These instructions will take you step-by-step through the process of making a simple, unlined bag, with a flat bottom, ideal for grocery shopping.
There is nothing fancy about this bag - it doesn't have clasps, pockets, bells or whistles - but it is a practical, functional, everyday bag, that is also very easy to make. If you are a beginner sewer, and/or you don't have the time or space to lay out your sewing equipment to tackle an extended project, then this is a great pattern for you.
I pride myself on writing in a friendly, jargon-free manner, and the instructions are fully illustrated with line drawings. If you have any difficulties, I'm more than happy to answer questions by e-mail.
This is such a practical bag, and the instructions help you to make it so quickly, that it will pay you back for your effort time and again. The instructions are written specifically with the time-strapped and frugal in mind. Details about how to source second-hand fabric are given, but of course you can use a new fabric of your choice.
What you will need:
- Fabric (see below)
- Ordinary cotton or polyester sewing thread
- A sewing needle
- A few pins
- A tape measure or ruler
- Sharp scissors
- A sewing machine (this is optional - there's no reason why you can't sew this bag by hand, but you'll need strong fingers!)
This bag is intended to be made out of upholstery-weight (ie quite thick) fabric to give a sturdy finished bag, but you could use any fabric of your choice. Choose a lightweight fabric and you will be able to fold your bag into a pocket. If you are buying fabric off the roll, of a typical width of 137cm (54"), you will need to buy a length of 45cm (18"), but you will have quite a bit left over for other projects (such as my bean bags).
The circumference of the finished bag is around 78cm (30½") at the opening and the bag stands 30cm (11½") high from its flat base to the top edge, but the instructions include information on how to alter the size/shape of the bag to your own preferences, and how to customise it should you wish.
The bags in the pictures have already done many years of service hauling the weekly grocery shop in our household!
If you are looking for a shoulder bag, please see my other listing here: