Making the prototype.
|both sides of the quilted grocery bag|
How to make....
Use a bag that you LIKE to make your measurements. Piece together some fabric in a layout of your choice. The first side I made, I did NOT like, and the project languished for a day. So, I ripped it out.
Meanwhile, I was much happier with the new attempts.
After it was quilted, I turned it over and place the straps on it, like this:
Then I folded the long panel in half and stitched up the sides, twice, and zigzagged the raw edges. Some of you might have a serger for this? I do not....
Next, I folded the bag with the side seams on top of each other. This makes the bottom of the bag pointed, like so...
And, if you are asking, why use two different colored handles? A. I like it. B. When opening the bag, it is easier to see which straps belong to which handle, visually reducing strap confusion. I am making a second tote today, while writing this post, and did not make my straps different colors. I will probably regret that...sigh.
Turn right side out and it's ready to go!
1. I padded the handles with two layers of batting.
2. And, I suggest your favorite threads for piecing the blocks and quilting. However, when stitching the structural components of the bag (attaching handles, sides, and bottoms), use upholestry weight thread. You'll need a big needle to go with that. :)
Last, my grocery store sacker thought the bag was too tall, she folded the edges down while packing it. I may make the next one a bit shorter. And, I am embarrassed to tell you that this bag took me 4 days to make. I worked so slowly on it, partly because I didn't feel like I knew what I was doing. I am glad that I stuck with it. I think the next one will go much faster! Hope you will give it a try! Wouldn't it make a lovely gift?