If you want to sew a useful gift for someone, a reusable shopping bag is one of the best options. I have made a few for my family members, as Christmas gifts, and they are used all the time.
Take this opportunity and go green, use fewer plastic bags!
These are not large grocery bags, I designed a pattern that uses 2 half-yards of fabric or 4 fat quarters – there is an option for whatever you have in your stash!
The bags measure 13″x16.5″ (without handles) and can be carried in the purse.
I used nice quilt cotton fabrics,
and the best thing: they are reversible, what you see below is the same bag!
For one bag you need:
– one half yard of fabric for the outer bag
– one half yard for the lining.
NOTE: You could use four fat quarters as well (and they can be all different).
This is a quick and easy project. I made six bags in just a few hours. I am glad I found another way to show off the beautiful fabrics from my stash!
If you want to sew your own bags, download the free pattern below.
Happy sewing shopping bags,
What a cute bag! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I always like your tutorials & refer back to them often-you do a great job with explanations & your photography is perfect!
Thanks for the tutorial. I'll have to give this a try.
Geta, I loved your bag when I first saw it and am delighted that you've provided the tutorial; you are a very talented and generous lady! Thank you so much. I visit your blog regularly. Kate in Canada
Hi, thank you for this beautiful idea, I'm going to link it today, hope you don't mind! Hope you had a fine Christmas and I whish you a merry and creative New Year. Hugs, Renata.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern:) Emma
wow!! thanks you so much for the tutorial! these are great gifts n___n
Thanks for this great tutorial and pattern….. only just yesterday I was looking in the pattern books at my local fabric store — for this very bag!! I think they will make lovely gifts plus of course we all must try to cut down the number of plastic bags we use – I think it's much nicer to have our own stash of re-usable bags on hand.
Happy New Year! and
Happy Sewing! from Helen in Australia
Great tutorial for a very practical bag. Thanks, Geta!
Of course, the urge to decorate the bags with patchwork is almost overwhelming…
Concha Berdala says
gracias por el tutorial,
Estoy muy contenta de haber encontrado tu blog, tienes cosas muy bonitas
bss desde España
What a great idea in showing how to sew this lovely bag in a detailed tutorial. Many thanks for sharing!
Have a nice day, Martina
Lisa Rosenrot says
Thanks for this great tutorial. Yesterday I did it and the description is verry good. Thanks!!!
ITSM Training says
its looking so smart mind work i like it very much thanks for sharing this with us.
superbe sacosile si ecologice
veena krishnakumar says
thank you for giving us this tutorial.
Just visit your blog i found some beauty full bags really it is very Impressive me,Leder Reisetasche.Thanks a lot for sharing this.
Hands Sew Full says
Thank you so much for the lovely tutorials! I would like to try several of them! Especially the fabric boxes. I look forward to using up those scraps of interfacing!
Cute bag and a wonderful tutorial. I plan to use recycled denim for the outside and then a pretty print on the inside. Thanks for sharing.
Adri Artes says
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this was a really nice shopping bag! I think i might try to make one this week! thank you so much for the tutorial!
I love bags, all shapes and sizes. I will be making this for my grand daughter for her to use for her books.
also, what a great hostess (for swaps)gift.
Russty Thereon says
Nice stuff. I really get pleased to come across such a great stuff. Thank you for sharing.
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Sue Niven says
Thank you for this lovely bag pattern I will be making them for charity.
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I love this pattern and can’t wait to try it. Have you ever try to do one with a type of nylon or something similar for the lining? So it would prevent stains and would be easy to wipe clean?
Beautiful bags. Live the fabric chosen. I have lots of scrap fabric. How i know what to sew. Thanks. Will send you a photo once I’ve done some.
Tried this last night, had so much fun I made 2. Thank you for sharing. And wonderful instructions.
Where is the tutorial i cant find it…