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Posted on Apr 17, 2013

Bring Your Own Shopping Bag

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/people/tusnelda/

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/people/tusnelda/

In many communities across the country, the disposable plastic shopping bag has been banned. You don’t need to wait for a mandate to make this super simple change that goes a long way to reduce plastic waste. Gather up all those paper and re-usable bags lying around the house. Place a stash in in the trunk of your car so you can “BYOB” wherever you go, significantly reducing your contribution to plastic waste.

Prefer a shopping bag that reflects your personal style? Just follow the easy instructions below for making your own re-usable shopping bags or lunch bags.

How to Make a Reusable Shopping Bag

Materials you will need:
• 2/3 yard of fabric
• Sewing Machine
• Thread
• 40” of nylon strapping for handles

Cut out the following 5 pieces:
2 pieces: 12 inches by 15 inches (front and back)
2 pieces: 6 inches by 15 inches (sides)
1 piece: 6 inches by 12 inches (bottom)

If you want to make a bag of different size, adjust the measurements above accordingly.

Step 1: Place the front and bottom pieces together, right sides facing in and sew together

Step 2: Take the back piece and place it together with the other side of the bottom piece, right sides facing in, and sew together. You should now have a long rectangle of fabric: front-bottom-back.

Step 3: Place a side piece against the front of the bag, right sides facing in, and sew together.

Step 4: Bring the back piece to the open side of the side piece, right sides facing in, and sew together

Step 5: Sew the bottom of the bag to the bottom of the side piece.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 to attach the other side to the bag.

Step 7: Fold a section of the top of the bag in towards the inside of the bag. About ½ inch. Pin fabric and sew around the top.

Step 8: Cut the 40 inch strip of nylon material in half. Attach one end of the strap to the front of the bag and the opposite end to the back of the bag. Make sure strap is secured in the same location on each side of the bag. Attach the other strap in same manner, leaving at least 6-8” between the straps.