I was inspired to make this bag after reading about the City of San Fransisco's ban on plastic shopping bags. It is made from pillowcases which are readily available from thrift stores and yard sales in many colors and patterns. A set of these would make a wonderful gift for an eco-conscious friend. They fold up very small to fit in a purse or a pocket. You could even fit one in a large envelope and mail it to your friend!

Step 1: Materials

2 packages of doublefold bias tape
matching or contrasting thread
plastic shopping bag & large piece of paper (for making pattern)
scissors, pins, sewing machine, iron
<p>if you don't find a plastic bag for a pattern, consider a thrifted tank top. Lay the open bottom of the tank on a fabric fold, draw around and cut out.</p>
These would be perfect for leaving in the car and would easily washed. Great project.
That's one old and strong sewing machine xD. Singer machines aren't what they used to be know... Lovely instructable <3. You make it look easy. xD
I searched forever for reasonably priced shoping bags and found your pattern. This is great! I have made a couple and each time it takes less time to complete. (Only about 45 minutes.) I am making some for myself and as teacher gifts for Christmas this year. What a great use for these old pillowcases!!! Thanks!
I'm glad you are having fun with it! I hpe to make a bunch of them for gifts, too... I guess I'd better get started!
This looks so fun and easy!! You could leave these in your car so you'd be ready any time to use them (maybe I should think about car alternatives). Thanks for a great instructable! Lisa
Thank you! My goal is to make a whole buch to keep in my car for the grocery store. No "car-alternative" here, we live too far from the nearest store!

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