These Old Bags
January 7, 2012 § 12 Comments
I figured that a good way to start out the New Year would be to replace my old shopping bags. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time but kept putting off. There always seems to be something more important that needs to be sewn.
Above are all of our old shopping bags that I’ve collected over the years from various grocery stores. None of them are very laundry friendly. But especially the purple one! It bleeds like crazy. And the recycled plastic non-woven one on the right can’t be washed either. The bottoms on all of them look really stained and ratty. And at least one is developing a hole.
Tada. The new bags. I really want to be able to throw our grocery bags in the laundry with everything else and not have to worry about it. All the fabric was pre-washed before sewn. And they needed to be be husband approved so that he wouldn’t be embarrassed to take them to the grocery store. Hence the neutral colors.
They all are essentially the same bag with various tweeks. I love starting with Terry Atkinson’s Fat Sack tutorial and then making changes as desired. The pleated bottom is so easy! I’ve made these before as gifts.
The two on the left have shorter handles because I forgot that I like them longer. And the two on the right got longer handles, but I stitched them to the top rather than extend them all the way to the contrasting bottom piece.
There are so many grocery bag tutorials and patterns out there that you can make. Go ahead and give one a try. You can never have too many bags.