Aug 092011
 

It’s been a long time since I went to the grocery store. A long long loooong time. This weekend I had the chance to go to the grocery store sans children. Which was happy in and of itself. (If you have regularly taken 3 children to the store you’ll understand!) But what was even more happy was using my super duper crazy cute grocery bags I made.

I used Heather Bailey‘s New Leaf Folding Tote bag pattern.

And Lizzy House‘s 1001 Peeps in the Basra Blue colorway.

I didn’t make any changes to the bag pattern – but I did use a solid fabric for the lining inside (less expensive that way! And it’s the inside of the bag so no biggie, right?) I used the Towers Print for the band that wraps around the bags. It made me very happy. So perfect. In order to get the towers to fit as I wanted, I widened width of the band.

Isn’t it fun the way they all fold up? I may make it to the grocery store more often since I have these happy bags. I was also thinking of some of these bags as gifts for teachers. (School is starting. Christmas will be here sooner than we think!) What do you think? Okay gifts? Maybe with something else grocery related….anyway I have time to think about it!

Pattern: New Leaf Folding Tote

Fabric: 1001 Peeps

  10 Responses to “Happy Bags = Happy Groceries”

  1. 3rd grade teacher checking in. Of course, I would love to get one of these as a gift! I get Whole Food gift cards sometimes and Trader Joe’s gift cards so this would be perfect to go with that. In fact, maybe I should get the pattern and whip some up for my kids’ teachers!

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    Melanie Reply:

    That’s what I was thinking too – gift card with the bag seems like a good handmade addition! Whew! thanks for checking in. :-)

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  2. For teacher gifts last year I made totes and added an elastic hair tie at the bottom to roll it up and then band it together (I opted for the hair tie instead of a snap cause it was cheaper and easier)!!! They were a hit!!!

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  3. I like to make bags like this to use as gift bags at Christmas – they do double duty, holding a gift and then being useful afterwards! How green!!

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  4. Oh, that towers fabric is perfect for the wrap! What a great line to use for that pattern!

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  5. Oh a grocery shopping day sans children, is it possible? These are so cute, I might just have to make them anyhow!

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  6. As a retired nursery school teacher, I would give you an A+ if I received these as a gift. Teachers wind up with a ton of mugs, pens, and candles that never get used. This bag is something practical and cute anyone would love to own.

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  7. CUTE! What great gifts.

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  8. That is the PERFECT fabric for that! I have been drooling over the 1001 Peeps, but didn’t know what to do with it. I couldn’t see a quilt. This is an amazing project!

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  9. Very great idea for a teacher gift!

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