Celebrate Purse Palooza 2012

June 7, 2012 in Projects

Remember when I told you about what was going on in the sewing blogosphere? I couldn’t just blog about it, so I got to sewing. I made a reusable grocery bag to honor Purse Palooza 2012!

I used the Reversible, Reusable, Ruffled Grocery Bags Tutorial from Sawdust and Paper Scraps that I found on Pinterest. This was an easy project that I worked on over the course of two evenings. The best part? The only thing I had to buy to complete this project were 2 fat quarters (the purple patterned fabric). The whole point of a reusable grocery bag is to reduce waste, right?

I have a confession. I could have used fabric I already had instead of the fat quarters, but I simply couldn’t resist a trip to the fabric store for some new goodies!

For the main construction of the bag, I followed the tutorial from Sawdust and Paper Scraps, but I changed up a couple things regarding fabric choices and embellishments. It was fun taking the instructions from the project and adding my own style and design to it.

What I Did Differently

In the original project, Sandra (the author of Sawdust and Paper Scraps) used a white bed sheet and pillow cases she wasn’t using anymore. I didn’t have those laying around, but I did have some bright green fabric and navy and tan canvas leftover from previous projects. I like the idea of using canvas for the straps and bottom of the bag because it made it a little sturdier.

Since I decided to not make my bag reversible, I added lots of ruffles and a couple rosettes to the outside. I also didn’t want the liner to separate every time I took my groceries out, so I added rows of long and wide zigzag stitches to the bottom.

I guess you could technically say that my bag could be used for lots of different purposes, which it definitely can, but there is one little thing that classifies it as a grocery bag: a loop to hang it on the grocery bag dispenser rack.
Purse Palooza 2012

Purse Palooza 2012 is going on NOW until June 29. Besides a ton of great pattern reviews, there are also giveaways every weekday and a Flickr Contest. I would love to see someone from the Totally Stichin’ community win a prize!



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