Where I live, you are no longer provided plastic bags when you go shopping, and it costs you 25 cents to buy a paper bag. We get a lot of use out of reusable bags because of this, and I’ve started to use cloth market bags for EVERYTHING from bringing my lunch to work to fabric shopping. Around the holidays, we’re bringing gifts and food to parties, buy gifts, baking supplies, and many more things, so a reusable bag is perfect this time of year! I have a bag that has a folded bottom, like you often see on plastic bags. I love it for non grocery shopping, and I decided I need more! Pin the image for later, and check out this brief tutorial:
There are literally millions of hits when you google “reusable tote bag,” so the internet does not need another one. Here is simply how to do the bottom! You will ideally have some sort of fold across the bottom of the bag, and a seam down the side of the bag. At the corner, take the side seam and tuck it in:
I tucked in about 2 inches of fabric. Fold the tuck in, and give it a good press flat.
Ta da! You now have a bag bottom similar to those pesky plastic bags. Clever design, yet better for the environment! Bonus points for using scrap fabric, an old T shirt, sheets, or whatever else you may have lying around.
Of course, I had to use my bag right away and bought some goodies for our holiday potluck: hot chocolate, peppermint schnapps, and marshmallows! It’s one of my favorite drinks during the winter. Enjoy!