Pattern: Paper Grocery Bag from Oh!Fransson
Fabrics: From IKEA. Thick curtain fabric for both the exterior and the lining. I got the cotton webbing for handles in a sewing store.
Project time: June 8th, 2008 - June 16th, 2008
Modifications: None. Unless you count using fusible interfacing for the bottom part instead of the suggested non-fusible... To be honest I didn't see any reasons for modifications when trying out the pattern. For my next ones (for there will be more of them), I'll probably add some closure for at least one of the pockets and for the bag itself; either a magnetic snap or velcro.
Thoughts: I loved making this and I love the end product!!!
Action shot outside the grocery store
There are not an awful lot of pieces to cut (a total of ten) and they are all simple rectangles. Some can be made with the fabric folded double to make it even easier.
One of the fronts of the bag
Instructions are clear and have both pictures and words to explain the different steps. This bag is constructed in a way I've never tried before. There are details I really like. The way the pocket is applied. The way the straps are applied and secured. The extra layer of fabric for the bottom that hides the bottom of the pocket and the straps, and makes the bag sturdier. How the lining is secured so it won't bunch up inside the bag. There's absolutely thought put into this design! Thanks, Elisabeth!
A fun and colourful lining to the black-and-white exterior. And plenty of room for a cat.
I did have some difficulties adding the last parts of fabric at the top of the bag. It needed edge stitching that I couldn't really get straight and tidy. I used my seam ripper once but decided to keep the seam as it was the second time around even if it was a bit wonky. For my next bag, I'll spend some time handbasting the pieces together and see if that will make it easier for me.
One side of the bag
I'm seriously thinking about making more of these bags for myself, but also make some for Christmas gifts. Who wouldn't need a Paper Grocery Bag? I've used it today and it holds a lot of a stuff. I think it'll be good for day trips to the beach as well.
I brought all of this home from the grocery store without any problem.