be <IMG> link </IMG> but this kind of brackets: [ ]

But I don't use flickr and have heard that sometimes it's harder...do they have a specific code for bulletin boards? I know photobucket does...

Ok I tried putting that around your link and it didn't work. sorry!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pfirsch on October 23, 2009 11:18:23 AM
p.s. i can't seem to embed photos from my flickr into my posts properly. :( when i grab the html from the "Share This" menu it ends up just posting all the code instead. i'm no expert, but as far as i can recall from what i learned during my myspace profile personalization days, pasting the html code of a picture is supposed to embed it, right? should i be doing something differently?
Another quick and dirty solution is to right click on the images, go to "Properties", and copy the image URL.  Use that in the <IMG>link</IMG> code (with [] in place of <>).  If you use Firefox, you can right click on the image, choose "Copy Image Location", and proceed as before.  This may not be within Flickr's rules; so, check before you do it.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: McBec27 on October 26, 2009 11:01:02 AM
Within Flickr, go to the All Sizes option at the top of the photo. Follow that link, then select the size you'd like to display (I normally go Medium). Once you click on that, you'll see a thing that says Image URL. That's what you want to copy in to the image tag here on craftster. Hope that helps. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ahimsapls on October 27, 2009 08:31:07 AM
ok, let me test that...



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ahimsapls on October 27, 2009 08:31:50 AM
it worked! yay! thanks a ton you guys!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: McBec27 on October 28, 2009 10:32:32 AM
Glad to help - it took me FOREVER to find the first time I went to do it myself. And then I forgot how to do it the second time I tried, so I had to figure it out all over again.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on October 29, 2009 08:46:34 AM
...but the fold-up pocket thing didn't end up working for mine.

Cute bag!
You can use the fold up instructions on this thread even without a functional pocket.  None of my bags have the outside pocket but I used the instructions to fold into small square.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: ahimsapls on October 29, 2009 08:27:38 PM
SkitzoLeezra, yeah i tried that idea i think, where you fold it up and tuck it into itself? it wasn't quite right that way either. but i did make this cute little drawstring bag out of the leftover liner material to roll my bag up and stuff into:



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on October 30, 2009 02:52:50 PM
Very cute, Ahimsapls!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kristine.alcatraz on October 31, 2009 12:19:20 PM
so flipping creative!  i'm going to make one.....RIGHT NOW!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: nimble_fingers on November 02, 2009 01:10:42 PM
Hi
Thanks for the great easy tutorial. I made a couple of these already. Very addictive!!! Great for xmas stocking fillers.
Thanks again

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/197144_02Nov09_101_0166.JPG
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/197144_02Nov09_101_0170.JPG


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: CherryForever on November 08, 2009 10:48:58 AM
I LOVE this. I was looking for tote bags to make as gifts, and this one is exactly what I need. The addition of the pocket to fold it into itself is a huge plus and makes it very portable.
cherry


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: TURTLEBEAK on November 09, 2009 06:37:01 AM
This may be a silly question but what are the dimensions of your plastic grocery bags?  When I look at the picture of your plastic bag vs. mine, my bag seems smaller.  I want to be able to fit 3-2 liter bottles in my bag as you did, but the standard issue Wal-Mart Sack doesn't really allow for that. ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: yorkiemischief on November 09, 2009 10:33:19 AM
TURTLEBEAK - Use a Target bag.  They are the perfect size for this.  I think Walmart bags are more like regular grocery shopping bags which are too small.  Target bags are longer and have a larger gusset.  I also used a small sized one from Jo-Ann to make a lunch bag.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sarafpool on November 25, 2009 11:53:26 PM
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I just finished and wow! I feel like a champion.  ;D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SweetSlingsMama on December 10, 2009 12:27:18 PM
Fabulous (and long lived) tutorial!  I just made a set for a stocking swap :)

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i254/sweetslings/IMG_0152.jpg (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i254/sweetslings/IMG_0152.jpg)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jennyleigh on December 10, 2009 02:19:03 PM
Fabulous (and long lived) tutorial!  I just made a set for a stocking swap :)

Those are really pretty.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: DeeDee5555 on December 17, 2009 10:25:56 PM
I used a large Walgreens bag and cut about 3" off the bottom - I couldn't find a regular bag big enough and the Walgreens bag was a bit too long so I cut a bit off. Made 6 and they worked perfectly and everyone loved them! The tutorial is perfect!  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: CherryForever on January 06, 2010 08:29:39 PM
I want to thank you so much for the tutorial. I just finished my second set of three bags for gifts. They really are quick and easy to make.
Cherry Forever
here's a photo of one set.


www.kudzukween.blogspot.com/2010/01/couple-more-scherenschnitte-valentines.html



Cherry


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on January 14, 2010 04:18:11 PM
I finally finished my first set! I had a momentary glitch when I couldn't get the last seam of the French seam to work, but I realized that I was folding the gusset wrong when I turned it inside out. I messed up the first one (which I'll be re-doing and keeping for myself), but was able to make these 4 for a Christmas gift.

