Not often do I write, …..actually I don’t think I ever have, about literally constructing my designs. (Cart before the horse huh?) Any-who plastic bag use is Still rampant here (with no seen on the horizon for it ending soon), but found yet another “hopeful” solution. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean any other state or country is winning the record for Plastic Bag Elimination. Wish there were a prize winning contest. That might get people changing.
I came across this Butterick pattern (#5338 at your local Joanne’s Fabric, but you can get it at any existing fabric store — they’re dropping like flies)- that sells them or online. It was kind of a pamper day as I rarely shop, and actually will do anything to get out of it. Unless of course it is fabric. But I digress. I thought this might be a nice addition to my market bag line and decided to finish a sample one last night. As you can see, I finished it. There is no great love relationship going on with this one, however if it made people change their habits I would be jumping up to the moon. Trying anyhow and would certainly put more into production.
So, I could either make these little ditty grocery bags which took me about …….oh let’s say …..two something hours to put together. I go very, very, very slow when I have not made an item before….not including cutting this one out. Then once I get the gist of it can totally go for speed. Though we still aren’t and never will be the road runner here, it’s the mitered corners in the binding that took me awhile. A few choice words later.
The folded Binding and I don’t have a very long relationship, so if you have used it regularly and can get the angle “Perfect” you should have no problem whipping this together in two hours, including cutting it out.
The inside seams are french enclosed and I just sergered the bottom but you could have used the binding on it. I didn’t want the extra bulk or weight so I opted out. Less is more rule.
As you can see I wasn’t sure about the bag and didn’t bother matching up the pattern in the fabric, but it gave me the idea for the bag completed. I made this from some of my scraps. Hmmm, should this be a bag or should the scrap be put into the stuffing for my auctioned off dog beds? You decide. Let me know what you think. If it changes the world, one bag at a time, then you know where my vote goes.