How to Sew a Durable, Reusable Grocery Bag

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    Materials Needed

    Reusable Grocery Bag
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    • 1 yard 45-inch-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
    • 1 package pre-made "Wright's Maxi Piping." This piping helps the bag stand on its own which makes it easier to pack and unpack.
    • Optional: 4 feet of 1-inch-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 1 (37x14-inch) piece
    • Cut 2 (15x8-inch) pieces
    • Cut 2 (24x4-inch) pieces for the straps or 2 (24-inch) pieces of 1-inch-wide webbing

    Marking

    • Mark the centers of the 14-inch edges on the body of the bag.
    • Mark the centers of the 8-inch 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-inch edges of the body of the bag. (More on sewing piping.)
    • Place 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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    Finish 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 inch on the top edge.
    • Measure and press under 1 inch 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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    Make Your Own Straps

    The Straps
    The Straps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Press the straps in half lengthwise.
    • 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 inch 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 inches 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 unsewn edge of the strap with the 3-inch marking.
    • Sew a square with an X through it to securely hold the strap in place.