My latest project was one of those things that hits you -- there's inspiration so strong, you just have to drop everything and do it. So last night, when I got home, I just STARTED! So, dinner was a little late, so what? Now I have my own reusable grocery bag!
It went up amazingly fast. Cut two pieces of duck cloth about 20" x 16". Two half-inch pleats in the top of each side. Two strips, 18" x 4" (if I'm remembering correctly -- could be 18" x 3"). I did a lot of ironing here so I wouldn't have to double-stitch the finished hems, so I attached the top strip to the inside of the bag, then folded it over the top lip, and topstitched the bottom edge of it to the front, as I'd already ironed it up a quarter inch or so.
Then I made a faux gusset in the bottom...also called 'boxed corners'. That's where you sew the whole thing together, and then you turn the bottom corners out as points. Gosh, I wish I could explain this better... HELP!
Anyway, it's a really fun, lightweight (less than five ounces, including the handles!) tote, perfect for bringing to the farmer's market! It's made of a light cotton duck, so it's strong, but not bulky. (Although sewing seven layers of it together where the handles attach does create a bit of a lump, it was no problem at all for my 1929 Singer 101!)
Maybe the next one I make, I'll do a tutorial, if anyone's interested.