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How to Make Reusable Shopping Bags

Hey guys, it’s Clara from Online Fabric Store Reusable shopping bags are the green way to go This washable tote bag is perfect for groceries, shopping, or just about anything really The ones you buy from the grocery store tend to be pretty ugly and not very durable By making your own you can choose the fabric and they’re stronger than store-bought bags So let’s get started The materials you’ll need are: 1 yard of lining fabric, 1 yard of an outer fabric, a stabilizer which is optional, a fabric marker, a ruler, thread, pins, scissors, and an iron Pre-wash your fabric if you plan on washing your tote bag in the future Measure and cut two pieces of the outer fabric that are 21 inches wide and 20 inches long When this bag is done, it will be 15 inches tall 13 inches wide and 7 inches deep You can make it larger or smaller if you want. I’m using medium white home decor fabrics Canvas is another good option for the outer fabric Cut two pieces of the lining that are also 21 by 20 inches You can use medium weight or light white fabrics for the lining like quilting cotton or broadcloth This other bag is made with canvas, a printed quilting cotton, and cotton webbing This one is 12 by 10 by 6 inches. To make this size cut 17 inch squares For the handles, you can use either the outer fabric or webbing If you’re using the fabric, cut 2 pieces that are 5 by 22 inches If you’re using the webbing cut two 22 inch pieces Cut a piece of stabilizer that’s 7 by 13 inches Line up the two outer pieces with right sides facing and pin the bottom Sew across the bottom with a half inch seam allowance Press the seam open Mark the center of the stabilizer on the short ends. Line it up on the bottom seam, so it’s centered There should be four inches on each side Iron to fuse the stabilizer Keep the iron on one section for 10 seconds, lift the iron and hold it on the next section until the entire piece is fused Flip the fabric over and repeat on the other side The stabilizer is optional but it gives the bag a flat bottom that’s durable and easy to load up with groceries or anything else Fold in the ends one inch and iron Fold the fabric in half with right sides facing and pin Sew along the sides with a half inch seam allowance Press the seams open Fold the corner so the bottom seam and the side seam line up Measure three and a half inches from the corner not including the seam allowance This should be at the edge of the stabilizer You can either sew just outside or on the edge of the stabilizer to make it extra secure Cut off the corner half an inch from the stitches Repeat for the other corner. Turn the bag right side out with the edges folded in one-inch Align the two lining pieces and pin Sew down the side across the bottom and up the other side Press the seams open Fold in the ends one inch and iron Box the corners like before but without the stabilizer Measure three and a half inches from the corner and draw a line at a 45 degree angle If you have a ruler like this. It’s easy to double check the angle Pin in place Sew on the lines and cut half an inch from the seams If you’re using fabric for the handles fold the fabric in half lengthwise and iron Fold each edge to the center crease and press Fold in half and iron again Sew down both sides 1/8 of an inch from the edge. Repeat for the other handle Lay the lining flat with the top folded down one inch. Mark a line six inches in from the sides Place the fabric handle or webbing on the insides of the marks Match up the ends with the raw edge of the fabric and pin Sew a square with an X through it on the ends of the handles This will make the handles extra strong without being able to see the stitches on the outside Repeat for the other handle on the other side of the lining Place the lining inside the outer fabric, make sure the edges are still folded down Match up the top edges and seams and pin all the way around Sew around the top a quarter of an inch from the edge Sew around again 1/8 of an inch from the edge Now you’re ready to shop with your reusable tote bag If you want to be able to machine wash your bags, cotton is a good choice I’ve also made one of the outdoor fabric and an oil cloth lining These materials shouldn’t be machine washed, but they’re stain resistant and the oil cloth easily wipes clean Thanks for watching this OFS project You



Jul 7, 2018, 7:00 pm Reply

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martinez vera lucia

Dec 12, 2018, 1:12 pm Reply

Very nice thanks you


Dec 12, 2018, 10:30 pm Reply

Very neat work, lovely fabrics .

Team of Creatives

Dec 12, 2018, 4:12 am Reply

Your nail polish compliments the colours of the fabric, good video??

Mallika Seshadri

Dec 12, 2018, 5:30 am Reply

Numero uno!

