Friday 30 September 2016

Reusable Fabric Grocery Bags

Since showing you my reusable fabric grocery bag a couple of weeks ago, I've made another nine shopping bags. Ten bags all up - six for me and four will become presents. 

Reusable fabric grocery bags - no more plastic bags. Threading My Way

Today I'll show you the bags I made as presents - two bags for each recipient. Once again I've used Michelle's Patterns PDF Grocery Bag Pattern (affiliate link). It's a great pattern - see the full review I've written, and better photos.

Unlike the other eight bags, the one above, (and another the same) are made with the same fabric throughout. No pretty fabric here, as I wanted them to be usable by either a male or female.

I've been hoarding this text fabric for ages, wondering what to make with it. I knew it would have to be something food related, but the right project didn't surface until now.

I can't find the full name on the selvedge, but with the little info I have, plus a Google search, I'm fairly certain it's Pam Kitty Picnic - Recipe for Success - Lake House Dry Goods.

I can't decide which handles I like the best - the red polka dots or the black. Which do you prefer? 

The photos are not the best, but I was in a hurry to get the post up so as not to miss out on this month's Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew.

Fiona, from Celtic Thistle Stitches is helping us to get organised for Christmas, with the Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew link parties. Each month there will be...
  • a link party where everyone can add their Christmas makes
  • guest hosts with a tutorial for a Christmas / holiday-themed gift or home decoration item
  • a giveaway

This month, Ho Ho Ho is over at Sandra Sews. Sandra has a tutorial for an adorable Snowman Drawstring Gift Bag. You may have noticed Kathy's snowman bag in the latest features. Yes, it was made with Sandra's tutorial.

One lucky person will win a super cute Feed the Animals coin purse PDF pattern, courtesy of Stephanie, from Elephant in My Handbag. If you want to be in the running, all you need to do is link up your Christmas / holiday makes over at Sandra Sews - there's still ten hours left to enter.

I was hoping to sew at least one Christmas present each month of this year. I'm way behind, but at least I've started and now I can cross off two more presents...

... Pam


  1. Red text print with red polka dots - LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! I would carry that one as a tote, not a grocery bag, lol! Thanks for posting to the linky party - good luck! I thought it rather appropriate that the giveaway prize is for novelty zipper pouches - maybe I should think about making something like that! *grin* :D

  2. I want to share about wondering about special cloth with texts, some years ago i got a bundle of left over cloth from a friend, and amongst it was a cloth with some texts and ahand writing ,,,, i had no idea what it could be used for until a friend started a `Short Stories writing course ` i gave her a bag with this cloth for her writing papers , She loves it .

  3. I'm voting for the bag with the black handles and also for pinning that freaking awesome hanger! Where did you get that (them)??

  4. I love that fabric! I like the red handles better.

  5. Yes, I'm in for the red handles. Such great fabric. Like you I've been making tote bags for Christmas gifts. I think I've made five so far. I've also started making oven mitts as presents as well. That's been fun as I've been making my own bias binding which I haven't done before. So easy.

    1. I think the red handles are the most popular, Libby. I've linked back to your tote bags from my previous grocery bag post. I really liked your suggestion of using a triple stitch. You'll never go back to store bought bias after making your own.

  6. So glad you like the pattern, Lorene.

  7. I love the red on red, you have selected the perfect print for the bag!


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