Canvas Market Bag Tutorial

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!

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Finished Project

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
  • Scissors
  • Straight Ruler
  • Wonder Tape
  • Clips

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Materials

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

Handles

Place wonder tape on the longer edge of the canvas fabric. Fold the edge over 1/4 inch on that long side.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Adhered tape, on the other long edge of the canvas fabric. Fold the border over 1-3/4 inch on that long side.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Fold the handle in half now and clip. Repeat for both handle pieces.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Attach the #97D foot, set your stitch length to 4mm, and sew a 1/4 seam on both sides of the handles.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

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.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the handles

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.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the handles

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the handles

Stitch the handles in place using the #97D foot, stitching right over the previous stitches.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the handles

When you get to the top hem, turn and stitch going back down.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the handles

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag handles

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.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

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.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

Stitch another stitch line 1/4 inch away from the 1/8 inch stitch line. Repeat on the opposite side.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

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.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

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.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

Fold the top part of the bag back down to the first pin.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

Clip-in place.

Fold the other side of the bag the same way.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

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.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

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.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

Turn the bag inside out. It’s ready to use!

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Attaching the bag bottom

This canvas market bag is the perfect size for a quick run to the supermarket. Having more, then one is perfect.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Finished Project

Since the material is canvas cotton, it doesn’t require a lining, and it is very steady.

Canvas Market Bag Tutorial: Finished Project

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!

11 thoughts on “Canvas Market Bag Tutorial

  1. Kymona….. So excited to see you here, grinning from ear to ear! I cannot wait to give this bag a try! Your step by step make it all look so easy! I went to a class today taught by Susan Beck. Sending hugs!

  2. Except for one measurement (13 x 19 bottom of sack) and the use of wonder tape this pattern is Terry Atkinson’s design and was a free tutorial from November 7, 2008.

    1. Hello! Thank you so much for the info, but I do not know Terry Atkinson’s and have not seen her 2008 post. I learned how to make this type of bag when I took a class last year. I did not receive a pattern or measurements.

  3. Don’t quite understand when you say fold the top part of the bag back down to the first pin. Can’t really tell where the fold goes with the diagram. Thanks

    1. Hello Mara! I’m sorry this is unclear. I needed to take better pictures. I will try to explain it here. This part of the process will create a wide bottom with triangles on the outside of the bag. Once you fold the bag right sides together, the middle pin will show you that it’s folded evenly. The next step is to take one of the sides and fold it back on itself to the first pin. You are looking at the right sides of the bag again. You will repeat for the other side of the bag, fold it back onto itself to the first pin. This creates a big bottom. I will try and take photos and email them to you if this is still unclear. Just let me know.

      1. So when you say you are looking at the right sides again, does the fold go inside the two sides, versus just folding the folded bottom up to the pin, or is this like when you make a triangle on the sides, I’m used to using that technique to make the bottom of the bag wider, thanks for responding,Mara

  4. I think i just got it. You said to fold the wrong sides together, but the picture looked like you say Theriot sides together,my mistake, It makes sense now, sorry I wasn’t listening to what you said, thanks, Mara

  5. Hello Kymona,
    Nice looking bag 👍
    Got confused at the 2nd picture for step 5 where you say wrong sides together but in the photo it is right sides together 🥴
    Could you please clarify?
    Thanks Heike from Berlin, Germany

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