Originally Posted by Delfina
I want directions on making the shopping bags. There's probably 50+ bags at the barn right now that my trainer would happily let me haul off.
First off I am no seamtress...Making the bags was never an exact science as all bags had different designs.
But my basic pattern:
Front and back 2 each 13" x 17"
Sides 2 each 7.5" x 17"
Bottom 1 each 7.5 x 13
Handles 2 each 1" x 20" (approx) webbing found at you local fabric store
I liked having the same pattern on both sides so it took two bags for every one finished product.
I first cut the bags open near a seam and wipe clean.Then I cut out the front, back, sides, and bottom.
I sew from the reverse side lining up all my edges sewing approx 1/2" to 3/4" from the edge, I run two seams on every edge for security. When I get all four sewed together I tackle the bottom again using around 1/2" to 3/4" seam to edge, I start putting it together. (I have found that if I cut a small square out of each corner of the bottom piece it goes together much easier, less bulky). Once the bottom is attatched to the sides I turn the bag right side out. For the top of the bag I fold the edge inward two times about 3/4" to 1" I use masking tape to hold in place. Then sew the folded edge down, I use two rows of stitches about 1/4" apart for security. Done with that sew on the handles I kind of just eyeballed this for spacing (melt edges so it doesnt unravel). I sew a criss cross pattern surrounded by a square and attatch to the folded over top. I never had any problem sewing through the material but I di have to play with the tension of the sewing machine you will have plenty of scrap to play with.
Hope this helps, although I came up with the actual plan I used, I started by using the internet searching "homemade grocery bags, reusing feed bags", etc..