Simple Fold-Up Market Tote

This is the perfect foldable market tote for any type of shopping.

By: Molly from
Updated June 23, 2023
Simple Fold-Up Market Tote
Simple Fold-Up Market Tote

Farmer's market season is almost here, so get a head start on Spring with this Simple Fold-Up Market Tote. Made in pastel linen, these DIY tote bags are the perfect solution to bulky grocery sacks and are an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic and paper bags.

Using only 2 pieces of fabric, these farmer's market bags roll up for easy storage and are large enough to carry fresh fruit and veggies, making them a great choice for beginner sewists.

These DIY tote bags are also wonderful for library books and toys and can be made in about an hour. Go green this year with an eco-friendly bag tutorial that looks clean-cut and chic.

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This fold up market tote looks so shapeless at first but is surprising in that it holds a lot of groceries. Much bigger that traditional totes, this one is perfect for carrying what would be two full bags of groceries into one. Finishing by rolling it up with a ribbon tie makes this project a nice gift idea too.

Quick and easy and quite stylish too these fold up market totes are great to keep in the car or purse. I made mine in slightly sturdier fabric and use them for all sorts of purchases, not limited to market produce, The pattern is easy to follow and they make up in no time at all. They are really useful and I have made several for friends and family.

Oh gosh, these are wonderful! I could make a whole stash of these and keep them in my car when I go grocery shopping! There so much cuter than other reusable grocery bags, and they look like they don't take up that much space.

This DIY bag is so cute and stylish! It seems like it would be a great library bag!

These would be so useful for the farmers' market, grocery, beach, pool, etc. I prefer an easy to care for, wrinkle-resistant fabric. It might be fun to make these out of a sheet. Several bags could be made at a very affordable price!

I'm wondering if these could be made reversible. Has anyone tried it? I think it would be pretty easy to do.

I did make on of these bags from ripstop today. If you do want to try it, make sure you have a teflon foot and transparent or "invisible" tape. The nylon from the ripstop has a tendency to "drag" on between the sewing foot and plate. Also, french seams clean up the inside as well as trying sew down the seams with this material can be difficult.

These are so stylish. I copied grocery bags from ripstop for Christmas presents this past year, but these are so much prettier..I'm going to try them in ripstop and fabric as well...

I like to make things that are great for me as well as making something useful and pretty to give as a gift. This bag fits the bill perfectly. It has lots of uses and is certainly something to pop in your handbag for unexpected purchases. Don't you think it is much prettier to use than a plastic carrier bag - and far more environmentally friendly.


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