Monday, June 6, 2011

{DIY} Simple Embellished Grocery Bag...or beach bag...

 ...or whatever you want to use it for bag!

In case you're feeling intimidated by Friday's post - this is a really easy, fun way to make your grocery bags your own.

Those reusable bags you can buy at walmart, target, etc are usually really cheap and all of the hard work is done for you!  So this is how I embellished one of mine. 

Step 1:  Cut out a whole bunch of circles from your scrap pile (great scrap buster!), and arrange them by color.  I traced a spool of thread to get my circles.  Pin them onto the blank side of your bought bag.

Step 2:  Set your zig-zag stitch length to .5, so that it will just go back and forth, creating a tack.  Tack all of the circles on, just move from circle to circle without bothering to cut the thread until you are finished with that row.  I know this is a pain, but go ahead and change the color of your thread (not the bobbin) depending on which colors you are sewing.  It really doesn't take that long, and makes it look much better.

 Cut the threads on the front that are running in between the circles.

I left them on the back for extra stability.

Step 3:  Lay out some fabrics on the back, to cover the words on the bag.

I sewed the strip to the top of the fabric, right sides together.

Then, layout a magazine and your phone(this really makes it more of a beach bag situation)

Pin around these items, creating a large pocket and a small pocket.  Top stitch them on.

Now you're ready to go anywhere.
Woo hoo!   Now grocery shopping might be that much more fun.  OR like I said, you could stock it with beach stuff and head out for some relaxation.
Sounds good to me.  Hope ya'll had a great weekend.
Shannon has something great for you tomorrow....stay tuned!!!


  1. Bom dia Jéssica, adorei sua ecobag, ficou muito bonita, com carinho

  2. These bags are so fun! I really like the circles one. Great colors and very fun!

  3. That is a great idea for tacking down all those circles. The bag looks great!

  4. I love this! you did such a great job on it! I found your blog through a link party and I LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  5. Hmmmmmm. . . . I see Christmas gifts on the horizon!!! Great for my scraps! Thanks Jessica! See you tomorrow!!!

  6. We found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! We are your newest followers and would love for you to follow our blog!

  7. I've been wanting to break out the sewing machine for weeks! I'm going to make the grocery bag tomorrow :) I've wanted a cute, eco-friendly grocery bag!
    Star Hughes Living

  8. Super cute Jessica!! Wow - and super smart! I love the little circles down the front. :)

  9. Hiya from your newest google and facebook follower/s via Tip Me Linky, Karima from

    I love this idea!

  10. Adorable and so easy! I have so many mis-matched bags, now I know how to make them cuter :) Thanks so much.

  11. Beautiful! I am thinking it would also look great as a swim bag!

  12. Very cute! I love the circles!! Such a fun and cheerful bag!

    Found you through Tip Junkie!


    PS- I am hosting a giveaway on my blog for free vintage inspired rolled flower clips and would love for you to come enter!

  13. Very cute! I love the magazine and phone pockets.

  14. This is really a fabulous idea! My hubby works in the food industry, so I have about 50 of these reusable bags! I see a project in my future! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Eeeeee! This is great! Thank you so much for sharing.


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