My little girl likes playing with reusable fabric shopping bags, but they are too big and kind of bland and not very child like. I decided to re-purpose one by making it shorter and decorating it. In this Instructable, I will be showing you how to turn a fabric shopping bag into a child's play bag.
You don't have to have a sewing machine for this, but it will make it much faster and easier. The bag I used was free from a bicycle trade show, you can find them pretty low cost at most grocery stores. They are usually light weight and sturdy, but I never could find a child sized one. You will also need a needle and thread, some scissors, and optionally a tape measure and a thimble or thumb protector. We found a iron-on applique of Woodie from Toy Story which was perfect, because it was one of my daughter's favorite toys and what she would end up carrying in the bag most of the time. You could decorate the bag many different ways to suit you needs, from painting to tie-dying or whatever you want.