أفكار وحيل وابداع

Dec 12, 2018, 3:59 pm Reply


Gregory Mendoza

Dec 12, 2018, 5:12 pm Reply

Wonderful, Thank your so much.

Darshana Jain

Jan 1, 2019, 3:25 am Reply

Xcellent tutorial ??


Jan 1, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

Great tutorial! How do you like the iron you are using?

Shalanda Jordan

Jan 1, 2019, 6:39 am Reply


Christina Ortega

Jan 1, 2019, 1:32 am Reply

This is way nicer and looks much more sturdy than a store bag! Thank you for this easy tutorial! I think it would be easy to add a pocket also.

sandeep kumar

Jan 1, 2019, 5:44 pm Reply

Super mam I want to join your team plz send phone number

Doris Isabel Monterroza Arroyo

Jan 1, 2019, 10:43 pm Reply

Excelente proyecto Felicidades , cuando explocariad unos pero con cremallera te lo agradecería gracias ?

Amanda MIlbrodt

Jan 1, 2019, 11:04 am Reply

Most people make gussets. Do you think projects are stronger this way or can they be just as sturdy when you cut separate bottom & side pieces and sew them together?


Jan 1, 2019, 2:23 pm Reply


Pammi Bhatia

Jan 1, 2019, 9:49 am Reply

Very nice ??


Jan 1, 2019, 9:23 am Reply

Really nice! Thank you !

Maria Rangel- Meza

Jan 1, 2019, 9:19 pm Reply

Great job.

Kinnera Ch

Jan 1, 2019, 5:36 am Reply

Very nice


Jan 1, 2019, 11:02 pm Reply

Which made and model of sewing machine are you using?

Mermaid Rhonda

Jan 1, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply

Love this! A great way to use those smaller amounts of outdoor fabric you find on clearance, as well.

Kenan Yaslak

Jan 1, 2019, 9:09 am Reply

Hi everyone. I don't know English so I can't understand the video completely. Can someone help me about measures of bag with details please?

Γεωργια Ατζολιδακη

Jan 1, 2019, 8:36 pm Reply


Sana Ait

Jan 1, 2019, 11:41 pm Reply

This my first project at the sewing class I can’t want to do it

Best List Provider

Feb 2, 2019, 10:52 am Reply

nice bags

jaja van

Feb 2, 2019, 3:41 pm Reply

is very useful

ingrid R

Feb 2, 2019, 11:57 pm Reply

Omg, I love it! These are beautiful Thanks!

Praveen Sharma

Feb 2, 2019, 2:18 am Reply

Nice Di, I will try, am from India,

niki kbn

Feb 2, 2019, 6:48 pm Reply

It's perfect❤❤

Sandybell Vainilla

Feb 2, 2019, 11:03 am Reply

Hello, I would like on centimeters please. Thank you.

Linda Mills

Feb 2, 2019, 12:25 am Reply

I'm curious as to the total cost of supplies….

melinda Genier

Feb 2, 2019, 5:12 pm Reply

Can you clarify what measure is “bottom” and which is “side” please. Wasn’t clear if the 20 inches or 21 inches is the “bottom”

Dreaming Angel Tarot

Feb 2, 2019, 2:45 am Reply

I'm a beginner and I'm going to try this one next. I feel it's a step up from a pillow cover and sewing an extension on my curtains. Does anyone have a picture of their finished bag to share?

Maria Gonzalez

Mar 3, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Nice video -simple and clear.

M. Ludpuffin

Mar 3, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

Excellent, thank you for sharing.

Brigitte Dost-Tauschl

Mar 3, 2019, 12:42 pm Reply

Super! Ich habe Sie gleich nachgemacht und noch aussen eine Tasche eingenäht.

Brigitte Dost-Tauschl

Mar 3, 2019, 12:43 pm Reply

Habe die Tasche aus zwei alten Jeans, einem alten Tshirt und einem alten Rock genäht. Super! Vielen Dank für die Anleitung!

Gen In You Tube!

Mar 3, 2019, 11:02 pm Reply

I love it!!!??

Turtle Cakes

Mar 3, 2019, 4:43 am Reply

Illinois passed a law for a tax on plastic bags. I'mma make these for my family

Louise Balogh

Mar 3, 2019, 10:46 am Reply

Thank you very much for this tutorial. I'm really happy with the bag I've made. Much appreciated. Louise

Ayumi Serikovna

Mar 3, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

thos is so cool!

