Sew a Durable, Reusable Grocery Bag

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    Materials

    Reusable Grocery Bag
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    Materials


    • One Yard of 45" wide durable fabric such as canvas or denim - Preshrink the fabric so it doesn't shrink the first time you need to wash the bag.
    • Thread
    • One package of pre-made "Wright's Maxi Piping". This piping helps the bag stand on it's own which makes it easier to pack and unpack.
    • Optional- 4 feet of 1" wide webbing (or sew handles as provided in the instructions)

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    Cutting and Marking

    Cutting Diagram
    Cutting Diagram. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Cutting
    • Cut one 37" by 14" piece
    • Cut two 15" by 8" pieces
    • Cut two 24" by 4" pieces for the straps or two 24" pieces of 1" wide webbing.

    Marking
    • Mark the centers of the 14" edges on the body of the bag.
    • Mark the centers of the 8" edges of the side pieces.

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    Sew the Sides of the bag

    Sew the Sides of the Bag
    Sew the Sides of the Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Sew the piping to the 37" edges of the body of the bag. (More on sewing piping)
    • Placing the right sides together, matching the center markings of the body of the bag and the sides of the bag.
    • Pin the body of the bag to the sides of the bag, clipping the body of the bag at the corner of the side of the bag.
    • Sew the body of the bag to the sides of the bag, using the piping stitching as a seam guide.
    • Apply a seam finish to enclose the raw edges.
    • Press the seams.

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    The Top Edge of the Bag

    The Top of the Bag
    The Top of the Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Press under 1/2" on the top edge.
    • Measure and press under 1" to enclose the pressed under edge.
    • Stitch the hem in place by sewing as close to the turned under edge as possible.

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    The Straps - Making Your Own

    The Straps
    The Straps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Press the straps in half length-wise.
    • Bring the raw edges in to meet the center fold line.
    • Press so that the raw edges are enclosed.
    • Sew the folded edges and 1/4" in from the folded edge.
    • Sew a seam finish on the ends of the straps to enclose the raw edge.

    Note: If you're using webbing for handles consider making a comfortable handle as described in the Simple Log Carrier Instructions


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    Attach the Straps

    Attach the Straps
    Attach the Straps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Measure in 3" from the side seam on the body of the bag.
    • Pin the strap in place, aligning the seam finished edge of the strap with the bottom of the hem and the un-sewn edge of the strap with the 3" marking.
    • Sew a square with an X through it to securely hold the strap in place.