Market Bag

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Plastic and paper bags have been pretty much outlawed in Santa Monica, CA.  You can get one, but it’s going to cost you some change.  Because of this new law, I’ve gotten really good at bringing my own market bags but that doesn’t mean that I don’t sometimes forget them at home and end up doing a balancing act of carrying several items to my car.  By having cute bags, how could I possibly forget?  I love showing these bags off.

Market bags are great!  Not only are they earth-friendly they’re perfect for carrying so many more things than just groceries.  To make your own is a really easy project that only takes a few supplies and can be done in a relatively short time period.  Also, there’s so many cute laminated cotton prints available, so no one should be stuck with ugly, boring bags.  This is also an easy project for beginners, so go ahead and jump right in.  You can also easily change the dimension of these bags to suit your needs.  In this tutorial, I give you the measurements of the panels I used to create my market bag, but you can easily adjust it to make it larger or smaller.  If you don’t have a rotary cutter, feel free to download or pattern available above.  I used webbing for my straps, but if you have extra fabric from your bag, you can also make your straps out of that.

After that, it’ll be up to you to take your new market bag out for a spin the next time you go shopping.


  1. Avatar of


    January 2, 2016

    Hi, I’m in the UK, I pretty sure it is but I just want to clarify – is the laminated cotton the same material that we refer to as oilcloth?

    • Avatar of ProfessorPincushion


      January 5, 2016

      They’re not exactly the same thing as I think oilcloth tends to be a thinner but, yes, you can definitely use oilcloth instead of the laminated cotton.

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    May 13, 2014

    wouldn’t it be easier to construct doing big side – base – big side; then add small sides to base; then sew big-small together?

  3. Avatar of Beginner


    April 17, 2014

    Very user friendly tutorial. I am a beginner and eager to try this out. Can I try making one using normal cotton fabric in place of laminated one?

  4. Vasanti

    March 6, 2014

    Where can I buy laminated fabric I am in Canada and would to make this shopping bad.

  5. Avatar of Amyburns1999


    January 23, 2014

    I just finished my market bag today and plan to make more. I machine embroidered mine and it looks great! My husband thought I bought it at the store. Thanks for taking the time to show how.

  6. Avatar of Octavius


    June 11, 2013

    May I ask what basting tape you prefer?
    Amazon has several brands but none come highly recommended.

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