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Poppy Mini Market Bag Sewing Pattern

This easy grocery bag pattern is not only functional but super cute, too!

Updated September 25, 2019

This Poppy Mini Market Bag Sewing Pattern is the perfect sewing project for using up bold favorites from your fabric stash! This small but mighty tote is exactly the right size for carrying snacks for school pickup, a notebook, keys and phone, or even to use as a cute little purse!

Fabric combination options are endless! This project is a great beginner sewing project or even just a fun, stress-free project to make with friends. You can make one in about 30 minutes. Easy!

When you sew your own grocery bags, you're cutting down on plastic and paper versions, which aren't great for the environment. Plus, a sturdy bag like this means that you won't have to worry about the bag breaking with your eggs or easily-bruisable produce (as you do with those flimsy plastic bags).

We are sharing the basic post here from Molly, but you'll want to head over to her blog, Craft Weekly, for all the PDF pattern pieces, specifics, and the full tutorial and pattern.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE PATTERN!

Plus! It's National Sewing Month so be sure to keep an eye on all of the projects and videos we have to share with you. Our National Sewing Month 2019 hub page has it all.
 

Market Bag Pattern Materials

Supplies:
  - .5 yard each of 2 coordinating cotton fabrics - I recommend 100% cotton fabric such as high-quality quilting fabric or lightweight cotton twill. The printed fabrics shown in this project are from Spoonflower.

  - .5 yard cotton duck or canvas fabric

  - All-purpose cotton thread

  - Adhesive tape for fabric - I used 5/8 inch Peel N Stick Fabric Fuse Tape from Therm-O-Web   

  - Bias tape (or make your own with the accent fabric)

Tools:
  - Cutting tool - a rotary cutter or scissors

  - Pattern weights (optional)

  - Iron

Market Bag Sewing Pattern Tutorial

Seam allowance is 5/8 inch for this project unless otherwise specified. 

Full PDF pattern and measurements are available HERE.

  1. Cut template pieces - You will have one base piece, two folded top pieces, two bias tape pieces, two long solid fabric pieces for the inner handles, and two long patterned fabric pieces.
     
  2. Attach the right and left top pieces to each side of the base - You will sandwich the base piece in between each top piece and fold under the raw edges of the top pieces for a clean finish. Secure with adhesive fabric tape and sew. Repeat on the other side.
     
  3. Create the handles - Sew the solid and patterned strip pieces together at the edges. (Tip: This piece will not lay flat - this is so the patterned piece can peek out of the edges when it’s sewn, turned inside out, and flattened with an iron.) Trim seams to 1/8 inch and turn inside out. Iron flat.  
     
  4. Attach the handles - Measure two inches from each side and two inches from each of the patterned top sections. Use adhesive fabric tape to place the handles in the correct spot. Sew all the way around the handles to secure. Repeat on the opposite side without flipping the fabric.
     
  5. Sew the sides - Fold your bag with the handles out and bias tape strips over the side edges and sew a seam from top to bottom. (Tip: take care not to sew your handles into the side seams.) 
     
  6. Create the box bottom - Flip your bag inside out. (The handles should now be inside.) line up the raw edges so the seam is directly in the middle. If desired, fold bias tape over this before you sew.  Sew across using a 5/8 inch seam allowance. 

Poppy Mini Market Bag Sewing Pattern

Poppy Mini Market Bag Sewing Pattern Video

Watch the video below to see this tutorial in action! If you're a visual learner, then you'll appreciate seeing this step-by-step.

 

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