Making a Reusable Shopping Bag
Reusable shopping bags are a common item as a part of today's waste reduction efforts. This is a guide about making a reusable shopping bag.
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I don't know about you but I hate having to unload 20 bags of groceries that only hold a few items each. seems like it takes forever to haul them all in. I love using my own handmade fabric grocery bags. I keep material that is from clothing or scraps from fabric and make my own shopping bags. This way I am using my resources instead of the plastic bags that end up in the dump. You can make original bags that are gorgeous or just plain bags.
I also love the versatility of them. It makes me very happy to put my recycled material bags on the conveyor belt at the grocery store before I unload the groceries. I always ask them to pack the bags full. Also I find it so much easier to handle the groceries once I get home and have to unload.
So don't pitch that material. Make up some one of a kind grocery bags for your next shopping trip. It will make your experience so much easier.
I also use handles from discarded items or ties from clothing to make the handles. It is a breeze just to sew it onto the inside of the bag once it is finished.
By gem from Gordonsville, VARead 5 Comments
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Enjoy this easy project and be ready for lots of compliments!
- reusable shopping bag
- two different materials
- belt for shoulder strap
- jean pocket (optional for inside of bag)
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- Remove handles from bag and sew jeans pocket to inside of bag (optional)
- Lay bag on doubled fabric. Make sure to allow for side seams and add four inches to the top. This will be one long piece, not two!
- Sew one side seam right side of the fabric to the inside.
- Cut three strips of fabric (two of the print, one of the plain) 5 inches wide. You will hem BOTH sides until the strip is four inches wide. Length will be determined by how you pleat.
- Measure half the bottom of the bag and add four inches. This is where the fist row of pleats is placed. Sew the three rows on.
- Sew other side of the bag.
- Square the bottom of the bag. You will have two triangles to material to cut off.
- Sew fabric to the top of the bag.
- Attach belt as the shoulder strap. I like to use an old woven belt.
Here is a homemade reusable grocery bag with matching coupon holder.
Approximate Time: 2 Hours
- one yard material
- matching thread
- any decorations
- sewing machine
- Cut out body of grocery bag: 23x15 inches.
lining: 23x15 inches
strap: 15x4 inches
pocket (if desired) 5x5 inches square
- Lay out material and cut out body of bag. With contrasting material cut out lining and straps.
- Fold bag, right sides together, sew sides, at bottom of bag, sew corners, 1 inch, cut off access.
- Sew lining the same as the body of the bag.
- Fold the cut straps of contrasting material, in half, sew along one short end, and along side, turn right side out, press, sew other strap the same.
- Leaving body of bag wrong side out, insert into lining, making sure the seams are together.
- Insert straps, 5 inches from side of bag. Sew along top of bag, leaving 5 inch opening for turning.
- Turn bag, hand sew or machine sew the opening.
- The bag is now done.
For the coupon holder
- Using 1/2 yard of material, cut 23x20 inch piece of fabric, if desired, use contrasting material.
- Sew the front and back together, fold 1/4 way up the front of the piece.
- Sew each end, turn, sew up the middle of the pocket.
- You have 2 pockets for holding your coupons.
By Barbara from Spring Hill, FLRead 1 Comment
This is a really simple project that requires no real pattern and once you feel comfortable, you can just cut freehand and "eyeball-it"Read More...
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