LINED FABRIC SHOPPING BAG PATTERN





Lined fabric shopping bag

Lined fabric shopping bag

There was a time when we all used plastic shopping bags given out freely by the supermarkets and the streets would be littered with discarded bags waving forlornly from tress and pavements.  Thankfully, that no long happens and now we are all more likely to re use our shopping bags or make our own fabric shopping bags.

This lined fabric shopping bag is easy to make and really practical for your own use or for giving as a small gift to a friend.

 

Fabric requirements

You will need two 12″ squares and two strips 2″ by 17″ in the main fabric and the same again in the lining fabric.

Making the lined shopping bag

Sew the squares together on three sides

Sew the squares together on three sides

Sew the strips together to create tubes

Sew the strips together to create tubes

With right sides together, sew the two squares in the main fabric together on three sides.  Turn right side out.  With right sides together sew the two squares in lining fabric on two sides only, creating a tube.  With right sides together sew each 2″ strip of bag fabric to a strip of lining fabric.  Sew both long edges to create two tubes.

 

Turn the tubes right side out

Turn the tubes right side out

Sew down both sides of the straps

Sew down both sides of the straps

Turn the tubes for the straps right side out.  You’ll need to stick your finger down the inside of the tube and pull the fabric up.  Press and stitch near to the edges down both long sides.

 

 

Assembling the lined shopping bag

Pin the straps to the ba

Pin the straps to the bag

With right sides together, pin the straps to the bag with the outer edge of the strap about 3″ from the outer edge of the bag.  Do the same on both sides and check that you don’t have a twist in the strap – or rather than the twist is the correct way.  It’s a good idea to have the strap sticking out slightly aboe the bag so that it is well secured when you sew it on.

 

 

Pull the lining over the bag

Pull the lining over the bag

With right sides together, pull the tube of the lining fabric down over the bag and straps.  Line up all layers at the top of the bag and sew all layers together round the top of the bag.  I find that it helps to move the wheel of my sewing machine by hand when approaching the extra thickness of the straps – it helps ease the machine on to the straps and gives a more even stitch.

 

Pull the lining up away from the bag

Pull the lining up away from the bag

Pin and sew the seam at the bottom of the lining

Pin and sew the seam at the bottom of the lining

Pull the lining up so that it sticks out above the bag.  Turn in the edges at the bottom of the lining to hide the raw edges, pin and sew across the bottom.  For extra strength you could sew this seam twice, but it depends what you think you may be carrying in the bag.

 

Pull the lining back down into the shopping bag, gently pressing the corners out.  Run a line of stitching around the top of the bag about 1/4″ from the top to hold everything in place.  That’s the lined fabric shopping bag complete.

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Comments

  1. Hi Rose,
    This bag was quick to make and was made in an evening and ready for my Granddaughter to use the next morning.

    Many thanks Rose.
    Jean

  2. Rose,
    Thank you so much for sharing your love of sewing! The instructions for the tote bag are very clear and easy to follow. I will be following them to make several totes this summer! Thanks for taking the time to teach others your tips and tricks. You are very much appreciated!
    Tracey

    • Thanks, Tracey. Glad you find the patterns helpful. Tote bags are great for personal use and for gifts. I make quite a lot of them.

  3. Rose, I want to thank you for the tutorial. I bought some lovely fabrics to make some things for my mother-in-law, some of which I did not have any ideas of what to make from it. I already made her a pot holder and will make a lap blanket. With this tutorial I will also be making her and other friends and family some grocery bags! I actually have ones I have bought with the store names on them and thought I would like to do it but thought it a bit beyond me. You have shown me it is NOT beyond me and really quite feasible. Thank you for gracing me with your knowledge so that I may now grace others with the love of God in the form of giving this thoughtful home-made gift. May God richly bless you, in the name of our Lord Jesus!

    • Thank you, friend. Kind of you to comment. I make a lot of quilt blocks for the website and loads of these get made into tote bags. They are so handy both for my own use and as small gifts for others. I’m glad you are finding the patterns useful.

      • Marion Barrett says:

        Hello Rose,
        I am making tote bags for the TQG tombola at FOQ in August. I do like to try different patterns and will certainly make this one. Thank you for your help and really enjoy the information you give out.
        Best wishes
        Marion

        • Hi Marion. Good for you – I’ve been meaning to write an article to encourage people to make bags for the tombola. I must make sure that I do it sooner rather than later.

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