Strawberry Reusable Grocery Bag

Reusable Strawberry Grocery Bag

To make: 2

Sewing Pattern: Download pdf sewing pattern here.

Materials:
1. Fabric – thin Polyester or cotton or thin laminated fabric, 31″ x 25″
2. Fabric – Red polka-dots , 7″ x 4″, 2 pcs.
3. Fabric – Green cotton, 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, 2 pcs.
4. Bias tape – 3 1/2 yard
5. Cord, 15″, 1 pc. (I salvaged from the handles of paper shopping bags)
6. End bead, 13mm, 2 pcs.
7. Ribbon or cotton tape, short length (about 2″)
8. Pattern drafting paper, at least 22″ x 24″, or you may glue a few pieces of paper to make a bigger sheet

Tools:
1. Sewing machine
2. Sewing kits
3. Fabric pencil
4. Ruler & pencil
5. Drawing Compass or circle object with approx 2 1/2″ and 1 1/4″ radius.
5. Scissors
6. Adhesive tape
7. Lighter
8. Clover Wonder Clipsoptional, only if you are using laminated fabric.

Finished Dimension:
Approximately 15″ (W) x 20″ (H)

Remark: If you are using laminated fabric or polyester fabric which will leave pin marks after pinning, you may either use the Clover Wonder Clips or pin at seam allowance.
Note: The material I used is thin, if you would to sew it with heavier fabric, old T0shirt for example, please increase the strawberry size otherwise it grocery bag cannot fit into it.

Download the pdf pattern and print it out if you wish.
{If you can’t download the pdf pattern, probably you don’t have acrobat reader, download the latest version for free here.}
Draw the pattern on the drafting paper.

sewing materialsTransfer the pattern to the fabrics, draw and cut them out.

Double fold the side seam allowance of the hull and sew.
Fold back and sew a horizontal line to create a pocket for drawstring (sewing line does not shown here but you can refer to the next photo).

sew strawberry drawstring bagPlace hull on top of red polka-dot triangle fabric (strawberry) with right side facing up. Align raw edges together with hull at the center of the strawberry.
Sew with 3/8″ seam allowance.
Repeat the same to make another strawberry piece.

Place the strawberry piece to the bottom corner of the grocery bag, baste it in place at seam allowance. Fold the ribbon into halve and baste it near to the hull (side seam).

Repeat the placement to the other corner but without the ribbon tag.

Fold the grocery bag with right facing each other, align the side seam and bottom seams. Make sure the strawberry pieces align perfectly. Pin or clip.
Sew side and bottom seam with 3/8″ seam allowance.

Sew handles together, left and right, for both front and back piece of the grocery bag.
Double fold the seam allowances so that raw edges are inside, top stitch.

Bind the raw edges with bias tape. This is the side and bottom.

bind raw edgesThen bind the raw edges around the handles.

strawberry drawstring bag1. Wrap the cord end with adhesive tape and make it pointy.
2. Insert the cord into the drawstring pocket (the one nearest to the strawberry). Go around and insert the pocket at the back too.
3. Put in the end beads at both ends and tie a knot.
4. Burn lightly with lighter to stop the raveling.

grocery bag with strawberry drawstring bagThe grocery bag with strawberry drawstring bag is done!

bag-in-bagTo store the grocery bag into the strawberry drawstring bag, all you need to do is to squeeze it in, pull the drawstring to form a strawberry.
Keep it in your handbag or hang it as a charm, handy when you need to do some urgent grocery shopping. It is small and light, it won’t take up too much space and load :)
~~ HAPPY SEWING!!~~

strawberry drawstring bag

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  1. Cindy Oderkirk Smith

  2. This is absolutely great, cute and useful bag! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  3. I love this Joann – very clever!

  4. OMG! It is so very cute! Thank you! Pinned

  5. This is AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I’ve been searching for this exact pattern for almost three years and no one has come close to the excellent job you’ve done here.

    I bought one of these shopping bags about 3 years ago thinking I could copy it but my sewing skills were not close to being able to do it. I’m thrilled to see this.

    Thank you SO much!

  6. Oh my this just the most adorable bag! I so need to make. The tutorial is great! Thanks!

  7. This is so cute!!! thanks for sharing!!

  8. Cute reusable bag and I love the strawberry theme of the project. Thanks for sharing the great tutorial on your site.

  9. The bag is absolutely adorable! This will be perfect to make as gifts for my scrap club gals. Hope my sewing skills match yours! TFS :)

  10. So cute!!! I love this reusable bags and the de orative touche you added is perfect! TFS
    Have a great day!

  11. really love the strawberry drawstring bag and would love to share your tutorial link in my blog ^_^

  12. Is that the cutest bag.

  13. I want one!! It’s so cute` ^_^

  14. Did you use laminated fabric? It’s hard to tell for sure what type of fabric it is from the pictures, but I like it and would like to get whatever you used.

    • It is something like light laminated fabric but it is not water-proof. Feel like plastic yet has the texture of woven fabric.
      I bought it at Daiso, a Japanese yen shop. If you have Daiso near by, may be you will be able to locate it.

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  15. very cool! i saw similar bags in a shop.
    but i didn’t realize i could make one of them myself. i really like the idea…

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks a lot for sharing!

    doro K.

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  17. So useful, and so cute! Love the strawberry

  18. This is so adorable!!!!! I will have to ask my cousins in Taiwan about these bags. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Love it.

  19. I love it, thank you for the tutorial, I have to make it, wonderfull for a litle x’mas present to my quilting group.

  20. OK,you finally did it…great job and happy that it’s useful for you…………

  21. This is great tute but am not sure of what kinda bias tape to use? I bought some from Daiso, single fold half inch tape. Are those too narrow?

    Thanks!

  22. I just finished the bag but so upset cos my strawberry was too small ,the bag won’t fit in :( maybe my measurement was wrong. I used the same fabric from Daiso too.

  23. I think I cut 4″x5 3/4″ for the strawberry. Was I supposed to add 3/8″ to all the measurements u gave? Need to find out as I am going to do it again :)
    Thanks!

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  25. nice post.

    ijin share ya

  26. Please tell From where I can purchase it?

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  28. that is just about the cutest thing I have seen! Thanks!

  29. Eep this is so adorable! Thanks for sharing :)

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