Sunday, September 11, 2016

reusable grocery bags

The other day I suddenly noticed I had way too much fabric in my stash. Probably not too much by most quilters' standards, but definitely too much for me. So, I decided it was time I used up as much of my fabric as I possibly could making simple useful everyday projects.


First on my list were these reusable grocery bags (pattern by Michelle patterns). I usually buy my fabric in 1/2 yard cuts so this pattern is absolutely perfect as all you need to make this bag is two 1/2 yards of fabric for exterior and lining, plus another 1/2 yard for the handles.


I combined heavier weight fabrics with regular quilting cotton and I'm especially glad I used pretty fabric not just on the outside, but also for the lining :).


These will be a great addition to my stack of reusable grocery bags I made a few years back. I use them all the time and they hold up so nicely. No ripped seams, just wonderful.

In case you're on the lookout for a good reusable grocery bag I highly recommend this pattern. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

So tell me. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of fabric or art/ craft supplies you own? How do you deal with it? I'd love to know.

Svetlana


18 comments:

  1. Love them all!! I want some I just don't want to make them 😂

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  2. Just purchased the pattern. Now to go shopping in my stash for fabric to make some.

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  3. Love your first line...wow, there it was...too much fabric! It does just sneak up on us doesn't it?! I don't like having a lot of fabric and have periodically gone on fabric purchasing abstinence. These bags are adorable and a wonderful idea for using up some of my stash! Thanks!

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  4. You have such pretty fabric in your stash! Jxo

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  5. I've made these bags before theygreat for stash busting. I've also made simple tote bags as birthday party favors to burn through my stash. I also find the st. Louis 16 patch quilt is a great stash buster. And an even quicker quilts is based on the rugby stripe tutorial I'll tag you in one of my Ig pictures.

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  6. Great idea. Your fabrics are wonderful.

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  7. I have this pattern, I need to get a move on and make it! Thanks for the push!

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  8. these are awesome! I wish I could say I get overwhelmed, LOL I guess I do when it's strewn all over my studio. as long as I keep it neat I'm ok

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  9. Yes, I get overwhelmed by my stash!! I do a lot of charity sewing so many people have gifted me parts of their stashes, which is wonderful and I am grateful but sometimes it gets to be too much of a good thing. I am not doing as many hours of sewing daily due to a back injury so I have gone through my stash and gifted other charity sewing groups and friends with my bounty, don't get me wrong I still have a LOT of fabric but I feel much lighter after passing many, many metres on to other sewers!!!

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  10. Love these! I really like the mix of fabrics you used. I have this pattern and love them too. I also am dealing with having too much fabric. I can't even organize it because I don't have enough space to store it on my selves so they're in stacks on my cutting table or in a plastic container . I try to tell myself not to buy any more till I use what I have but its really hard to resist a good sale :) especially because fabric is expensive! I appreciate the inspiration you always share .

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  11. I've been wanting to make this pattern for ages and just seem to never have gotten around to it. Your fabric combos are inspiring!

    I do sometime feel overwhelmed by my various craft supplies - I try to go through and get rid of things, share with other crafty friends, or use up fabric I have to make quilts and other projects the are on my mind. I'm currently in one of those moods. This summer I made two quilts - one of them completely from stash, and the other, I only had to purchase a minimal amount for a background fabric and then ended up purchasing backing due to a great sale and the availability of the "perfect" fabric...

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  12. This looks like a great pattern and I know I have two particular 1/2 metres that I keep pulling and then putting back in the stash............

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  13. This summer my local quilt shop closed. I went a little crazy with their 60% off sales. Plus I had stocked up on some apparel fabrics earlier in the year. I was feeling very overwhelmed by fabric! I'm trying to work down my stash, in part by keeping track of how much I buy and how much I use.
    I've also sewn up some projects using scraps, including dinner napkins (large scraps for those!) and some small gifts (chapstick holder key fobs, drawstring gift bags, and small zipper pouches). Those have helped a bit. Next up I will be making some shopping bags like yours above!

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  14. These are lovely bags. I love using pretty fabric inside and out too.

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  15. Ummm... me too! Have a lot of fabric in my stash so might just make some of these bags up ready to give a Christmas presents. Kinda like the idea of packing up my shopping at the supermarket in a collection of fab bags rather than scrunched up carriers! Great idea, many thanks, bye, Jay, thesewingwren.wordpress

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  16. Our decorator fabric will make an excellent addition to any home with its character and style.
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  17. I'm going to order that pattern It'll be great at the grocery store..I'm constantly "weeding"
    out my fabric, giving the uglies away, making strips and squares with some & small cat/dog mats for the animal shelter..

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