Sunday, July 28, 2013

Quick and Easy Grocery Tote

This fast fun and easy shopping bag takes about 30 minutes to make.
5/8 yard outer bag fabric
5/8 yard lining fabric
1 yard webbing

Cut (2) 21"x21" square from each fabric

 Lay right sides together the outer fabric and sew a seam around 3 sides. Then do the same for the lining fabric, except leave a 4" opening across bottom seam for turning. Cut a 3" square from both bottom corners of both the outer fabric and the lining fabric.

 Match side seam to bottom seam, right sides together and stitch across the corner. Do this with both corners of the outer fabric and both corners of the lining fabric.

Sew the handles to the outer fabric like so. I surged the handles so they won't fray or you can melt them with a match.
Put the lining fabric inside the outer fabric with right sides together, with the webbing inside and sew all the way around the top matching the side seams. Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining and sew the opening closed.
 Top stitch around the top of the bag and it is finished. It is reversible depending on the fabric you use. I was thinking it would be fun to use heavier fabric like canvas or maybe upholstery fabric.
 I have done two. The second went together really fast. I put a box in it, to show how big it is. The finished size is 15" wide x 5 1/2" deep and 18" high. I surged the first bag to make sure it would stay together but the second I didn't because I wanted to see how long it would take a person who only had a sewing machine.


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