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« on: July 13, 2008 06:16:09 PM »

I figured out a way I can have a really easy grocery bag without all the material and work. I found that the other grocery bag patterns use a lot of material and is also a lot of work (Not that I have anything against that bag I made a few of them but it is just too much work for me haha).

start off with a half of a meter of fabric or two fat quarters I measured mine out the second one I made was 19 1/2cm  by 17 cm, you should have a good size strip of material left over this will be for the handles.

then I sewed  the two side seams with right sides together

you can't really tell in this picture but believe me they are sewed together.

then turn your material with rights sides facing out and press.
Fold side seams in 3 inches on both sides, pin in place and press.

sew the bottom seam and trim them fairly close to the stitching

turn the bag inside out and sew the bottom again, this allows extra support for the bottom because the seam is covered.

with right sides still together hem the top 2 1/2 inches then press under the raw edge. The hem at the top will be 1 1/2 inches when done. 
for some reason I did not take a picture of this part. When I make some more then I will update my tutorial. once the top of the bag is hemmed it is time  to put some handles on. now once Again I am sorry but I didn't take any pictures of this but it is a normal bag handle
what I did was once I measured the bag part I took the rest of the material and thats what I used as the handle.  I pressed the raw edges under and folded the handle lenght wise  and sewed up that edge of the strap.
I placed my straps where I liked them on at the top of the bag and sewed them in a box shape with an X in the middle.
here is the finished bag.

I hope this helps you out. This is my first tutorial so go easy on me  Wink I hope you like these bag as much as I do the best part of them is that there is no extra material!

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2008 06:31:03 PM »

This looks like a good tute! I'm book marking it, because my mom uses reusable shopping bags ALL THE TIME, so I'm gonna make her some for our birthday! Great job, I'll let you know how they turn out!

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2008 03:46:49 AM »

Thanks for the great tutorial. !! Seems very easy to follow.  Yeah the same thing was bothering me about the other shopping bag tutorials - way too much fabric ! 
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2008 08:23:49 AM »

This is really easy & I like that there are no leftovers. One questions tho:

Fold side seams in 3 inches on both sides, pin in place and press.

Am I creating a gusset right here? I can see by the pic that there is a gusset at the top side.

Thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2008 10:08:06 PM »

Great job!  Good way to whip up several bags to avoid using so many of those awful plastic bags!

Thanks for the tute and thanks for sharing!
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008 10:32:07 AM »

I'm not sure what I did was a gusset to tell you the truth. at the bottom of the bag before I sewed the bottom seam I folded the sides of the bag inwards 3 inches( on both sides) and instead of having just a sack type bag give it more depth. so if you call that a gusset then yes if not then no haha  if that sounds a little confusing I am sorry

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