Sew Your Own Reusable Shopping Bag Or Tote
As noted above, you should choose a sturdy fabric such as heavy duty cotton or calico. To make one bag you’ll need half a yard of fabric (assuming the fabric width is 43″ or more). For metric sewers, you’ll need metre of fabric if the fabric is at least 106cm wide.
It may also be worthwhile to invest in some quality thread, as you may be carrying some heavy items in your bag, and you cannot afford to have your bag break due to cheap quality thread!
There are only 5 pieces to cut out. 2 rectangles form the bag’s front and back, there is one long piece that joins the front and back (to give the bag depth), and then 2 pieces for your handles.
Lay your fabric face down, and then draw out your rectangles as follows:
Bag sides (you’ll need 2 of these) 13 nike air max 1 ” wide by 14″ tall (this gives a ” seam allowance). In metric, this is 2 rectangles 34cm by 36cm (with a 1cm seam allowance).
Then you’ll need long rec nike air max 1 tangle measuring 42″ by 5″ (or 106cm by nike air max 1 12cm).
Lay them out as shown in this di nike air max 1 agram here and then cut out.
Take your webbing and cut 2 handles each 24″ long (or 61cm).
Basically, the long piece of fabric needs to be sewn along three sides of each rectangle (as shown in this diagram here). Place one rectangle along the side of the long piece (right sides together) and start sewing. Stitch slowly when turning the corners of the rectangle. I strongly recommend that you sew each seam twice for extra strength, especially at the corners.
Now attach your handles to the bag and sew on by sewing a rectangle, then sew a cross in the middle (see this diagram here). Again, it would be wise to double stitch these seams.