Sew Cloth Grocery Bags: Make Your Own in Quantity For Yourself, For Gifts, and For Sale

Sew Cloth Grocery Bags: Make Your Own in Quantity For Yourself, For Gifts, and For Sale

by Teresa Peschel


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No pattern required!

Detailed instruction with photos and illustrations

More than 30 charts to help you lay out panels with minimal waste.

Use scraps from your stash or repurposed drapes or tablecloths!

Choose from two designs: the easy “boxed” bag and the elegant tailored bag.

Plastic grocery bags are on their way out. They’re a littering hazard and a terrible use of limited resources. Many communities have passed laws banning them, and stores have taken to charging you for them.

The solution: Make your own tough, high-quality bags from cloth. Cloth bags can be washed, repaired, and will last you a lifetime. They are also not hard to make if you have a sewing machine and basic sewing skills.

You also need “Sew Cloth Grocery Bags,” the one-stop solution where you can learn to make dozens of bags using either the efficient “boxed” bag or the intuitive tailored bag.

Teresa Peschel, an experienced home sewer who has made hundreds of these bags for her Peschel Press publishing business, sits down with you and describes in detail and with shortcuts how you can turn new or salvaged fabric into sturdy and sellable cloth grocery bags.

* How to source your material from fabric stores and thrift shops

* How to prepare it for sewing

* How to cut the panels with minimal waste fabric

* What to use for the straps

* How to sew six or even a dozen bags at a time without losing your mind.

Peschel also provides you with expert advice for unusual situations such as piecing together bags from scraps, fabric that bunches up while sewing, and dealing with fabric that has a clear direction. There are even chapters on setting up your own business selling bags at craft shows and art fairs.

“Sew Cloth Grocery Bags” is an easy-to-understand guide to making market bags that helps you make a more sustainable future for you and your family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950347087
Publisher: Peschel Press
Publication date: 09/25/2019
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 397,175
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Teresa Peschel lives with her family, her dog Muffy, and a mostly useless cats in the Sweetest Place on Earth. She has long been interested in sustainability, resource depletion, and finding a balanced life, not too much and not too little. Why take more than you need when other people and animals need lives and space too?

Table of Contents

What Can Readers Do With This Book?


1. Why Cloth Grocery Bags?

2. A Tale of Two Bags

3. Choosing the Right Fabric

4. Preparing and Washing Fabric

5. Useful Tools

6. The Bag-Making Process

7. About the Trim-Line

8. Making the Straps

9. Outsourcing Tasks

10. Cutting Layouts and Measurement Charts


11. Making Boxed Bags

12. Boxed Bags With the Flange On the Inside

13. Boxed Frankenstein Bags

14. Making Boxed Bags With One-Way Cloth


15. The First Pass

16. The Second Pass

17. The Third Pass

18. The Fourth Pass

19. The Fifth Pass

20. The Sixth Pass

21. Tailored Frankenstein Bags

22. Layout Example #1: Brown Floral and Paisley Bags

23. Layout Example #2: Blue and Gray Building Bags


24. Production Sewing

25. Selling at Craft Shows

26. Know Your Competition

27. Afterword


Stitching Diagrams

How to Use the Pattern Layouts

Boxed Bag Layouts

Tailored Bag Layouts

With 13” x 15” Panels

With 14” x 16” Panels

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