I put a piece of twill tape in the seam along the top edge to make the little hang-on-the-bag-rack loop. I think that for the next set I make I'll use a larger bag. They came out a bit smaller than I expected, but they still came out great, and were very well received ;)



Thanks for such a great tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HippieKender on January 15, 2010 06:51:45 AM
I'm sure I have replied to this thread a couple times already, but wanted to tell you once again how fabulous these bags are! I went shopping at Aldi yesterday and was pleasently surprised at how much I could cram (and I mean CRAM) into one of these bags and I didn't have to worry about it tearing like a plastic bag. It was fairly heavy but not uncomfortable to carry at all!
Thank you again for making this wonderful tutorial. I am definitely going to be making more for myself and for others. My daughter doesn't like the items she picks out at the store to be put in a bag, so I told her I would make her one of her own - a tiny bag just for her stuff. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on January 16, 2010 12:15:31 PM
Wow, craftADDchick - those bags look amazing.  I love the idea of the loop on them - it helps with the packing!!

HippieKender - what a fabulous idea to make one for your daughter.  It will make her feel so independent and special!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: Tobrie on January 24, 2010 12:48:52 PM
After a long long time, I finally finished by first bag made with this tutorial! The photos on how to do the handle were mighty confusing until I decided that I was just going to do them, whatever happened. The most rewarding thing about this bag was completing the handles perfectly, first go. I'm so proud. :D

I love this tutorial very much, thank you, queenofdiy, for posting it! I'm a little awed by the people that have been making (I think the highest number is 35?) lots of these bags (yes, I read all 83 pages of this thread XD), because this one took me long enough. :P I did add two pretty stripes to the front and a pocket to the lining, which didn't photograph very well - I may try again. The lining is this pretty strawberry fabric that I love, but couldn't bear to have on the outside of my bag. Too busy. ^^;

I'm using this as my P.E. gear bag, I think. It'll fold up nicely into the vaguely matching messenger bag I made, too. :D



And a picture that includes my rather fat cat, Tabbitha. He didn't like being in the bag, but the bag didn't mind holding him! :D


Edited to add a picture of the lining + pocket:


:D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on January 24, 2010 02:40:49 PM
Pretty fabrics, Tobrie! I may have to do a similar thing with the bits of fabric I have left from the bags I made.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: Tobrie on January 24, 2010 11:21:54 PM
I think you should, it's even better at using up scraps of fabric you normally wouldn't use, if the bits can be smaller. :D I just wanted mine to match my other bag and I couldn't stand it being just the plain boring blue on the outside. D:
Well done on your set, by the way! I love the fabrics you used, it really does say you're going green. :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sayruh on January 25, 2010 09:35:01 AM
This is great!  Such a useful bag.  Thanks for the tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on January 25, 2010 01:16:06 PM
I think you should, it's even better at using up scraps of fabric you normally wouldn't use, if the bits can be smaller. :D I just wanted mine to match my other bag and I couldn't stand it being just the plain boring blue on the outside. D:
Well done on your set, by the way! I love the fabrics you used, it really does say you're going green. :D

Thanks! And originally, the set was supposed to be mine, so I picked out the fabrics that I really liked, and green is my favorite color. But then, I needed a gift, so off they went. But, I'm pretty sure I have enough bits of the fabric left to make myself at least one striped or patchwork bag. I may have to get a coordinating base fabric, but that should be easy enough ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: Tobrie on January 25, 2010 03:55:31 PM
I hope the person you gave them to really appreciated your work, then. :P I was thinking about that idea - a fully patchwork bag would be quite nice - make a quilt top (of sorts) and then cut out two bits of the main bag from it. That would be too much work for me, but I can see it being totally doable, and I reckon it'd look quite nice. :P I hope you get to make yourself another set soon! :D


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on January 25, 2010 05:16:21 PM
If I do, I'll be sure to post a picture!

