Last year, our city declared that plastic bags are no longer allowed in large supermarkets so there has been an increase interest in eco/reusable shopping bags. I wanted something prettier (no pharmaceutical logos please), machine washable, and compactable (folds up neatly without a little pouch).
When a friend who was downsizing offered these vintage fabrics, I immediately thought of this project.
The pattern inspiration came from a great japanese craft book (#439459628618, I'm not sure if this is the ISBN#. It was purchased in Japan for like half the US price ), Eco Bags.
Here is the pattern: a pleated bottom drawstring bag.
My version is horizontal rather than vertical, because it's roomier and more accessible. I love how the handles "hides" when the bag is open and closes the bag when in use.
After several variations, I ended up adapting the amount and width of bias tape needed. I love the elastic loop which wraps around the folded bundle for easier storage. The seams are all finished (french) so it would be machine washable.
I love having these tucked in my handbag!