Sunday, December 9, 2012

Compact Groceries Tote

After reading through A Bag for All Reasons by Lisa Lam, I knew I needed to make the Compact Groceries Tote for myself. I knew I'd be able to get a lot of use out of a grocery tote, especially when I go to the Saturday morning farmer's market here in Charleston. My bag hasn't made an official trip to the Market yet, but I wanted to share the finished project anyway.

Compact Groceries Tote

You can buy this kit from the Martha Pullen online shop. They have the kit available in the green I used, or in an equally gorgeous red version. They give you 3 different fabrics (outside, lining, handles), as well as the trigger hook hardware and the snaps. I'll say this, though - you may want to use your own sew on snaps if you don't have the crimper tool to insert the snaps; the kit doesn't come with it.
The kit also includes quite a bit of extra fabric because the Tilda fabric that's in the kit (which I'm a little in love with, btw), is extra wide, not the standard 42" wide. So, bonus scraps!

Kit from Martha Pullen online

Here's my new favorite market bag all finished . . .

And the other side (yep, it's reversible!):

AND, it rolls up and can clip to the inside of your purse for easy storage . . .

All in all, this was a very fast bag to make with great instructions from A Bag For All Reasons. I think the hardware and snaps make it look really polished, but it was super easy to put together. This would be a great holiday gift to make for friends or family, or a great kit to give as a gift to your crafty friends who'd rather make it themselves!

(Check out my review of A Bag for all Reasons here.)

Happy stitching!



Jean(ie) said...

Cool! I like that! That way you always have a bag with you...

Jenny Faasavalu said...

Love the bag! Especially that it's reversible. Hope I win the book.