Do you have a collection of canvas bags from special events? These finished bags are blank canvases waiting for your creativity! This is a great introduction to my Layered Waves topstitching technique. Learn to go with the flow by cutting gentle curves to create a unique fabric to customize your market bag.
100% Cotton Canvas Bag with handles and sides with a single seam (avoid bags made with a plastic type material, it melts when ironed and rips easily. Not fun to work with!)
Fruit and Vegetable Theme Fabrics—¼ yard each of six fabrics
Black and White Fabric with food related text (optional)—¼ yard
Multi-Color Variegated Thread
Rotary Cutter, mat and ruler
Optional—Double Sided Fusible Heavyweight for the inside base of the bag as extra support—¼ yard: size will vary according to the size of the bag
Instructions for making a Recycled Market Bag:
Keep the bag inside out and flatten the bottom of the bag as shown in the photo. At this point you need to decide how wide you want the bottom of your bag to be. This will be determined by the width of the triangle you stitch. The bottom center of the bag runs to the end of each of the triangular points. In this example, I have marked a line 5″ long on each side. I will sew along those lines and this will create a flat bottom that is 5″ wide. Turn the bag inside out, so the right sides are now on the outside.
To reinforce the bottom of the market bag create a sturdy base. Measure the bottom of the bag and cut a piece of double sided fusible to that size. Iron a fabric of your choice on one side, and another fabric on the reverse (cucumbers in photo).