Sustainable Shopping Bag from fabric squares

Do you also have so many fabric scraps in your scrap box?

Then sew a reversible shopping bag. It’s sustainable and fun! And shopping bags are always great as gifts. Either solo or already filled with all sorts of goodies.

Leftover fabric scraps that you can cut into equal sized squares or even test prints of your own patterns are great for sewing individual shopping bags. If you want the bag to be washable, however, you should make sure that the fabrics are made of the same material and have already been pre-washed..

This is a reversible bag from the Spoonflower cotton fabric test prints of one of my rather colorful Hobbies collection (link to the collection at Spoonflower) .

– 36 squares 15×15 cm
– 1 m webbing for two handles
– 8 cm ribbon for 2 tags
Pattern for the cut out under the handles
– Sewing thread

Sew 9 fabric squares each together to make a pocket side. 2 pocket sides for the outside and 2 for the inside of the pocket.

Place the matching bag sides right sides together, sew a tag between the fabric pieces on one side and close the side seams and bottom seam.

Center the pattern for the handle cut out on the top edge and cut out the curve.

Pin the handles – 50cm each – next to the cut out of the upper side of the bag.

Put the inner side of the bag over the outer side of the bag. Right sides together. Keep the handles between the pocket pieces and topstitching together. Leave an opening for turning the bags right side out at a straight seam.

Turn the pocket over and topstitch the top edge just to close the turnaround opening as well.

Outside in blue green.

Inside in yellow orange

Have fun shopping!

And what’s the very first thing you store with your new bag?

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