Reusable grocery bags are generally quite ugly. They're also thin and flimsy. But not these!
The bags are made the same way with the exception of the handles. I'll show you that when we come to it.
Lay out your shams. Quilted ones are great!
I went iron on. Cut to length and iron on the bottom layer.
Remove paper backing and iron on the top.
You need to add your handles right now. I did it two different ways.
First way makes this bag:
You will need fabric for the handles. I chose to use some duck fabric because I had it handy and I thought the thickness would provide some additional support. I won't do it again. . . duck fabric is a pain to work with.
The easiest/smartest way to do this would be to sew a tube, flip it and sew both sides. Duck fabric is impossible to do this with because I have no patience so here's an alternative:
Decide where to attach it to your bag. Note that the closer together the handles are, the less support it is to your bag BUT the wider you can pull your bag apart with the handles (if that makes sense?!!?!)
I chose to put mine close to the ends.
Trim the bottom corners off the handle.
Fold the bottom under and pin in place.
Sew in place. I used a zig zag stitch and sewed a square. Here's the back:
And the front.
Here's the other bag with the other handles:
The bag shape is actually the same but the fabric just naturally folds in if there's nothing in the bag holding its shape.
Lots of room!
These handles are different because they're 1) narrower 2) closer together 3) attached a little differently.
1) Narrower: Fold one long end of your fabric to the middle. Do the same with the other side.
Decide where you want your handles. Closer together will make the bag easier to get into if you are someone who keeps one strap on your shoulder and pulls the other strap away to get into the bag. This will be my Farmer's Market bag because that's what I do when I'm there!
3) Attached different.
Lay your straps down where you want them to sit. Put them upside down.
Fold them up and sew them down! Because the straps are so close, the sides tend to flop in.
Future bags will have narrow straps with wide placement - a combo of the first and second bag I made. It will make a nice "all around" grocery bag.
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