Pinky Borah

Mar 3, 2019, 8:42 am Reply

Wow very nicely explain… Thank you so much.. I am definitely going to make the bag

Michelle Tillery

Mar 3, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

VERY helpful and easy to follow. Thank you for making this video. ?

Danielle Wagner

Mar 3, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

You are stopid

Nadia Faisal

Mar 3, 2019, 12:14 pm Reply

Love, love, love this idea ❤


Apr 4, 2019, 3:15 am Reply

The one thing I always thought shopping bags needed but never had was a clear plastic pocket on the outside, that you could slide your shopping list into for reference. If you ever remake this video, would you consider adding that feature?

June Ng

Apr 4, 2019, 3:17 am Reply

Thank you for very clear instructions.

pree pree

Apr 4, 2019, 12:01 pm Reply

hi mam.

can u say measurements of length and breadth

Carol Swinburne

Apr 4, 2019, 9:15 am Reply

Wow thanks so much for having this great tutorial on making a great shopping bags.

Star Girl

Apr 4, 2019, 5:37 pm Reply

I would love to make this bag.

Michelle Schultz

May 5, 2019, 8:20 pm Reply

Do you think you could just use cotton for the inner and outer?

Samina Vistro

May 5, 2019, 5:49 pm Reply

I have an ugly offwhite with red stripe in the middle. Its a ruggid-ish fabric that can work as a very good bag for groceries but how do I make it pretty

محمد الياسين

May 5, 2019, 1:11 am Reply

You are a wonderful seamstress⚘


May 5, 2019, 12:23 am Reply

Awesome really worth making this one

Gail Fredericks

May 5, 2019, 4:56 am Reply

I just finished this bag tonight! Im so happy at how fast this came together! I love the stabilizer in the bottom. I used canvas for the exterior and broadcloth for the liner. Im excited to experiment with different fabrics!

chris mcmahan

May 5, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

If I want to make smaller bag do I need to adjust all the other measurements too? I only see the info for the main fabric/lining bag piece. I assume I would need the change handle and boxed corner measurements for the smaller bag? Great tutorial! Thanks

Sanaa Mansour a

Jun 6, 2019, 3:39 pm Reply

انت ممتازة. لقد استمتعت بالشرح والتنفيذ


Jun 6, 2019, 11:59 am Reply

thank you that was very good and nice nails!

Victor Amayagonzalez

Jun 6, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

you are very good! keep the great job up! Blessings!

Vandana Gole

Jul 7, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

HI ..will try this wonderful bag.
A couple of years ago I had chanced to buy a wonderful thick base foldable bag from kohl's in the USA.
It was light weight ..had a thick cardboard like rectangle base which one could fold into half and button the bag into a neat square when not in use.
I have been looking for a tutorial for the same. If you could help us with a tutorial for that it would be wonderful.

Dolores J. Rush

Jul 7, 2019, 9:18 pm Reply

You make it look easy to sew! Thanks for the clear instructions!


Jul 7, 2019, 5:24 pm Reply

Pls help me mam bag martial very me and my son pls help me

Weisimery Alves

Jul 7, 2019, 11:50 pm Reply

Maravilhosas essas bolsas, parabéns!

Punynayan Das

Jul 7, 2019, 12:56 am Reply


pravallika yellaiahgari

Jul 7, 2019, 11:06 am Reply

Thank you for sharing a nice and useful video….

rosita kurukulasuriyalage

Jul 7, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

Beautiful bag…. ❤❤

Surekha Nimbalkar

Jul 7, 2019, 8:43 am Reply


Khairul Bariah

Jul 7, 2019, 3:59 am Reply

Love the idea. Can i know what is the size of fabric for the size of 12x11x8 bag. tq

Linda McNeely

Jul 7, 2019, 11:38 am Reply

this was perfect except you left out one thing the little piece to hang the bag for the people that check your groceries.

janie williams

Jul 7, 2019, 12:16 am Reply

Very well-done tutorial. Thank you!

