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Reusable Grocery Bag


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Love the idea of reusable grocery bags, but hate the idea of advertising for the store that sold it to you? The solution is to make your own bags. You can make some that advertise your own business, like these Lady Bags, or pick a cute fabric - even recycle an old tablecloth. Generally you can make them for much less than the price of those you would buy in the store. Make a statement about you. You are eco-friendly AND fashion forward. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Appropriate for a beginner with basic sewing skills SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Approximately 171/2 inches tall x 12 inches wide x 7 inches deep. Handles are designed to by held in the hand rather than over the shoulder. If you would rather make a shoulder carry bag, this variation is described at the end of the pattern.

Supplies Needed

  • 3/4 hard of heavy weight muslin, denim or canvas, or 11/2 yards of quilter's cotton. With the lighter weight quilter's cotton you will want to "double bag". However, we will permanently join the two bags. Instructions for this variation are at the end of the pattern.
  • Optional: Ink-jet transfer paper sheet (8 1/2 x 11) and ink jet printer for adding custom design on front of bag
  • Sewing thread to coordinate with selected materials

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Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, and wet felting techniques to create unique works of art. Kay blogs about her craft at She says, "I learned to crochet, knit and sew at my mother's knee. She could do it all from sewing to tatting, crochet, knitting, embroidery. I learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7 and just never stopped learning new crafts and techniques."