Reinforced Shopping Bag

Enjoy this easy project and be ready for lots of compliments!



  1. Remove handles from bag and sew jeans pocket to inside of bag (optional)
  2. 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!
  3. Sew one side seam right side of the fabric to the inside.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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  7. Sew other side of the bag.
  8. Square the bottom of the bag. You will have two triangles to material to cut off.
  9. Sew fabric to the top of the bag.
  10. Attach belt as the shoulder strap. I like to use an old woven belt.

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September 5, 20150 found this helpful

These are cute, good job!

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