I won a Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway Day prize last year from The Green Bag Lady who sent me a fabric shopping bag and the fabric to make another one to pass on to a friend, which I did. I used her tutorial for all the bags below, I didn't really need a tutorial but it was handy to have the measurements to hand. First, I made three bags using an old sheet I'd bought from a charity shop. The scalloped edge meant I didn't have to hem the top.
3 bags isn't enough. For our large shop, I generally use about 10 as I can't carry them if they're too heavy. My mum had given me an old double duvet cover and I set to work cutting it up. Ever wondered what 15 cut out shopping bags looks like? This:
I got 14 bags from the duvet cover (handles from the pillow case), and also I made one more from the sheet. I chain sewed. I sewed fast and sloppily and it really doesn't matter as it's a shopping bag. Or rather it's 18 shopping bags. (I'm not allowed to left-align this paragraph, don't know why - sorry, I know centred paragraphs are hard to read).
The duvet cover was spotty on one side and stripy on the other so some bags are spotty...
Some are stripy:
And some were cut from the edge so are both:
I'm going to have the funkiest shopping in Nottingham! These are just supermarket shopping bags, I have a fancy pants shopping bag that I keep in my handbag for craft shopping, or clothes shopping trips. These are purely for the supermarket.
If you currently use plastic bags, I beg you to make some of these. All 18 took me a total of about 5 hours I think, so they're quick and you probably don't need 18! We went shopping yesterday (nope, not with the bags, they weren't finished) and I was shocked, as I always am, by the amount of people who still use the flimsy, disposable bags. I'm no eco-warrier, but it's about time the government banned them. Make people pay for their plastic bags and it might encourage them to take them with them when they shop.
Eco-rant over, normal service will now be resumed.