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101  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fold-up Nylon Grocery Bag - copy of the "old" Safeway Eco-bags on: June 26, 2009 03:14:53 PM
I am sooo impressed with myself. I have been patting myself firmly on my back.
Back before the (ugly) black "green" bags flooded the market, there were very nice nylon bags available at the Safeway Grocery store


A few times I have bought nylon material with the full intention of copying these bags because they were so great.  However, there would be a project that would need a lining or an interlining or a something or the other else, and I'd use my nylon for it.
So, recently, I decided that I would use the nylon that I'd bought for this bag and make this bag!  That was it, I was absolutely determined.

This is the instructions that I had written out in March '08.
After cutting out the pieces required and sewing them together, this is what I had.

Something that I did that wasn't on the original, was I made little channel-type of things to go along the sides

This was why

I wasn't certain whether I had made the channels large enough to go over the rack arms, but apparently I did.

View from the top


I wish I could say that the rack-arm channels were my very own idea, but they weren't
On Earthday, I received lots of e-mails from various re-usable bag websites and from the major pattern companies.  One of the major pattern companies had a pattern for reusable bags that had these rack-arm channels on either side. I thought that it was a Clever Idea. I also figured (correctly) that it wouldn't be difficult to copy. And it wasn't.

I'd appreciate any feedback that you want to leave (Even if it's just that you think that I'm conceited.)

Thank you for looking.

PS: Did you know that if you used 1 reusable bag, twice a week, you would use 104 fewer plastic bags in 1 year?
102  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My New Bag (McCalls M4851) (7 photos) on: May 27, 2009 11:30:14 PM
I made one of these before, but gave it away when I was low on duccats and there was a Shower.
I am proud of this one. It turned out quite well.  My "fabric-lady", Anita helped me to choose the fabrics. They go well together.
I was certain, after the first one, that I would never make another one of these, but I missed using this on car trips (It holds all the extraneous stuff that I feel I need on a car trip)

The beginning: the bottom edges of the outside bag aren't done yet.

A piece that isn't included in the pattern: I added a Snap Flap

Coming right along: the lining isn't in the bag yet, and the organizer isn't even started at this point.

A side view ... on its side (I don't know how to turn photos on craftster.org. Sorry)

Skipping a couple of days ahead, here's the organizer in front of the finished bag. (the number is written in chalk to show what piece number the fabric was.)

And the organizer in the bag. Incidentally, the bag interior with the organizer has 11 pockets, the exterior of the bag has 6.

...And packed and ready to roll. Grin

Stuff I didn't show in the photos and am ashamed to admit to, but it would be less than honest if I didn't; Embarrassed I didn't do a very good job sewing the bias tape to the sides of the organizer. On the top and the tops of the pockets, I did alright, but the sides ... well my excuse is it was late at night, and I wanted to get it done. The other thing I didn't do and didn't show was the bottom of the organizer: it doesn't have any bias tape, but the pattern called for it. (see above excuse) Otherwise, I'm happy with it.

Some feedback would be appreciated, if you have time.  Thank you.
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