Beginner’s Tutorial – How To Sew A Shopping Bag

So easy and so fun

Did You Make That?

I thought I’d use my recent foray into sewing TEN shopping bags as an opportunity to supply a tutorial on these makes.

A project like this is ideal for a beginner Sewist. You don’t need to fit anything to your own body – bonus! Plus, from cutting out to final stitch this shouldn’t take much more than an hour.

You’ll also learn how to do a French seam – one of the simplest but most highly rated sewing techniques you can learn. I use it whenever possible and it’s often used in couture sewing. It’s a truly egalitarian technique, open to novices and experts alike. And it’s soooo neat.

The materials

You will need:

  • Stiff cotton. I believe the fabric I used was curtain material, bought for £2.50 a metre from Saeed Fabrics, Walthamstow.
  • Matching thread.
  • A cute little label if you’d like one for your make. You can buy…

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