Sunday 20 March 2011

Handmade Shopping Bag

handmade shopping bag
Above, is a photograph of a shopping bag I recently made for my grandmother. She was a bit fed up with her old shopping bag and had always had problems trying to find her keys in the bottom of the bag. So recently she had been searching for another bag, but this time she wanted one with some inside pockets to keep her keys safe. After much looking, she could not find one that she was happy with, so she asked me if I could make her one.

I found some material that she was happy with (it was actually from an old throw she had donated to me over a year ago!). I used straps that I had taken from another bag that I had managed to salvage. I also used a washable vinyl type of material for the bag lining, which I already had in the house. This bag is great for my gran because it is also machine washable.

I didn’t follow any particular pattern for this bag. I normally just play around with sizes, I have made a few bags now, and they are all individual designs. I made a few pockets for the inside of the bag and a large one for the outside of the bag. Now she can keep her keys and other small objects inside the pockets, so she doesn’t need to be fumbling around at the bottom of her bag anymore.

Here is a link to a tutorial for a bag very similar to the one I made.

If you like looking at free tutorials, then please visit the blog because it has quite a few other great tutorials, there are some under 'tutorials' and under 'How to make' section. I noticed there were quite a few sewing ones amongst them.


  1. That is so nice! I'm sure your grandmother was thrilled! Found you from the Yesterday on Tuesday link up. :)New follower!

  2. I love that you used a throw! We all have TONS of them hanging around. Thanks for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  3. I love this! I have an addiction to bags. I don't care how many I already have, but I always seem to find another that I need. I love carrying a bag that is not a purse, but something decorative and that I can carry things in,like even my lunch, if need be. Great job and reuse of something you already had. tfs Tami


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