The first two grocery bags are finished and are on their way to be filled with groceries. The first bag was sewn in the same way the paper grocery bag is put together but that was a huge hassle and took all day to sew. The second bag was sewn in the fast tote-bag style with the bottom corners sewn across to square them off, plus some topstitching down the side folds, and that was so much easier and looked much better. I love it when that happens – the easy way wins! I got the spouse to model the bag which is pretty much exactly the size of a brown paper grocery bag.
When my daughter was here to pick up the bags, she said they should have a piece of cardboard or something like that on the bottom so the bag would keep its shape. I suddenly thought of all the plastic cutting boards I had bought at IKEA a few weeks ago, so we got one out and cut it to size. The cutting board was big enough to make two of the bag bottoms. Here’s the product name:
I cut the insert about 6 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ (I measured the bottom width of each bag because they vary a bit) and put it in the bottom of the bag. I rounded the corners so that the plastic would not poke through the fabric. Cutting the plastic is easy to do since it cuts easily with scissors. Here it is in the bag:
The removable insert keeps the bag looking crisp and square and is washable by hand if some grocery item leaks on it. It has to be removed before you put the bag in the washer and dryer, especially the dryer because it could melt all over the dryer drum.
Now I need to make a few bags for myself, and then I will continue in my effort to never ever pay for a grocery bag.