Hello everyone!! Kymona here safe and healthy! I hope all of you are as well. Can you believe how our lives have changed in the last two months? If someone told me we would be social distancing and staying at home, I would not have believed you. So many things have changed in New York in such a short time.
Back on March 1, 2020, a new plastic bag ban took effect. What does that mean for the residents of NY? No more bags when you leave a store. That’s because every store used plastic bags and they can’t anymore. Imagine going to the supermarket and walking out with a paper bag with no handle or no bag at all. Well, it happened to me, and all I could do was laugh at the moment. So, I went home and made my canvas market bags.
Let me show you how!
Materials to Create a Canvas Market Bag
- 1 Yard of Canvas Fabric (I used Fleet and Flourish Canvas by AFG)
- Rotary Cutter and Mat
- White Thread
- Straight Ruler
- Wonder Tape
Instructions to Sew a Canvas Market Bag
Step 1 – Cut the fabric
Cut (1) 36 inches x 19 inches (main body)
Cut (1) 13 inches x 19 inches (bag bottom)
Cut (2) 36 inches x 4 inches (handles)
Step 2 – Prepare the fabric for sewing
Place wonder tape on the longer edge of the canvas fabric. Fold the edge over 1/4 inch on that long side.
Adhered tape, on the other long edge of the canvas fabric. Fold the border over 1-3/4 inch on that long side.
Fold the handle in half now and clip. Repeat for both handle pieces.
Attach the #97D foot, set your stitch length to 4mm, and sew a 1/4 seam on both sides of the handles.
Repeat for both.
Main Body Panel
Place tape along the shorter edge of the fabric. Fold 1 inch then fold another 1 inch creating a 1-inch double hem.
Repeat on the other shorter side.
With the #97D foot, sew 1/8 inch from the inner hem and the otter hem on both sides.
Bag Bottom Panel
Create a hem 1/4 inch on the long side of the bottom panel. Stitch 1/8 inch away from the edge.
Step 3 – Attaching the handles.
Attach the handles to the right side of the main bag panel, measure 5 inches from the side, and 10.5 inches from the top edge, clip in place.
Stitch the handles in place using the #97D foot, stitching right over the previous stitches.
When you get to the top hem, turn and stitch going back down.
Repeat for the second handle.
Step 4 – Attaching the bag bottom panel.
With the hem down, center the bottom of the bag covering the handle ends, making sure the bottom is even on both sides—pin place.
With the #10D foot, stitch 1/8 of an inch from the edge, down the long side of the bag bottom, backstitching over the bag handles.
Stitch another stitch line 1/4 inch away from the 1/8 inch stitch line. Repeat on the opposite side.
Step 5 – Assemble the bag.
Find the center of the back and mark the center with a pin.
Measure over 4 inches on both sides of the pin and make it with a pin.
Repeat on the other side.
Note: The pins are just for reference when you fold the bag.
Fold the bag in half, wrong sides together.
Fold the top part of the bag back down to the first pin.
Fold the other side of the bag the same way.
Make sure the top edges of the bag are lined up and pin. Double-check the bottom folds to make sure they are even. Remove the fold reference pins.
Clip the folds at the bottom, so that they stay even while you sew.
Sew a 1/4 inch from the top down the entire side of the bag. Remember to backstitch at the top and bottom of the bag.
Repeat on the other side.
To stop the bag edges from unraveling, use a zig-zag stitch to cover the raw edges on both sides.
Turn the bag inside out. It’s ready to use!
This canvas market bag is the perfect size for a quick run to the supermarket. Having more, then one is perfect.
Since the material is canvas cotton, it doesn’t require a lining, and it is very steady.
It’s also machine washable, so don’t worry if it gets a bit messy from constant use.
This canvas market bag is a perfect alternative to plastic bags. It has multiple uses, will not end up in the ocean, and look super cute!