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Fabric Grocery Bag - standing
Cut (2) from outer fabric, (2) from lining fabric, (4) from interfacing, and (2) handles
I start with the handles. Press in 1/2 wrong sides together.
Press this in 1/3\'s starting with the long raw edge side.
Press folded long edge up to cover raw long edge.
Topstitch close to both long edges and down the middle. You could topstitch a piece of ribbon down the center, too, if you wanted the handles to be stiffer.
Apply interfacing to wrong sides of both lining and outer fabric. I usually just tack the edges b/c it is faster and easier (ie. I am LAZY ;-))
Stitch bottom seam on both the lining and outer fabrics.
Press both seams open. Sew side seams on both lining and outer fabric. Press seams open.
Fold so raw edges of box corner are aligned and pin seam.
Sew across to form boxed corner. Repeat for all corners.
Mark handle placement - 6\" in from side of bag (not the seam).
Pin handles by aligning center topstitching with placement mark.
Slip bag outer into bag lining so that right sides are together. Pin liberally (or not at all :))
Stitch together, remembering to leave an opening for turning. I like to leave it between the handles on one side. Backstitch copiously at the beginning and end.
Oh look!! A bag is about to be born. :)
This doesn\'t look like a bag???
Tuck lining into bag by sticking your hands far into the corners.
Press top edge of bag well.
Topstitch turning opening closed.
Topstitch 1\" from top of bag. You could also add a solid ribbon accent if you want to make the top of the bag stiffer.
Topstitch close to the folded edge on all four corners. I always measure (3.5\"), pin, press, and sew.
Fabric Grocery Bag - folded