Complete with blurry iPhone photos, I'm going to show you some reusable fabric grocery bags that I made my Mum for Christmas. I've made so many of these bags now, that I've lost count. But this was my first time adding a removable, solid bottom to the bag.
Yesterday I was down at Mum's and took the bags for a spin at the local supermarket. On returning, I snapped these photos. This is the third time I've tried to take photos of the two bags. Believe me when I say the photos you see today are much better than my other attempts.
Once again, I've used Michelle's Patterns PDF Grocery Bag Pattern (affiliate link). For a full review, check out the first shopping bag I made with the pattern.
I whipped up two bags for Mum - one large and one medium.
The photo above shows the large bag, empty, and with the bottom standing up - just to give you an idea of how stiff the bottom is.
And here's the removable bottom taken out of the bag. Making one is super simple...
- Measure the bottom of the bag.
- Cut out 2 pieces of fabric the size of the bottom of the bag.
- Cut out a piece of very stiff fusible interfacing, slightly smaller than the fabric you just cut out.
- Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of one piece of fabric - following manufacturer's instructions.
- Place the 2nd piece of fabric on top of the interfacing, wrong side down - ie; the right side of both pieces of fabric is on the outside.
- Zig zag around all four edges.
That's it - very rough and ready, but it totally works. You could most certainly modify this to make an insert that is neat and tidy, with no raw edges showing. But, you know what, if I make these again, I'll probably go with my super quick method. No one can see the bottom anyway!
The interfacing I used is a stiff, cardboard like one. If you fold the bottom insert, it actually creases like cardboard. I have no idea what it's called, as it's a generic brand from Lindcraft. Experiment with different types of interfacing till you get one that does the job.
Both the interfacing and the fabric can be washed, so the bottom insert will be washable, too. I'm not sure how it would go in a machine, though - might bend it a bit. It's probably best to hand wash.
The photo above shows the empty bags hanging in Mum's wardrobe, so you can see the differences in sizing and just how much structure the inserts add to the bottom of the bags. Mum stores the bags, one inside the other, on a hanger in her wardrobe.
I have yet to master the art of iPhone selfies in a wardrobe mirror... LOL!!!
Much as I like the inserts in these bags, I won't be adding them to my shopping bags. I like the ease of just folding my bags and shoving them inside another bag. The bottom insert was a special request from Mum.
I'm sure you guys can think of lots of ways to add a removable bottom insert to a shopping bag. Let me know your ideas.