Reusable Grocery & Gift Bag

On to Lesson 3 of my Freckled Nest Home Ec. Class, I now know how to make a reusable grocery bag!

May not seem that exciting at first, but then consider the facts:

1. Where I live, you have to buy your shopping bags whenever you go to any store. (Unless you bring your own reusable bag, in which case, some stores will even PAY YOU as a reward.)

2. I can never seem to have enough reusable bags around the house – I use them for shopping trips, to store knitting projects and other crafts while they’re being worked on, as a quick diaper or toy bag for J when we’re rushing out of the house, and for countless other purposes.

3. Being that they are so useful, they can double as an awesome gift bag to hold that special birthday gift for your buddy, while ALSO being part of the gift itself.

4. With all the “re-usability”, that’s less garbage going into the environment.

It’s a no-brainer. Reusable bags rock.

The fabric I used to make the bag was actually a wrap-around skirt from Kenya that I had received from a friend several years ago.  Although I did love it as a skirt, I was never skilled enough to wear it without the strong belief that the skirt was doomed to fall around my ankles at any given second. [Read – Jainy taking 3-cm steps and walking smoother than a geisha.]

Check out the gorgeous stripes –

Reusable Bag - Stripes

To help create straps with a sturdy connection to the body of the bag, the lesson taught how to make “X” joints.  The top edge of the bag is double-hemmed, just for aesthetics.

Reusable Bag - X

Reusable Bag - Side

Although I was sad to say goodbye to the skirt, I was happy to get TWO bags out of it. One of my bags is already loaded with (overdue) books (oops.) as the little one and I get ready to head to the library!

Reusable Bag

Happy Friday everyone!