Sunday, September 26, 2010
I have a set of shopping bags that I made a decade ago from some clearance denim fabric. I thought that batiks would be pretty and hold up well.
I used French Seams, making 1/4" seam with the wrong sides together, and 1/2" for my final seam width. A serger would work fine for this step.
Sew the side seams the same way.
Turn the bag inside-out. Create a triangle in which the bottom seam is centered.
Take out your handy seam ripper, and make a 1" turning hole about 1" from one end of each handle. (If you are more organized than I am, you could remember to leave the hole while your are sewing)
Somehow, my photo of positioning the handles is missing. I marked the center of each bag panel, then aligned the inside edge of the handle 2" from the center (4" apart) and about 2" from the bag opening edge.
Stitch the handles down securely. I suggest at least a rectangle from the top of the bag to the bottom of the handle. You could use decorative stitches, cross - hatching....anything you'd like.
The bags I've been using are 17"x14"x5" and the typical reusable bag is 14"x 12" x 9".
I'm thinking it would be great to color code shopping bags, the way I do cutting boards to prevent cross-contamination...red for meat, green for produce, etc.
I had been thinking about a 3 fatquarter bag, but that would double the volume, and I'm not sure I could lift it when full.