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« on: July 15, 2019 08:00:11 PM »

I saw an attractive pillowcase when I was looking at the Salvation army (resale shop) for a sheet to use for the Reusable kitchen garbage bag. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458679.0)

I had the vague thought I could make a shopping bag from it. Since it wasn't expensive, I bought it with the sheet I'd chosen.

I thought about and planned it while it was"resting". I decided it could have just a facing in the handles, rather than lining the entire bag. Thinking on it further, I wondered if the top fold could be unfolded and used for the inside facing.

When I decided that the fabric was well enough "rested", I took the shears to it. I cut off the top fold. I opened the top fold, and found that it would be plenty enough for the facing I planned.

Using a plastic shopping bag for the pattern, I cut out the handles. Then, I did the same in the top fold.

I decided to use the"Singlet Style Shopping Bag" tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0 )
following Her Crafty Majesty's instructions, mostly, I attached the facing to the bag.
I attempted to sew the bag handles together first: but, discovered that the facing had to be inside the bag when I sewed the top of the handles together. After seam-ripping, I was able to sew the handles together. Then I topstitched, which held down the facing.
Last of all, I boxed the bottom. To finish it, I sewed the triangle to the bottom seam.

So, what do you think, Craftsters? A good idea, not so much, or somewhere in between?

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2019 02:41:13 PM »

I totally did the same thing with that very tutorial! I think using pillow cases for bags is a great idea, why the heck not? I did fully line the one I made though, I think it adds to the strength for carrying heavy produce.

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2019 09:27:02 PM »

I used this today; the clerk immediately recognised it as a former pillow case. I was surprised, but she said that she's used pillow cases as Halloween candy bags for many years.
Then, she said that she would buy lots of them, if they were in a craft sale.

It works well.

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