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 dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.33(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
What Can Readers Do With This Book?
PART I: PRELIMINARY NOTES
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
PART II: BOXED BAGS
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
PART III: TAILORED BAGS
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
PART IV: PRODUCTION SEWING AND SELLING
24. Production Sewing
25. Selling at Craft Shows
26. Know Your Competition
How to Use the Pattern Layouts
Boxed Bag Layouts
Tailored Bag Layouts
With 13” x 15” Panels
With 14” x 16” Panels