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i am not a GREAT sewer but i can do basics i want to make some reuseable grocery bags out of old clothes how would i make effective handles and a flat bottom? any tips would be helpful
 

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I've seen a few patterns out there, but here is one<br><br><a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/clothbags.html" target="_blank">http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/clothbags.html</a>
 

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I;ve made a few bags simply by sewing the bottom of old singlets shut; the shoulder straps of the singlet become handles and the bags are good size for shopping, not to mention virtually free. the knit cottons usually have a good amount of stretch in them too.<br><br>
I'm also a big fan of crocheting new reuseable bags out of old disposable plastic shopping bags; just cut the bags into strips, if you start and the bottom and cut in a spiral you can get one long strip out of the whole bag, then crochet like normal.
 

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I've been thinking about making grocery bags out of old denim jeans, I have a huge pile. Does this sound like a crazy idea? Do you think the fabric would be too heavy? They would be durable and washable.
 

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my DH makes handbags and backpacks out of old jeans and they work really well.
 

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Old jeans will be great for paper-bag style totes, and t-shirts make excellent plastic shopping bag alternatives.<br><br>
For a flat-bottomed tote, cut a paper bag down the center line on each side. Then cut from the center-line to the corner along the bottom edge, and lay the resulting piece out flat. It'll look like a big rectangle with a square "bite" out of the center of each long side. This is your pattern. If you cut off a leg of a big pair of jeans, and open it up along one seam, you should be able to cut your bag piece out of that.<br><br>
For the t-shirt bags, you first turn the shirt inside-out and sew across the bottom. Then you cut off the sleeves and neckband, leaving about an inch or so of fabric on either side of the sleeve seam. Hem the cut edges to make the handles. Turn right-side out, and you have a sturdy bag!
 

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i really like that idea for re-using t-shirts! i'll have to keep that in mind for when i've finished some of my projects that are already started <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Oh mamas you insired me!<br><br>
I sewed a small bag from a gap sleeveless top I don't wear anymore (cos brick red is not my colour<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: )<br><br>
I cut the binding off the sleeves and neckline then folded the top with the side seams laying on top of each other before I sewed the bottom hem like you do to make a bag from a felted sweater. The armholes now fit over my arm so I can carry the bag tight against my body if I want to!<br><br>
Have aany of you tried the <a href="http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html" target="_blank">tiny happy bag</a>? You could adjust that patten to make a roomy shopper. A friend had sewn one and after me feeling it to see how it was put together she directed me to the pattern<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I just made one for ds1 which is much narrower just to carry a bottle of water and his rubbish around with him when he doesn't wear his many-pocketed coat.
 

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Now I have visions of totally cute patchwork denim shopping bags dancing in my head. I was wondering what I was going to do with all those jeans with holes in the knees that my 5 year old is soon to outgrow. Oh, this is going to be fun! (And the little carpenter pocket jeans will make a perfect little pocket to hold a pen handy for crossing things off my grocery list!)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Now I have visions of totally cute patchwork denim shopping bags dancing in my head. I was wondering what I was going to do with all those jeans with holes in the knees that my 5 year old is soon to outgrow. Oh, this is going to be fun! (And the little carpenter pocket jeans will make a perfect little pocket to hold a pen handy for crossing things off my grocery list!)</div>
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OH! sounds so cute!
 
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