Mandy Garcia

Jul 7, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

When making the smaller bag I have a question. How big is the deco bond interfacing for the bottom? The large bag is 7 x 13. I was not sure if it changes for the smaller bag.

Tatiana Huaman

Aug 8, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

Great proyect! thank you for sharing =)

s Ws

Aug 8, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

Great sis

jay parthiban

Aug 8, 2019, 7:11 am Reply

Wow sis is really awesome I loved it ? but one request can u tell me the measurements of medium size bag this one is little big

Shadow 5

Aug 8, 2019, 9:04 am Reply


Twocupsof Englishtogo

Aug 8, 2019, 3:36 pm Reply

Great video!! Thank you <3

Angharad Swansea

Aug 8, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

I wanted to make a bag in which I could carry my hiking boots, it would need to be washable because obviously my hiking boots are going to be dirty sometimes. This is a perfect bag for doing that. I think I just won’t make it quite as deep. Thank you!

Heide Fries

Aug 8, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

Nice bag and great instruction. Next time consider showing a visual of the measurements (L x H x W) within the video . Although it is verbally noted, having a visual of the calculations is helpful for those of us who are visual learners (like me) and also for those who do not speak English.

Aimee Thomson

Aug 8, 2019, 12:22 pm Reply

Helps environment therefore our small planet

Tariq Khan

Aug 8, 2019, 12:16 pm Reply

Lot of thanks for the way you described how to make shopping bags

Toni Getz

Aug 8, 2019, 1:02 pm Reply

very good! I have gobs of fabric and no good shopping bags. Here I go!

kalpana dhage

Sep 9, 2019, 4:28 am Reply

?? Nice

Eva Sierra

Sep 9, 2019, 8:38 pm Reply

Thank you!

Fakhra Javaid

Sep 9, 2019, 10:24 am Reply

very nice?


Sep 9, 2019, 9:34 pm Reply

Thank you for sharing! It’s so helpful’

sheema zia

Sep 9, 2019, 7:10 am Reply

Thanks for the help full tutorial


Sep 9, 2019, 12:33 am Reply

I am not a guy.


Sep 9, 2019, 9:09 am Reply

I love your sewing teaching skill. You explained in a very easy and simple way. Thanks alot.

Peppa pig

Sep 9, 2019, 10:39 am Reply

If you did two runs of stitching all around the bag instead of your one. Should that make it twice as good?
I like to make bags for the high end market
I like the video. It’s given me some great ideas ???
I’m so impressed, I’ll give you a thumbs up ?

Nannette Harris

Sep 9, 2019, 9:40 pm Reply

Tried this tutorial for a day care bag. Worked well and will make more bags,

Kim Workman

Sep 9, 2019, 3:46 am Reply

great project and video. thanks

Cheri L714

Sep 9, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

What type of stabilizer was used in this tutorial? there are so many types.

Claire Waldron

Sep 9, 2019, 9:50 am Reply

Excellent tutorial!


Oct 10, 2019, 7:31 pm Reply

Thank you so much for this easy tutorial. I'm just done making it. Took me two hours but the product came out wonderful. ❤

Khair un Nisa

Oct 10, 2019, 3:25 pm Reply

Wowww…. ? My English friend nick Adam stitch them for sale and I was so curious that how he can make them and u teach very well.. Really thanx and I must say u are so beautiful and ur voice is so soothing.. ??? Ur hair.. ❣️ And ur hands.. ? Ur nail colour is just so pretty.. ??

Moo Moo Puppy

Oct 10, 2019, 11:39 pm Reply

That bag has the same pattern found on the carpet in the movie "The Shining". Redrum!

Jesse Valenzuela

Oct 10, 2019, 8:29 pm Reply

Do you have to use inner fabric and what if you don't know how to sew? Please reply!!!!!!!!!

Blanca Farmer

Oct 10, 2019, 7:36 am Reply

GREAT tutorial! Thank you for Sharing :))

Mona Lepcha

Oct 10, 2019, 5:37 am Reply

Good job, keep it up….

cassandra hood

Oct 10, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

I made this bag. While making it I realized the video did not say whether the 20 inch side or 21 inch side is your top/bottom or sides. So when I added my stabilizer I had 3 1/2 inches on each side instead of four. I sewed with 21 from top to bottom and 20 inches wide.

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