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Topic: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)  (Read 1063126 times)
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« Reply #340 on: September 25, 2007 10:01:23 AM »

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.

One is less than three.
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« Reply #341 on: September 25, 2007 10:07:43 AM »

 Wink  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.

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« Reply #342 on: September 26, 2007 02:18:21 AM »

you guys find the coolest fabric  Grin 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  Cheesy
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
« Reply #343 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!!

« Reply #344 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.


« Reply #345 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!
« Reply #346 on: October 01, 2007 12:14:19 PM »

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!!!!!
« Reply #347 on: October 01, 2007 02:50:20 PM »

omg, beautiful fabrics.  where did you get the "Village" one?

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« Reply #348 on: October 01, 2007 10:49:11 PM »

That fabric with the houses is lovely!

« Reply #349 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.
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