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"Green" Re-usable Grocery Bags

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These re-usable grocery bags will help you answer the question "Paper or plastic?" from your grocer, and help save waste and those landfill stuffers you're accumulating. The bags have handles to allow them to be placed on a grocer's plastic bag holder, if available, for the grocery loading process.

We use only re-cycled or vintage materials in order to reduce waste even more. Some of our sources include clothing from second-hand stores, left over fabric found in garage sales, etc. We prefer polyester/cotton blends to give the strength and durability needed.

Just cut out the fabric, sew together sides and handles. Make enough so you don't have to make extra gas-guzzling trips to the store.

Level: beginner
(good for beginners because they do'nt have to pay too much attention to straight seams.)

Need: 24" long, 45" wide cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric.

 
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Step 1: Cut

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1. Cut four (4) of pattern on fold allowing 1/4" seam.

Step 2: Sew sides and handle

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2. With wrong sides together, sew sides and top of handle with a zig zag stitch or anything durable. I used a zig zag first and then follow with a straight stitch since I don't have a serger.

Step 3: Turn inside

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3. Turn outside in and press seams. Run a straight stitch, approximately 1/4" seam allowance, creating a French seam.

Step 4: Sew seams

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4. Turn to right side and press seams again. Notch corners of center for easy hem turning, and zig zag around center opening and handle opening. Secure corners with back and forth zig zag (close stitch.)

Step 5: Finish handles

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5. Fold handle in half, bringing in side and bottom to match. Press and secure handle top and bottom with several zig zags back and forth.

Step 6: Finished Product

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Here's the finished product.
too tough4 years ago
I am missing something. When do the tops of the handles get sewn together? I think I have followid the instructions, but the tops of the handles are still unsewn.
look at the directions for this page. it says,

"With wrong sides together, sew sides and top of handle with a zig zag stitch or anything durable."

SOO, set your machine for zigzag, sew up the sides, clip the thread and sew the handles, clip the thread and go to next section of directions.

or better yet as she said, sew it with a zigzag and then do a straight stitch right next to the zigzag cause zig zag doesn't take a lot of stress by itself.
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