Friday, December 2, 2022

Scrappy Grocery Bags

While going through some of my bins of fabrics recently, I ran across one containing scraps of old fabrics that my mother had saved over the years, many of them from the 1960's and 70's. My sister Karen and I had used many of Mom's fabric scraps to make three improv quilts back in 2015. You can read more about that project HERE.

In the bin with the rest of the fabric scraps were two large Ziploc bags with pieces of fabrics heavier than regular quilting weight. One set had a definite red, white & blue theme.

I decided to make some grocery bags from the scraps. Kate at Life in Pieces had recently shared photos of a whole collection of them she made in THIS POST. The pattern she used is from the Fat Quarter Shop, and it is available for free HERE. I was able to make three different grocery bags from the available scraps.

Bag #1 front

Bag #1 back

Bag #2 front

Bag #2 back

Bag #3 front

Bag #3 back

I used the same fabric to line all three bags, a wide backing fabric from Michael Miller called "Daydream."

The bags all look very similar, and the only way I can keep track of which front and back photo go together is by looking at the base fabric. Here's a shot of all three bags together.

I will be sharing the finished bags with my mother and sisters. I still have the second Ziploc of heavier scraps, these in much brighter, late-60's/early-70's colors like lime green, aqua and hot pink. I haven't decided what to make with these yet.

Linking up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Peacock Party at Wendy's Quilts and More
Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework

Happy quilting!

Julie in GA


  1. these are such great shopping bags; just love the scrappiness in them...nice work hugs, Julierose

  2. I'm sure your Mogher and sisters will appreciate the bags, and no doubt remember what was originally made with these scraps.

  3. Great bags! Thanks for the link to the pattern. I'm sure I'll make some of these bags as they look so roomy. I'm confident you will find the perfect project for the other scraps. Enjoy! ;^)

  4. Oh, I like those! Thanks for the links. That's one of my favorite color schemes, so those are very appealing.

  5. That’s a great use of those heavier scraps we seem to accumulate, Julie! Your bags turned out nicely!!

  6. The bags are a perfect way to use -- and appreciate! -- those vintage prints.


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