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This is by far the simplest bag pattern I have used.  Years back I had a re-usable bag someone had given me.  It fit two 1 gallon jugs of milk in it perfectly.  When I gave it a good look-sie I was surprised to see how easy it would be to make my own bags.

Materials:
1 yd of Fabric- (in this demo I used oil cloth) 
Ribbon (go nuts- make your bag fancy)
Sewing machine 
cardboard (to make the pattern)
 
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Step 1: Cutting out the pieces

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I like to cut my pattern out of cardboard for this project.  You can make the pattern just as easily from fabric.
There are two pieces:
1) the main body- a large rectangle that is 36"x16"
2) the sides- a smaller rectangle that is 7"x16"
*on piece #2 at one end of the width curve the corners. 

Now that you have the patterns, use them on your fabric and cut it out.
Note that with piece #2 you need to cut 2 of these out.

If you want to get fancy cut piece #1 from one fabric and #2 from a different design of fabric.



Step 2: Cutting the straps

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Cut two straps at 3" x 25"

Step 3: Sewing the sides

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Sew piece #2 to each side (or width) of piece #1.
Go slow as you go around the bottom of piece #2.

If you are not using oil cloth press the seams open.

Step 4: Turn the bag

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Step 5: Sewing the straps

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The type of fabric you are using will determine how you sew up the straps.

Oil Cloth:
You need to fold it in half and then each end is folded under about 1/4".  The 'right' side of the fabric is facing out.
On the sewing machine stitch it together.

Other fabrics:
You need to make a tube, sew it shut (wrong side out), and turn it.
1.  fold fabric in half- wrong side out
2.  Sew it down the length with a 3/8" seam, at the top turn and sew it closed
3.  At the closed end (using a pencil with the eraser end) push the fabric through and pull it right side out
4.  Press 

Pretty!
blossom92832 years ago
Good Details on how to sew these together
Lots of great pictures and I love that you do your patterns in cardboard too. I do that so they don't rip or go all funny when I store them. :D
Chicken Girl (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
I 'stack' all my cardboard patterns for easy storage. My other alternative pattern material is muslin. Every year or so I buy a bolt of it for about $.50 a yard.
That is such a cute bag! I love the fabrics you chose to use.
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