|Hand made shoppers|
The stripy cotton canvas has been in my stash for ages and it seemed ideal for shopping bags. I'll end up with three out of the piece of fabric I had, but so far have finished only two. They're easy to make and look better with a lining.
Make the outer bag and box the corners. I made my boxes 5" as this allows a nice wide base that's ideal for 4pt milk bottles.
Keeping the outer bag right side out, put it inside the lining which should be wrong side out. Stitch around the top, leaving a gap between one set of handles so you can turn the bag through. It will look like the photo below before you turn it ...
and like this during the turning process.
Pull it all through and then tuck the lining, which is now the right way out, inside the outer bag. Press the top seam, folding under the "gap" bits to make a nice even edge. Top stitch all around the bag, closing the gap, ending with a nice neat finish.
Et voila! A nice, strong, attractive shopping bag that will last for ages.
Until next time. x