Shopping a little greener

I love the cloth grocery bags my local grocery store has given us lately but I have a silly thing about using a branded bag at another store. Plus I really would like something cuter. When I saw this fabulous heavy cotton fabric at Ikea this weekend I decided to make my own.
Cloth Grocery Bag
I used a paper grocery bag as my pattern & it couldn’t have been easier to sew up. I then decided to add a few extras like top stitching the corners to give it more shape & reinforcing the square bottom with a stiff plastic liner.
Cloth Grocery Bag
I also gave it slightly longer straps so I can wear it over my shoulder but not so long that it will hang on the ground if I hold it in my hand. I plan on cutting out a few more tonight & have an idea to add tabs so it can be folded into a 6-inch square that snaps together for easier storage.

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10 Comments to Shopping a little greener
    • Anonymous
    • Well done, commendable. I haven’t seen one of those paper bags you used to shape your bag in years over here in Australia. Bugger!

    • Kim
    • I love the fabric and the bag is just wonderful!

      I’ve been meaning to make some of my own but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    • toontz
    • That is just so beautiful. I LOVE the fabric! Much nicer than anything you could buy to haul those groceries around.

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