And, the green set went to a very good home where they are much appreciated ;)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b
Post by: Tobrie on January 26, 2010 06:09:09 PM
That's fantastic! I hope their new home uses them a lot - nobody really needs any more plastic bags. D: And, your new avatar is scary.  ;D :P


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on January 26, 2010 06:26:49 PM
Our mayor is trying to enact a plastic bag ban, but it keeps getting held up somewhere. Hopefully she can push it through!

And, my new avatar is my old avatar with some "enhancements." I think it finally shows what the expression on the frog's face means ;) I think he should have a little sound clip with a froggy version of Mr. Burns (from The Simpsons) favorite expression, 'Excellent!'


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: SkitzoLeezra on January 28, 2010 09:23:18 AM
Plastic bags serve a purpose, y'know.  Kitty litter clean up.  Doggie poo glove/bag.  Yucky stuff.  Wet stuff.  I re-use them. 
FYI:  Have made lots of the fabric bags and love them with a longer strap/handle.  


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: humboldtcherry on January 30, 2010 09:14:09 PM
Very nice !!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hat-and-bag-lady on February 09, 2010 08:45:33 PM
Here's a tutorial I've made, that is nowhere near as great as this one. It has bag-rack tabs on it.

So, I hope that you have a look, anyways.

Did you know that if you used a (single) reusable bag, 2 times a week, you would use 104 fewer plastic bags each year?

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311421.0

Have a look, and maybe, even give it a try.  (I hope that this isn't against the rules.)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jayslilwoman on February 19, 2010 12:26:08 AM
I feel so stupid!! Ive been trying to follow the tutorial and i get confused with the handles and what the heck the picture is showing..I pinned the main fabric and sewed that..now do i push that down and sew the lining handles together? Sorry for asking something that seems so simple but i just cant get it :)

thanks!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HippieKender on February 19, 2010 08:53:20 PM
I feel so stupid!! Ive been trying to follow the tutorial and i get confused with the handles and what the heck the picture is showing..I pinned the main fabric and sewed that..now do i push that down and sew the lining handles together? Sorry for asking something that seems so simple but i just cant get it :)

thanks!!

When you sew the main fabric, it should just be a straight shot to sew the lining, too (since the main and lining fabrics are already sewn together on one edge).  It's a little awkward, and you may have to fiddle with it, but it works.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cute_anarchy on February 21, 2010 02:56:30 PM
It is kind of confusing the very first time you do it, I know, once you've got it - you've got it! 

I sew the handles first - one set of the outside fabric and the inside fabric, right sides together. 
Down the outsides of each handle, and around the neckline/opening u-shaped-curve, clip the curves.
Put aside and do the same for the other set of outside fabric and lining. 

Once you've got both sets together, I attach the handles by the alternate method someone posted:
Turn one of the sets right side out and tuck its handles inside the handles of the inside out one. 
Put the right sides together of the lining, and right sides together of the outside fabric.
Sew around (not across!) the handle tops: basically put the sewing machine foot just inside the handle openings on the two layers of lining, go in a circle around each handle. Its a little slow and finicky, but not bad.  Do this for each handle.

Open out, and lay right sides together of outside fabric, right sides together of lining.
Get the handles out of the way, towards the middle, and zoom up one side, sewing outside fabric to outside, and continuing across sewing lining to lining.  Do the other side. 

Open so it up so the pretty outside fabric is out, and lining tucked inside. 
(Fold in side gussets here, if you want them.)
Sew across the bottom and trim close to seam. 
Turn inside out, sew across the bottom again, hiding the rough edges within the seam allowance. 
Done!

Here's hoping a slightly different description made something click in your head, and good luck!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: jayslilwoman on February 21, 2010 11:59:00 PM
Thanks for the replies!! I'm going to try it again tomorrow :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Sheeplet on April 23, 2010 08:18:28 AM
I'm so gonna do this later today (after my nap!) This is the first bag tutorial I've seen that I understand. Yay!  ;D

