Simplicity Pattern 2806, view B, is my very favorite reusable grocery bag pattern. I have made it with a self lining, with leftover decorator fabric, and with tapestry. I have given them away as gifts. I use them for storage. And now it’s time for a new print.
This is a Michael Miller print, which I incorrectly thought had seals swimming right side up and up side down. So… on one side, they’re upside down because I failed to use a with nap layout. But that hasn’t stopped me from liking the end result. And I don’t think that the children have noticed.
The pattern is written to use one yard of fabric. But I often use one half yard of print fabric, and one half yard of plain light colored fabric as a lining. That way I get two print bags, and can easily see things that are inside the bags.
Unlike the t-shirt bag, this grocery bag really does look nicer if you press it. I also top stitch along the opening, to keep the fabric from twisting.
I interlined the bag (sewed the lining and outer layer together), because it’s faster. And I don’t intend to carry the bag with the plain side out. So I don’t care if the serged edges show inside the bag. I’ll only see them when I turn the bag inside out into the washing machine.
As with the t-shirt bag, turn the bottom seam to the side seam to make a point. Then sew across to form a gusset.
I have tried several methods for attaching the two straps together. On this version of the bag, view B, the pattern instructions specify to press in the edges, then hand sew. But I haven’t found that to be a very strong way to fasten the pieces together. So, after trial and error, I like this way best: Serge the edges. (Yes, they are going to show.) Overlap the two handle pieces. Sew across three times. Then sew near to the top stitching on each side. Repeat. This will not come apart while you cross the grocery store parking lot with a bag full of heavy items.
Voila, a cute, eco-friendly grocery bag.
I think I’m finished with bags for the moment. I need to make one more fleece jacket. Then it’s time to begin sewing for Spring.
That’s the plan anyway.
- Wash Those Reusable Grocery Bags (kcet.org)