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I love grocery shopping. Is that weird? It has always been one of my favorite "chores". I love cutting the coupons, looking at the ads, making my list and going to the store. Ever since I was small. Just ask my Mom. I use to go with her and I was in charge of the coupons. During the past few years, I've also grown fond of reusable grocery bags. Not just for shopping, but also for traveling, picnics or family gatherings. But they aren't always attractive. So today for our Organize Me!! Sizzlin' Summer Series I am sharing a super fast and free Reusable Grocery Bag Tutorial and Pattern.
Once you've planned your menu, costed out your recipes and made your grocery list, it is time to shop! When you bring your own reusable grocery bag, you can be happy you are doing a small thing to help our environment too. And everyone you see at the grocery store is going to be jealous of how cute your bag is too.
1 yard fabric
1 yard lining fabric
Optional: Interfacing (you can use a light or heavy if you want more stability)
Print out the Reusable Grocery Bag Pattern. Fold your main fabric in half and then in half again. Place the pattern on the folded side of the fabric. Pin in place and cut the pattern out. Repeat with the lining fabric.
Place main fabric piece with right sides together. Pin across the bottom edge (that is the straight side). Then stitch a straight line across the bottom edge. Press your seams open. Repeat with lining fabric.
Open up your main fabric and lining pieces and place them with right sides together (like picture below). Pin main fabric to lining.
Stitch the main fabric and lining together all the way around. Leave a 3 inch opening on one side so you can turn your bag.
Clip around the curved edges of the bag. This will allow the curves to lay nice and flat.
Using the 3 inch opening your left, turn your bag right side out. Carefully topstitch around the entire bag. This will also close your opening.
Fold your bag in half, matching the front and the back of the bags main fabric.
Stitch from just below the shoulder straps down to the bottom edge of the bag. Make sure to backstitch. You might stitch a second stitch just to add more strength.
Take your front two ties and tie them in a knot. Repeat with the back ties.
Congratulations! You have your own cute, functional and large reusable grocery bag.
Now go put together a great grocery list and get shopping. If you need help with that, check out our Recipes Page or download our free Printable Grocery List .
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Last summer for our Organize Me!! Sizzlin' Summer, I shared our Family Binder Printables. This summer I have decided to go a bit more indepth and share how I get my kitchen and menu organized. You can download last years printables and use them for this years organizing series.
Menu Planning and Recipe Costing Series by GYCT
Week 6: Recipe Storage Ideas
Week 7: Food Organization Ideas
Week 8: Free Apron Pattern
Week 9: Kitchen Organizing Round-Up