Will have to track down an old plastic bag somehow though, haven't used them in a very long time.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: holliesademocrat on April 29, 2010 11:38:53 AM
I really must learn to sew.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: starmumplus on June 10, 2010 10:05:44 PM
i love the tut it was easy to follow hear r 2 of the bags i made for a swap
folded up
 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: CostumeDesignerMary on July 18, 2010 09:22:41 PM
Thank you!! this is exactly what I've been looking for!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: yaktakonva on August 03, 2010 01:39:08 AM
Totally loving you right now   Going to get out the scraps and make a bunch of these.  Thanks!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Myrdda on August 03, 2010 09:24:23 AM
I made three in two days ... the pattern and instructions are really clear (other than the handles, which confused me until I actually focused and realized what I was doing wrong). The more you make, the faster they go!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: kelegirl6 on August 04, 2010 03:51:11 AM
Ok so I made my own... It could use some help, but this is my first attempt - and my 2nd sewing project ever...  I didn't realize how much fabric was needed for the Target bag I used as my template.  I only have 1 yard cuts of different fabrics, and then when I went to cut my second main fabric the folds were on opposite sides so I couldn't use it! Luckily enough I had left over fabric from my first project (a tied quilt blanket on my blog http://kelegirl6.blogspot.com/ (http://kelegirl6.blogspot.com/))  So the lining is the same fabric but the front and back are different fabrics... I think it adds character!! Its for me to use for myself anyway... I need lots of practice in sewing though..

(This is my 2nd post on craftster so it won't let me to the picture, but here is the link to it.
http://c0013444.cdn1.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/x2_230a94d (http://c0013444.cdn1.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/x2_230a94d)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sartravut on August 05, 2010 12:48:23 AM
I really must learn to sew


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: UnePune on August 11, 2010 02:56:04 AM
Thank you for the great tut =)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: lynnknits on September 07, 2010 01:51:15 PM
I'm a little late to the party but I tried this tut last week and love it! I am now making these for stocking stuffers. Easy and quick- even for a newer sewer.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: goddessgarb on November 07, 2010 07:28:31 AM
I saw this tute elsewhere and it was so wordy and convoluted I clicked away, but your tutorial is just perfect.  THANK YOU for doing it and sharing it here!!!!!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: LordVader on November 08, 2010 08:59:28 AM
Cute!  I didn't read through all of the thread, cause there's a lot of pages.  But how much fabric do you need?  I think I'll make this my first project.  And give it to my sister for Christmas.  I'm making her a blanket.  So I think I'll stick the blanket in the bag, and then give it to her.  :)  *Excited*


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HippieKender on November 08, 2010 09:04:43 AM
You'll need 1 yard for the outside and 1 yard for the lining. 


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: LordVader on November 08, 2010 12:47:59 PM
You'll need 1 yard for the outside and 1 yard for the lining. 
Thank you! :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Eowynt on November 08, 2010 07:43:15 PM
But how much fabric do you need? 
I make several different sizes.  My largest bag takes 27" (3/4 of a yard) of lining and outer fabric, and my smaller one takes 24" (2/3 of a  yard).  I have made a couple of mini-ones, but I'm not sure how much fabric. . .


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Kati [Proud Navy Wife] on November 08, 2010 10:58:57 PM
so awesome! great tutorial! thanks so much!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: LordVader on November 21, 2010 10:06:39 PM
But how much fabric do you need? 
I make several different sizes.  My largest bag takes 27" (3/4 of a yard) of lining and outer fabric, and my smaller one takes 24" (2/3 of a  yard).  I have made a couple of mini-ones, but I'm not sure how much fabric. . .
Just going to ask another question about that, but I guess I don't need to now do I? :P

So you CAN use less than a yard and it'll work out alright?  Cause I got some remnants a couple of weeks ago, cause I wanted to practice on some fabric before I went and did the final one for my sister.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Eowynt on November 23, 2010 07:03:21 AM

Just going to ask another question about that, but I guess I don't need to now do I? :P

So you CAN use less than a yard and it'll work out alright?  Cause I got some remnants a couple of weeks ago, cause I wanted to practice on some fabric before I went and did the final one for my sister.
[/quote]
Remnants are great to practice on - and, yes, you don't have to use a full yard.  My big bag is 27", and it is really big [We call it the elephant bag].  If you want to carry these on your shoulder, adding a couple of inches to the handles should take care of that.  I took my "elephant" to Europe, and I cannot believe how much stuff I fit into it while tromping through Paris!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: LordVader on November 24, 2010 07:30:25 AM

Just going to ask another question about that, but I guess I don't need to now do I? :P

So you CAN use less than a yard and it'll work out alright?  Cause I got some remnants a couple of weeks ago, cause I wanted to practice on some fabric before I went and did the final one for my sister.
Remnants are great to practice on - and, yes, you don't have to use a full yard.  My big bag is 27", and it is really big [We call it the elephant bag].  If you want to carry these on your shoulder, adding a couple of inches to the handles should take care of that.  I took my "elephant" to Europe, and I cannot believe how much stuff I fit into it while tromping through Paris!!
[/quote]

Ok!  Good!  I'm really excited to get going! :)


Title: fabric shopping bags
Post by: zmagen on December 27, 2010 05:50:56 AM
fabulous fabric shopping bags


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: LadyLeitzen on January 05, 2011 11:14:08 AM
i adapted my bags to fat-quarter size. i made four! with fat quarters, i needed 2 for the outside and 2 for the lining (and an extra for a pocket, if you want one)



my favorite part is picking out coordinating linings


i'm so enamored with this tutorial that i made it part of my new year's resolution. i bought enough fabric to make 30 of these (one(+) for each member of my extended family), divided them into twelve ziplocs, and i'm tackling a bag a month so i'll have them all done by christmas time!

thank you so much for this!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: BubbleBaubles on January 25, 2011 08:53:40 PM
Oh so cool!
I'd love to try this when I have the time.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: pranita on March 22, 2011 04:52:11 AM
Hi! I've just got back into crafting after a long time...i chose your project to start with! :)
i made some mistakes, but thank you so much for the well-written tutorial!
Cheerio!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: klinga74 on April 09, 2011 11:14:43 AM
So I know I'm late to the party but I just wanted to post a pic of my new shopping bag. It's a little wonky but I don't care. Love the tutorial! I'm planning to make a lot more of these babies and give to my friends! Very Go Green  :D



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: iluvcrafting on April 09, 2011 01:21:34 PM
Here is what your wonderful tutorial helped me make.  The only thing I modified is the length of the handles, I made mine longer.  I made a total of six and I love them and they are getting a lot of use.  I keep one in my purse just in case and the rest in the car. Thanks so much!



Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Pixiefirefly on April 09, 2011 02:44:06 PM
:I'm gonna definitely try my hand at these! I have a bunch of fabric but no sewing machine so it will be all sewn by hand! I and a big fan of reusable bags. I have a ton of them from all over but they do seem to take a bit of room.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: cjanemurph on April 09, 2011 04:54:04 PM
That is so cute- and such a good idea! I will definitely be making one of these..


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Akkhima on April 09, 2011 05:00:29 PM
Oh this is great! I don't like most reusable bags because the handles are usually too thin, but this fixes that! I will definitely be making a few!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Go Green Sol on April 14, 2011 12:12:11 AM
great job! can't wait to make one :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: DeeDee5555 on April 21, 2011 08:21:31 PM
 :D :D This is a classic - I made this a year or so ago, using your tute! and make it regularly for gift bags.. made a plastic template to re-use.   Worth saying again..very well done and thank you!!!  :) :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: sally1019 on May 02, 2011 08:54:11 AM
Thanks for the tutorial!  :D I was able to make one yesterday afternoon following your easy instructions. Here's a pic of my bag holding a couple of 2 liters of Pepsi and a box of Capri Sun. I love it.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Ashley0224 on June 28, 2011 11:18:10 PM
very nice tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: nikschaf on September 05, 2011 01:01:33 PM
This is such a great tute!  This was my first attempt at making a bag, not to mention one with a lining. To my amazement, the handles went together perfectly on the first try!

I used a Target bag and added a few inches to the length of the handles.  I think instead of folding the handles in half at the end of construction, I will just make the handles about half as wide next time to eliminate some bulk.  I also did not do the gusset when doing the bottom seam, though I might square off the bottom of the bag later, not sure.

I didn't take pics -- probably not pic-worthy since it was a rather hastily-sewn prototype.  I didn't press it or anything, just wanted to see how it all came together.  I might make more of these as Christmas gifts once I've tweaked the pattern a bit.

