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« on: April 18, 2004 12:26:12 AM »

Grocery Bag Tutorial

Reusable grocery bags are better for the environment and are so much cuter than plastic bags. Plus they make excellent gifts! For these bags I like to use thicker fabric, often upholstery, for the outside and thin fabric for the liner. When sewing upholstery fabric make sure you use a heavy needle on your machine. Mine turn out quite strong and easily hold heavy items.

Thrift stores are an excellent source for upholstery fabric samples. Try looking in the section where they put blankets and large scraps of fabric; I've had the best luck there.

The body of the shell and liner are both 18″ x 36″. The bottom piece is 6″ x 13″ each.

The shell and liner are made separately. Attach the ends of the large rectangle to form a tube and sew ends together. Sew one end of the tube to the bottom piece.

Make two handles that are 6″ x 15″. Sew long-wise inside out then pull them right side out.

The handles will be in this shape when you sew them to the bag.

Pin shell and liner together. The liner is on the outside and shell is on the inside with right sides touching. They are sewn inside out for an invisible seam and to minimize folds. The handles are sewn in at the same time.

Note: At this point it is easy to make a mistake with the handles. I put them in wrong while making this bag. On the up side I have a picture of my mistake to warn you! Since the bag is sewn inside out the handles are tucked between the right sides of the shell and liner. Heres how I messed up:

Heres the correct way:

I sewed two rows of straight stitch to join the shell and liner. Leave a gap of 6 to turn bag right side out. The extra row helps to secure the handles in place. The above photo shows my fingers in the non-sewn section that I use to turn the bag right side out. After righting the bag hand sew the hole closed.

The finished bag:

A patchwork version made out of upholstery samples. For this bag I made the body patches 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 and the bottom piece 6 1/2 x 13 1/2.

Count yourself lucky if you manage to score some upholstery fabric samples. These make the most unique bags!

I used a thrifted pillowcase for the liner.

Now that you've finished take yourself to the grocery store and feel the joy of using reusable bags!
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2004 10:19:31 AM »

wow! that is so cool, thanks for the tutorial

Damn it feels good to be a gangster
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2004 11:47:09 AM »

Thank YOU so much ....great looking bag!!!
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2004 12:31:29 PM »

Hey, that's excellent Twilight!  Save a tree!  Also, I love your Janice avatar :)



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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2004 08:27:15 PM »

that's quite cool! I love material, also, using cloth grocery bags means no more having- the- milk- break- bottom- of- plastic- bag- and- polout- the- environment ----> so great job!!

It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2004 01:01:28 PM »

They do hold a lot of weight. I easily can put two six packs of soda in them. Another thing that's nice is local grocery stores either give my five cents off for every bag I bring in to use or a token to donate to a local charity (the store adds up the tokens and donates real cash)

eta: Janice is my favorite Muppet character. I just wish she would of had more air time.
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