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I love create beautiful art, gifts and household items with fabric, paint and thread; using flowers, gardens and my surroundings as inspiration. I have begun to write patterns so that anyone who ...

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Basic Sturdy Grocery Tote Bag

from Andrus Gardens Designs
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Basic Sturdy Grocery Tote Bag
Basic Sturdy Grocery Tote Bag
Basic Sturdy Grocery Tote Bag
Basic Sturdy Grocery Tote Bag
Basic Sturdy Grocery Tote Bag
Basic Sturdy Grocery Tote Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic Sewing Skills
  • Comfortabe using Sewing Machine

Pattern Description:

I was frustrated with the poor quality of the reusable grocery bags that were available, so I designed my bags to be as sturdy as possible and easy to make. These bags are also great projects for using up fabric scraps left from quilting projects. The bags I have made are sturdy enough to fill with heavy items, and are machine washable, too.

Learn how to make your own durable reusable grocery or tote bags using either large pieces of fabric or scraps left over from previous quilting projects. This pattern includes sixteen pages of detailed instructions with over 50 photos of the process to guide you in creating your bags. Beginners with basic sewing skills to advanced sewers can create unique bags.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 7.5"x12"x13" high with handles 9-11" long


  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron and board
  • Rotary Cutter, Mat and rulers
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Colored Pencils for Marking
  • Parchment paper or Teflon sheet
  • 7.5"x12" Piece of Wonder Under Fusible Web
  • Assorted fabric strips or pieces equal to about 1 yard for outside of bag
  • Fabric for Handles- 1 1/2 yards *
  • Lining Fabric- 32" x 44" wide *
  • * Lining fabric above is enough for two linings, handle fabric is enough for 4 bags.
  • ** Cutting rulers- appx.12"x12" and 6"x24" are ideal

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