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Scrap Fabric Shopping Bag Tote

I always forget to take my reusable shopping bag into the store with me. I get to the check out and I remember that it is in the trunk of my car. I tried to think of someway to remember and came up with an idea to re-use the plastic shopping bags by make a little tote to attach to my purse. So I started out with some scrap fabric, a button and a pipe cleaner.
I cut 2 piece 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" and one piece 2 1/4" x 6 1/2" out of my fabric. I made a strap out of the long piece and inserted a pipe clean.
This wil give the strap a little flexibility and able to wrap it around a shopping card handle or bag handle.
Next I sewed the two rectangle pieces together to make my bag and attached the strap and I was done.
Then I folded up a shopping bag and placed inside and then attached to my purse.
It was so easy and fun to make that I made one more.
A simple item to make that will help me remember to recycle and reuse my plastic shopping bags.
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Creative Itch


  1. WOW! This is a great idea! I love making I need to make one more! ♥

  2. so cute! and looks like something a novice like me might be able to handle without screwing it up too bad :0

  3. What a great idea! Your newest follower, Karima

  4. GREAT IDEA!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday.


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