Tutorial: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
I LOVE reusable shopping bags. But every one advertises the store where you purchased it, and some are boring to boot! If you’re not a huge fan of advertising the local establishment – in this case Walmart. It’s really easy to cover it up in a fun, chic way. Here’s what you’ll need …
2 – 50¢ reusable shopping bags from Walmart
1 fat quarter in a coordinating pattern or shade
rotary cutter and matte – or scissors and ruler
blue bobbin thread – as close as you can come to matching the color of the bag – if you care, if you don’t, any color will be fine.
coordinating or matching thread for the top.
* Iron out any wrinkles or creases in your fat quarter.
* Cut the fat quarter into four strips 4.5″ x 22″.
* Sew two strips together along the 4.5″ edge, matching the design of the fabric as best you can to hide the seam. Finished strip should be 4.5 x 40ish
* Trim any excess so seam is 1/4″.
* Iron down 1/4″ – 3/8″ of raw edge, on both of the long sides of your strip of fabric.
* Pin fabric strip over printed Walmart logo, starting and stopping, in the side gusset panel of the bag. Use a ruler to measure ~ 5″ from the top of the bag to insure your fabric strip straight all the way around your bag. I found that the exact measurement varied from bag to bag, as the logo must have shifted a bit during the printing/sewing process.
* Trim fabric leaving 1/2″ overlap, plus 1/2″ to turn under. Pin in place.
* Sew fabric to bag, sewing, 1/8″ from the edge. Sew down overlap flap.
* Reinforce pre-stitched side seams of bag and handles if desired.