Anyway, thanks again for this great tute!  Truly a craftster classic!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Jane2 on October 07, 2012 07:52:43 AM
Thank you, thank you.
I have just bought a bag like this (from a rummage sale so it was second-hand) but I will save your pattern to make one for myself. (My boughten one is made of light nylon so will not last a long time, but is worth the 10 cents I paid for it.)
My IMMEDIATE appreciation for your tute is that it described how to get it folded back into itself - which I have not been doing a very good job of.
Thank you again.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: girlfriend on October 08, 2012 10:44:22 PM
Hi, Thank you for this older tutorial, shopping bag.  I have just discovered this great tutorial.  I have a question, does the pocket (to fold and store the bag) get sewn into the inside of the bag or the outside?
Thanks for your help!
-Marcy


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: quimera on November 05, 2012 10:03:22 AM
Thank you a lot fot the tutorial!
I made it last Sunday, I used the fabric I had at hand, not the very best choices, but I was anxious to try it :)





Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Just Sloan on November 29, 2012 05:33:48 AM
I've been meaning to come here and post a thank you, I made one of these a while ago, and it didn't take me too long.  I was a little confused when it came time to sew the handles and linings together, but the rest was a breeze!  I'll come back and post a pic when i have enough postings.  :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: flowers2611 on January 19, 2013 07:31:33 AM
that looks great im new to this and really dont know where to begin so this is a beginning and u did a great tutorial


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 21, 2013 12:52:48 PM
I'll be making up lots and lots of these now. Thank you so much for this!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: Lewcas on January 21, 2013 01:32:14 PM
Ohhhh....this is great....I just spent my day off making my first one of these! Wasn't sure how it was going to come together ??? but it did - I'll be making more!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: HipBagMama on January 21, 2013 09:59:09 PM
Thank you! I am going to make these soon!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hat-and-bag-lady on February 10, 2016 03:21:06 PM
Thank you for the tutorial, Queenofdiy.
I have made several of these.




There are a few more, but I have to figure out how to go from photos back to the post without having to hit the back button.




Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on February 10, 2016 05:59:51 PM
You choose the most awesome fabrics for your projects! :o


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hat-and-bag-lady on February 20, 2016 05:10:37 PM
My Fabric Lady suggested boxing the bottom.
So, I've changed a couple of them.
Here's the interior

Close up exterior

Hanging view


What do you think?


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on February 21, 2016 07:45:23 AM
hat-and-bag-lady, I like the boxed bottom! I always have trouble figuring out how to get the measurements right for making them, but I love how they look on a bag.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hat-and-bag-lady on February 24, 2016 11:38:03 AM
Queenof DIY, I hope you don't mind me putting this here.

Well, CraftADDchick, I did it this way.
First, I undid the bottom.


Then, I resewed the outer bottom. (Making sure the lining fabric is out of the way)


Aligning the side and bottom seams, pinning; then drawing a line 2 1/2" in. Sew on drawn line.

Sew both corners

Choosing the centre of the lining bottom, mark 6". Sew from the mark to the end, leaving a 6" opening (for turning, later).

Similar to the outside, align side & bottom seams, mark and sew 2 1/2" corner


Using 6" hole, turn bag right side out.
Hand stitch opening.


Done


I hope I've been clear enough. If not, just ask.
Thank you, Queenof DIY, for a great tutorial.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on February 24, 2016 07:18:51 PM
Thanks for that explanation hat-and-bag-lady! That's much easier than I thought (I thought I'd have to cut a notch out of the bottom).


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hat-and-bag-lady on February 24, 2016 08:42:07 PM
You're welcome, CraftADDchick. If you'd like, after sewing the triangles, you could cut the excess fabric off, but you don't have to. I just left it, myself.

I've gotten lots of compliments on these. (I make my own bags due to allergies, but I appreciate the compliments.)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: queenofdiy on February 25, 2016 04:48:34 AM
That's a great option hat-and-bag-lady!!!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: hat-and-bag-lady on February 25, 2016 04:53:48 AM
That's a great option hat-and-bag-lady!!!

Thank you, Queen of DIY for posting such a fabulous tutorial! As you can see, I've made several.


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftADDchick on February 29, 2016 04:29:53 PM
You're welcome, CraftADDchick. If you'd like, after sewing the triangles, you could cut the excess fabric off, but you don't have to. I just left it, myself.

I've gotten lots of compliments on these. (I make my own bags due to allergies, but I appreciate the compliments.)

I might leave the triangles, since the extra bit of fabric could give a bit of padding to the corners. :)


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: GiveMeNeedles on March 02, 2016 06:33:14 PM
Awesome! I'm going to have to get working on a plethora of these to take with me to Aldi's! Thanks for the tutorial!


Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 10, 2018 02:23:04 PM
I made one (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455655.msg5499372#msg5499372)! Thanks for the tutorial :).