|My dad (92 years old) has got to be the king of the recyclers. When he gets home from grocery shopping, he doesn't throw away the brown paper bags. He carefully folds them - and makes any needed repairs with adhesive tape - and puts them in his car, ready to go along on his next trip to the grocery store. By now, some of his bags are more adhesive tape than paper so shortly before my last trip to visit him (last autumn), I decided I would make him some sturdy fabric bags.|
I optimistically cut out the pieces to sew both the bags, views A and B, but only A got sewn in time to take along. He was pleased with the bag and said he got lots of compliments in the grocery store.
Now the UFO contest has given me the push that I needed to sew the second bag, view B. It is a very roomy bag with cut-on carrying strap. It has 2 bottle pockets on the inside and 1 pocket on the outside. I haven't yet tried carrying it when it was full but it can certainly carry a lot!
I used a denim that I bought when the grandkids were small. Now that they are all teens and pre-teens they don't seem interested in denim with little embroidered figures (close-up of fabric). For the lining, I used striped cotton fabric.
The pattern pieces all fit together well.
The instructions were adequate but a beginner might have profitted by a little more detailed instructions, such as mention of the fact that seam allowances could be trimmed across corners, etc.
At some points, you must stitch through 6 layers of fabric (actually 9, if the interfacing is counted as a fabric layer) so a machine that can handle this is definitely recommended.
I made 2 small changes. I stitched the base piece to the bag sides with a triple straight stitch, for more strength, and I didn't sew the base lining piece to the bag. Instead, I covered a piece of cardboard with the lining fabric and just laid it in the bag - easier to remove for washing.
All in all, I'm pleased with this bag and will certainly be making more. Now I just have to wait and see how my dad likes it.