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Reusable Grocery Bag

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.

Reusable Grocery Bag Completed

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.

Reusable Grocery Bag Sewing Pattern

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.

Reusable Grocery Bag Pressing

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.

Reusable Grocery Bag Serged Lining

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.

Reusable Grocery Bag 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.

Reusable Grocery Bag Handles

Voila, a cute, eco-friendly grocery bag.

Reusable Grocery Bag Michael Miller Seals

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.


Infinity Scarf from Free Pattern

This was a fun project.  It was so fun I did it twice!  Simplicity has a free pattern for the infinity scarf.  I used a serger, with the jersey knit it was only one seam, and all finished. I like instant gratification, especially when it keeps me warm.

Infinity Scarf

Here’s a close up.  (Photos overexposed so that you can see the drape of the fabric.)

Infinity Scarf Detail

And, actually the first infinity scarf, I made from leftover sweater fabric.  So for that one, shown below, I serged one side, used the selvedge edge for the other side, and then serged the ends together. I like to wrap it three times so it forms a cowl when it’s windy outside.  I love that it doesn’t blow away like a regular scarf.

Infinity Scarf as Cowl