Magazine article Sunset

Supermarket Checker: "Paper or Plastic?" You: "Neither, I Brought Burlap."

Magazine article Sunset

Supermarket Checker: "Paper or Plastic?" You: "Neither, I Brought Burlap."

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Instead of limiting your shopping bag choices to paper or plastic, consider creating, then toting a reusable grocery sack. To make a bag like the one shown here, for yourself or as a gift, all you need is 1 yard of stout fabric such as burlap, canvas, or denim. Use 42- to 48-inch-wide fabric; the width determines the bag's circumference. For lunch bags, use dimensions given with right-hand photo. Cut a 12-inch-wide piece across the width of the fabric; set it aside. Across one raw edge of the larger piece, turn under, press, and stitch a 11/4-inch hem to finish the top edge. Fold this fabric in half, with right sides out and selvages together; using a inch seam, stitch up the side and bottom. Turn the bag inside out and make a French seam by creasing and restitching to capture the first seam allowance. To square off the bottom, measure 4 inches up from the base of bag along the seam; keeping the seam in the middle, spread sides to form a triangle with an 8-inch base (see bottom-left drawing) and stitch across the base. …

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