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|BurdaStyle Downloadable: 261 (Charlie Reusable Grocery Bag) - Type:Accessories|
Review submitted in Fabric Stash Contest 2013 Contest
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|Posted on:||6/25/13 1:06 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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pocket/pouch which bag can be folded into
From http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/charlie-reusable-grocery-bag :
Use the BurdaStyle Reusable Grocery Bag pattern to reduce the use of plastic bags which are cluttering up the environment! It's easy to make, and even easier to tote with you, since it folds into its own pouch! Download Step-By-Step Instructions. To download the pattern, click the "Get It" button on the righthand side of this page. Once you click it, the pattern and its instructions are automatically sent to your Purchase History page. To retrieve it later, click on your username, then go to My Account--Purchase History.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I'm working on creating my own set of instructions because the ones I have downloaded start out great but end up somewhat unclear.
If you have a bit of sewing experience, I think you won't have problems but if you are a beginner you might get confused.
I'm on my third wave of working with this bag--first, I was confused but made my way through by blindly following the instructions and using "best guesses" when the instructions became unclear; second, I saw what I needed to do to make the pattern easier; and third, I'm ready to write a set of clearer instructions so I can knock out one of these bags quickly. This process has actually taken quite a bit of time, but I'm on the verge of "arriving" with regards to this pattern. This business of working through the pattern sewing process is actually one of the things I like best about sewing but it can be quite frustrating.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is the perfect sized tote for groceries.
It's also a great way to use up larger scraps--it takes about 3/4 yard.
This might not be a dislike, but I've fallen into the trap twice now. When you sew those straps/handles together, do not sew front of bag to back of bag at the handle. It's front handle/strap to front handle/strap AND back handle/strap to back handle/strap. This configuration of handle/straps makes loading/unloading the grocery tote much easier PLUS it makes it easier to carry the bag on your shoulder because the longitudinal dimension of the bag aligns with the front to back direction of your body. This is important!!!
Someone I know who served in the Peace Corps in Eastern Europe said all grocery/shopping totes had this handle strap configuration so that two people could carry the filled bag, one person holding onto each handle/strap and the groceries distributed longitudinally (don't know any other way to say this) so that the bag didn't hit legs or feet. This is a small point but it makes a huge difference.
quilting cotton from stash
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I moved the pocket/pouch which the bag gets folded into from inside the bag to the outside.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I will sew more since two people have requested a couple of these bags PLUS I still want to write up a set of easier-to-use instructions.
And yes, I do recommend it (or something similar) because reusable grocery bags are an easy thing to sew and they help cut down on the use of plastic bags.
This is a great pattern to create reusable grocery bags/totes. I have made some before and we use them all the time. The weakness is that you have to remember to actually get them to the grocery store. I'm thinking if I make several there will always be a couple in each car.
Also, I'm working on a set of instructions that will help eliminate some of the confusion. I thought I had everything figured out this time but I need to make that pocket/pouch a little larger.
Maybe another round of sewing and I'll have the instructions/techniques to a point I can write a useful set of instructions.
If you don't use this pattern I hope you might think about finding/using another one. The first reviewer of the BurdaStyle downloadable grocery tote provided a link to what looks like another great pattern for a reusable bag which is based on an actual grocery bag. The link is at Craftster and it produces a lined tote.
This is my 9th entry in Fabric Stash Contest 2013.
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