Forage Grocery Tote Bag

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Wednesday! I was looking back through my monthly reports over the weekend and realized that I never shared this tote that I made at our little cabin retreat in August!

Along with the projects in progress that I took with me to Wisconsin this summer, I also took interfacing and handles already cut to size for a workshop tote. We all bring fabric, books, and notions that we want to share and pool them into a "free table" that we can all take from during the weekend. I knew I wanted to make something from the table, so I came prepared with the basics, but no fabric for this project!

Lucky for me, my friend Anna brought some of her Forage* fabrics! I found two cuts that were just right for the solid version of my workshop tote pattern.

Since I wasn't making handles (yay team webbing!), and I already had interfacing cut, it came together in a flash. These prints are so lovely, this bag really didn't need any extra details.

I love using these totes for grocery shopping. Connecticut recently passed a multi-stage ban on plastic checkout bags, and the first stage went into effect this summer. It was the perfect time to get really serious about having my reusable shopping bags with me! Here's a peek at how much you can fit in one of these. Plus there's still plenty of room left at the top for produce or eggs!

The deep gussets make this a really roomy bag. The tucking (one of my favorite techniques) on the corners gives it extra structure and makes it easier to fill.

See my video on this technique here: Using Tucks to add Structure to your Bag

As I mentioned, this is the solid tote option from my Workshop Tote Bag Pattern. You can find the pattern in my online shop here.

Happy Sewing!

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  1. this is a nice size too.
    I hope this is washable. That is important for me with my reusable bags. I seem to always pick up the messy food haha
    happy Thanksgving Jeni


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