I attempted to claim 2014 as the year of handmade. I made as many gifts as I could for birthdays and special occasions, but once I found a project that worked, I stuck with it. This meant that a lot of friends and family received a lovely market bag for their birthday. The easy project is very useful as more and more cities and counties have outlawed plastic shopping bags. I adapted my market bags from this tutorial and adjusted the measurements based on the amount of fabric I had.
Most of the time I could get 2 market bags out of 2 yards of fabric (1 yard of lining fabric and 1 yard of outer fabric.) Because of the layout of the cuts and the length of the straps, using only a 1/2 yard cut does not work well. I also made sure to reinforce the bottoms to make them a little more sturdy.
I had fun personalizing them with different fabrics and colors for everyone!
Double- sided strap with top stitch.
Attaching the bottom to the linking sides that have already been sewn together.
Lining bottom complete.