But I sort of have an uneasy truce with plastic grocery bags, and I've started going to Aldi at least every other week, and Aldi doesn't offer free bags. Now, I can usually snag a box or two from when they unpack their items, and I often keep a stash of bags in the trunk to reuse for that very purpose. But I've seen all these cloth reusable bags across blogs, and I really wanted to have some for myself. Especially after I made the wine labels bags for my friend's birthday.
So I was digging through the stash for other reasons, when I ran across this great pear print. It's got to be five or more years old, and I don't even know why I bought it in the first place. But it reminded me that I had decided to turn it into cloth grocery sacks. After I made my friend's bags, I had decided that broadcloth would be a better lining than another cotton print - still sturdy, but definitely lighter weight. And I had bought some "vineyard" cotton broadcloth when JAF had it half off a few months ago. Sewing ADD kicked in, and I just had to sew these now!
If I remember right, each bag takes about 2/3 yard each of main and lining fabrics. So I was able to get two bags out of the pear print. I also managed to screw up my cutting more than once, which necessitated a seam down the middle of one of the outer pieces, one bag being more narrow than the other, and center seams in the lining of both bags. Oops! Guess I should stop cutting when it gets late....But the final products look great!
And this shows the lining fabric a bit. It doesn't exactly match by any stretch, but I think it looks pretty good together. I'm happy with them. And I can't wait for the next time I go to Aldi! (Or Shop-n-Save, which offers free plastic bags but is all self-bagged, making it easy to use your own if you'd like....) And I think I'm going to make some wine labels bags for myself, but use broadcloth for the lining....
PSA: Don't forget to run your cloth bags through the wash on a regular basis - you don't want any nasty bacteria growing in there! I plan to throw these in the wash with my cleaning rags, which get washed and rinsed on warm and dried on warm or hot. (Otherwise, I'm a wash cool, tumble dry low kind of girl....)