As I have
ranted about mentioned before, here in Wales, we have had to pay for plastic shopping bags for a few years now. While I might agree with the theory, I hate paying for them, so we have got into the habit of taking our own bags out shopping.
Mr HC and Son have always used our black, fold-up, ‘Roy Cropper’ bag, as we call it. Unfortunately, as illustrated in the photograph below, this trusty bag recently ripped, so I decided I would make them a more sturdy replacement.
I headed off to my local fabric warehouse and immediately spotted two pieces of Big Bang Theory material. Mr HC and Son watch the show all the time, so I just had to buy them. One of the pieces, was perfect for the new shopping bag. I’m still deciding what to make with the other piece.
The material is a light-weight cotton, so to ensure the bag would be strong enough, I used a slightly heavier weight plain cotton for the lining.
2 pieces of cotton fabric for the outer bag, each 50cm x 50cm (20 x 20 in)
2 pieces of slightly heavier weight cotton fabric for the lining, each 50cm X 50cm (20 x 20 in)
2 strips of fabric 60cm x 10cm (23 1/2 x 4 in) for the handles (cut these longer if you want a bag with longer handles)
A knitting needle, or similar long stick
All seems are 1.5cm (5/8 in)
Here is how I made the bag:
Cut out the material using the measurements above.
Lay the two outer pieces on top of each other and cut a 10cm (4 in) square out of the bottom two corners of each piece of material – this gives the bag a box base. Do the same with the lining material.
With the right side (i.e. the side you want showing), of the lining material facing, sew down each side and along the bottom. Do the same with the outer material. I then overlocked all the seams, using a zigzag stitch, to prevent the material from fraying.
To make the box bottom, take the lining material and with right side facing, bring the sides marked A and B together, pin and sew the seam and then overlock in a zig zag stitch (see image below). Repeat this for the other side of the lining and for both sides of the outer.
You now have two bags, with the outer the right way around and the lining inside out. Place the lining inside the outer. Turn in the top edge of both bags by 1.5cm (5/8 in), pin in place and then sew neatly, close to the top edge, to join the two bags together.
Take one of the handle strips, fold it in half with the right sides facing inward and sew around one of the shorter sides and then down the longer side, leaving one of the shorter sides open. Repeat this for the other strap.