24 March 2011

Fabric Shopping Bag Part 2



Let’s gather the pieces and head to the sewing machine !


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1. Take one main fabric  and one lining fabric  right sides together. Sew the center "U" and two curve sides.
2. When stitching the side curve, stop and secure 1 1/2” from the top.
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3. Repeat steps 1-2 for the second main fabric. Turn inside out and press. You now have two pieces. 4. With right sides together, pin the main fabric making sure it matches at the seams.
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5. While keeping the lining away, start sewing across the main fabric. Keep sewing until the end of the lining fabric . Be patient…needs a little maneuvering :) 6. Pull the handle  to straighten the fabric. You will get this ! The handle neatly lined with an opening at the side. If you intend to top stitch, leave the opening for now. Or slip stitch to close the opening. Press.
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7.With right sides together, place the main pieces together and lining pieces together matching at the side curve. Sew the two side seams. 8. Turn out the bag.  Top stitch the center ‘U’ and side curve to close the opening.Match the side seams and press.
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9. Fold the handle into half and

‘stitch in the ditch’ across the top of the handle. Do the same for the other handle.

10. To make the gusset, fold the sides with the seams inside. Making sure it’s parallel with the handles.
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11. Pin and sew across the bottom. 12. Turn inside out and sew across the bottom again, encasing the seam allowance.
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13. Follow the steps above to fold the bag.(Click pic for larger view.) 14. Make a strap long enough to wrap the folded bag. Note the placement of Velcro and yo-yo flower.
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15. Stitch the strap in center of the ‘U’. 16. Now you can secure the folded bag with a strap! Isn’t that a cute little parcel?





Here’s the front…





…and here’s the back with a cute yo-yo flower!


My daughter loves the bag!

It’s for her Smile



If you missed Part I, go here.


  1. Very cute! And very handy too. I will definitely make one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great bag! It is going on my to-do list!

  3. Too cute!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Great bag - so pretty and at least it won't tear and drop the oranges all over the road!!

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. SO cute, Penny! Thank you so much for the tutorial! I'd love to add this to my tutorial posts for April - may I use your pic when I do?

  7. WOW!! Very pretty bag.. will make one like this soon.:)

  8. Hi Penny. Your blog is very nice. Congratulations from Spain

  9. Hi Penny

    Very lovely ... its looks very practical too ...
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  10. Hi Penny, I happened to visit your blog while browsing, and loved your creations. Nice shopping bag. I should try to make one.Thanks for the tutorial.

  11. This is the best tutorial...Love it! The bag is too cute. Would it be ok if I shared it on my blog on my "Friends on Friday" feature?

  12. Love your bag! I can't wait to try your pattern. I make bags and give them away... time to keep one for myself!

  13. That is a pretty bag, and the way it folds up is just too cool!! So neat. Thanks for the tute!!

  14. Coming over from Fabric Tuesday...

    Cute bag! LOVE the owl!

  15. So cute! Love the owl, of course! Thanks for the tute too, that is so much cuter than the cheap ones you can buy! Thanks for linking to Fabric Tuesday :)

  16. Very cute. I'll to make one. My Lincraft bag has nearly had it. Have a great day

  17. Very very very cute! And thanks for the tutorial.

  18. Práctico y bonito.
    Me gusta el búho.