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!
finished size about 18 x 20 inches
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
There are some problems as I explained in an earlier review at this link.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is a great reusable tote to replace plastic bags at the grocery store. The main advantage of the pattern is the size which is just right for carrying most groceries without becoming too heavy or unwieldly to carry.
The additional like is that the strap/handles are sewn in such a way that the bag can be carried on the shoulder with the length of the bag (bottom seam) going from the front to back of the body. You have to make sure this happens! Pay attention to the photo tutorial and the finished photo.
This orientation of the strap/handles also makes it very easy to load/unload the bag because the straps fall out of the way so the bag can fully open.
I do not like the storage pocket being sewn to the interior of the bag and I'll explain more about that later.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I sewed the pocket to the exterior of the bag. The previous totes with the pocket sewn to the inside were too inconvenient to use that feature.
I also made the pocket larger than the one that came with the pattern so it is easier to fold the bag into the pocket. The exterior pocket also means I can drop car keys or other small things I'm carrying into the pocket for fast and easy retrieval later (no digging around in the tote).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.
I'm quite taken with this bag because of its ease of use. I plan to make several more for others as well as to keep a few in each car.
3/4 yard per bag
This is my 8th entry in the Fabric Stash Contest 2013.