Free Reusable Grocery Bag and Custom Gift Bag Sewing Patterns

by Shelly

I live in a little tiny town, we have ONE grocery store. For the past few years there’s been rumors that this little grocery store is going to start charging money for plastic bags. I guess they figure if IKEA can charge for bags then why can’t they? This grocery store has had their store brand reusable grocery bags out for sale for a year or so but I decided I’d rather not use there bags so I made my own, actually I made a bunch of grocery bags. I made so many, I used them for Christmas wrap, instead of wrapping some gifts with wrapping paper, I stuck the gifts in a reusable grocery shopping bag. The gifts looked colorful in their custom gift bags and for the recipient, they got two gifts in one. PERFECT!

  • To my aunt who is a member of The Red Hat Society, we gave two bottles of wine in a reusable grocery sack made with Red Hat Ladies Fabric.
  • For my mom who has a passion for hot tea,  and her kitties, we gave her a bunch of different flavors of hot tea in a kitty fabric reusable grocery bag.
  • My MIL who considers herself a Wine Connoisseur, her gift was given in a reusable grocery sack made from wine fabric.
  • My SIL, who goes crazy over anything Western Themed, we put her gift in a reusable grocery bag made withWestern Fabric.

I also made up a few of these reusable grocery bags in Halloween fabrics and my kids used them for trick or treating on Halloween.  They loved the bags, they didn’t cut into their hands like most bags do.  After Halloween, I had to take them back and my kids put up a fight, they wanted to keep and use them for themselves.

As much as I love the grocery bags I made, I haven’t yet started using them at the grocery store.  One of these days, very soon I hope to start using them, if could only remember to take the grocery bags with me to the grocery store.

Free Reusable Grocery Bag Patterns:

  • This is the reusable grocery bag sewing pattern I used for all my bags.  The picture above is the first bag I made using this free pattern.  I adore this pattern, you’ll deconstruct an actually plastic grocery bag and use it as your template.  You can use any size plastic bag, so if you are wanting an extra large reusable grocery bag, then use an extra large plastic grocery bag as your pattern.  It takes me approximately one hour to construct one bag and requires 1/2 yard of fabric for the outside of the bag and 1/2 yard of fabric for the inside.  This is an extra strong bag.
  • Here’s a .pdf for a grocery bag.  This bag is stiffer and looks like it can stand up on it’s own.
  • Pillowcase grocery bag pattern.  This is a really cute easy to make bag.
  • Beautiful classy grocery bag pattern.
  • Another classy grocery bag pattern.
  • T-shirt into grocery bag tutorial.
  • Oil cloth shopping bag tutorial.
  • Here’s a big reusable grocery bag tutorial.
  • Here’s another reusable grocery bag, that’s modeled after the reusable grocery bags they try and sell you in stores.
  • Use up those old sheets for this great reusable grocery bag sewing pattern.
  • Cute basic tote style grocery bag pattern, you can find the PDF here.
  • Another cute tote / grocery  bag or lunch bag.
  • 13 ways to make free reusable grocery bags for FREE!  Cool ideas for making grocery bags out of stuff you already have on hand.
  • Reusable produce bag.
  • While this bag may not be exactly for grocery shopping, it’s super cute!  I think I’d make the strap longer and use it as a sling bag.
  • This last produce bag isn’t sewn, it’s a crocheted bag, but it’s super cute!

Please Note:  Links were in working condition at the time this article was writen.  I apologize in advance for any broken links.  Sometimes websites go down and patterns get removed.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mariah 07.20.10 at 11:51 am

When I tried to click on the “classy grocery bag pattern” and “another cute tote/grocery bag” it went to “site not found”. Is there any way you could give me the pattern by email?? I was just curious. I am always looking for something new to sew.
Thank you

Kaye 11.17.10 at 8:00 pm

Are you close to Mt Shasta City? Altho I’m in Kansas, my daughter lives there and we sew when I get up there to visit her and her family. It is beautiful up there and I will be going back in the spring.
Love your site!! Am anxious to pull it up and read all of it from my favorites.
Keep up the good work.
Kaye Clark, better known as Gramsey!!

womble 12.03.13 at 3:43 am

I love the pattern you link of ‘cute basic tote style grocery bag’ – not only are morsbags super easy to make, but it helped me declutter my material stash and helped me recycle fabric. I’ve made loads for Christmas presents and as wrapping paper this Christmas – so thank you for posting this!

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