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    Super Member fred singer's Avatar
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    Smile my latest projects

    my latest projects have been making some grocery bags up.

    plastic bags haven't been making it to the car without

    getting torn open.

    thank-you for looking ,
    pegg

    Happy sewing !
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    That's a great idea. I try to reuse any plastic ones I get but have also noticed that they are ripping right away.

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    Nice bags...so much more reusable than a plastic bag. I have made a couple, but want to make some even larger ones (more the size of a paper grocery bag...good way to use some fun fabric.

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    Very nice bags.
    As of January 1, of this year we are no longer allowed to use plastic bags in any of our stores in this county. I had to whip up a dozen bags or so. One lady in the store saw my bags and asked where I got them. I told her I had made them. She asked to buy a couple of them right then and there. She offered to pay $5.00 for each bag. She said she'd rather give me the money then buy bags in the store. She was happy and so was I.

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    Make sure you wash those everytime you carry meat in them, and frequently for other groceries. The San Francisco newspaper had an article that I read somewhere else on the internet about the increased frequency of bacterial infection due to the repeated use of fabric grocery bags. Washing them was the solution to stop the spread of the infections. I think the culprit is ecoli.

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    I havr some I use also..

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    I don't know how many of you will find this useful, but I made grocery bags to carry 12 packs of Coke. The boxes often are not very sturdy, and where we used to live, if a box dropped and broke, you had to retrieve Coke cans from all the way down the hill. Enough of that. The bags are made to hold 2 - 12 packs of soda cans. They are easier to carry than to carry by hand, because it spreads the weight over a great distance than just your hand. Even though I have moved off the mountain, I still use these bags to lug the soda boxes into the house. I used cotton ticking fabric and the strapping material for handles.
    Sue In Bloomfield, NY

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    Nice bags - thanks for sharing!!

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    Nice bags and great for groceries. Hadn't thought of using cotton ticking for these. I've made 3 bags using Jenny Doan's tutorial for tote bags and they seem to hold up fine...although I used stash and not precut squares for the upper part of the bag. Also used a webbed tape inside the handles for strength and covered them with the same fabric as the bag.
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    an economical shopping tote.

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Size:  186.5 KBI have been using my own shopping bags for years now even though it is not required in my town. I make them from pillow cases from the thrift shop...twenty five cents each. They are double folded and so lined, the handles are from a strip cut from the top of the opened up pillow case. They are so washable and get washed often. I keep a bunch in the truck and one or two in my purse for anytype of shopping.
    I tried to upload a pdf tute but this site would not let me for some reason. I am uploading a picture and if you are interested in making this type of shopping bag from a pillow case then PM me and I will send you a PDF or DOC. Please let me know which one you would like.
    I really have no luck uploading files since they upgraded the site so this is how I have to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Make sure you wash those everytime you carry meat in them, and frequently for other groceries. The San Francisco newspaper had an article that I read somewhere else on the internet about the increased frequency of bacterial infection due to the repeated use of fabric grocery bags. Washing them was the solution to stop the spread of the infections. I think the culprit is ecoli.
    I recycled a few pet food bags that are a plastic type fabric, good size for the family packs of meat and I can flip them inside out and spray with vinegar/water solution when I'm done.
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    Those are so pretty and colorful, and so useful. Great job on them.

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    Great bags. Love your fabrics. Now you'll be shopping in style. :<)
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    On my "to do soon list" is to make an extra large, Lt. weight tote for pop cans and bottles. We return cans/bottles to the grocery store to get deposits back, I much rather we eliminate the whole deposit thing and the recyle company take them away.

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    very nice bags!!!
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    Terrific bags! They are so pretty and bright that you probably don't mind the overpriced grocery goods you put in just right. Thanks for sharing.

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    Take one of your plasic bags that you get from the grocery store, lay it flat, cut off the bottom straight across, and then open up the sides, leaving the handles in tact. Open up the plastic bag from the bottom Now you have a pattern for making a cloth bag with handles from your stash - I make mine about 5 - 6 inches longer than the pattern, you can also make your lining from this plastic pattern. I made my granddaughter a couple to carry her tap shoes and dance clothes.
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    I swear the plastic gets thinner and thinner! The cloth bags are #1 prettier, #2 are reliable, and most importantly-better for the environment. nice job!
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