Homemade Green Grocery Bags

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A few months ago a came across a pattern to make “green” grocery bags from left over material and it has now become an obsession! I made 16 of them for Halloween for everyone to use as trick or treat bags and I am now making them for everyone for Christmas. They are really easy to make and everyone loves them.

The pattern calls for a front pocket, but I don’t put one on, instead I embroider the front panel of the bag (when you are making a lot it goes faster without the pocket). If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you can just leave the pocket on or do some sort of iron on picture.

Here is a photo of one of the Halloween bags:

Here are photos of the bags I am making for Christmas. I was going to personalize the embroidery according to each person’s interests, but that got to be too much, so I decided to go with simple monograms for everyone.

I did make special bags for the teachers.

I did a lot of my sewing the weekend after Thanksgiving while visiting family in Erie. My cousin and I sewed while my mom and aunt watched the kids! I was great. The men in the family were facinated by my embroidery machine. It was really funny. When my uncle realized how much I could do with my machine, he came out of the cuboard with a handful of shirts he wanted my to embroider with his name and business name! Here is the link to the blog where I found the pattern http://www.annthegran.com/cs/blogs/memory-book/archive/2008/09/05/designer-grocery-bags-who-d-have-thought.aspx

Someday I am going to have time to actually make a few for myself!

If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will get back to you. Happy sewing :)

2 Responses to “Homemade Green Grocery Bags”

  1. Tamara says:

    This is great thanks so much for sharing. I always wanted to learn how to do this. Will save so much with how much we do shopping :)

  2. Debi says:

    Just ran into your site – I LOVE this idea for Christmas presents! And it’s something I can do ahead of time…now if only I could figure out how to use my MIL’s machine…

    Thanks!

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