This was supposed to be a one hour project. But when you have a child in school and another dealing with separation anxiety, it becomes a three to four hour project. I have been wanting to make this type of cloth grocery bag since a long time. Actually the seed germinated when my plarn (plastic yarn) project failed miserably. I had many plastic bags and was wondering how to upcycle them. I read about plarn, and crocheting it into wonderful bags (see here).
Turns out it was harder than I imagined. I wasn’t even one-fourth into the crocheting when my neck began hurting as if it was going to split. I think it was because of my spondylitis, but this project just didn’t work. Sob sob 😦
Sad, because I had imagined so many beautiful projects from what I had.
Still, the idea for not using any more plastic bags, especially not adding to the current hoard of plastic bags in my house, had taken root in my mind. I ruminated for quite a while before actually deciding on using some spare pieces of cloth I had to make this grocery bag.
I found an excellent tutorial here.
I made my bag on a similar template.
And yes the best part is that it is foldable. I can fold it manifold and put it in my purse.
Can you see that little strap on top? I made that slight change from the previous pattern. Yarngeek (I don’t know her name, it isn’t mentioned on her blog) added a button and a loop to fold the bag and keep the fold in place. I instead attached a stickable velcro, which I found in Star Bazaar for 22 bucks. Awesome find, I can already think of a million uses for this stickable velcro.
After folding it completely the velcro sticks to its counterpart on the underside of the bag. Like this…
It kind of looks like a wallet that can fit anywhere in your purse. It is large enough though to carry at least 6 kgs of fruits and vegetables.
Husband loves it. I hope you like it too. You can easily make it from this tutorial on Yarngeek’s blog.
You do need a basic idea of sewing and a functional sewing machine. 😛 😛
One more look at my bag.
Happy weekend folks!