Hello and welcome to our Organic Cotton Reusable Shopping Bag Tutorial! Today we will learn how to make a reusable shopping bag with pocket(s) and a matching mini bag to store your shopping bag while you are not using it. This is a great holiday gift idea for the environmentally conscious shoppers on your list. When it comes to choosing fabric that will be carrying your food, organic cotton is a great choice. The organic fabric I chose for this project is from the very cute and new line by Birch Fabrics called Koi. It states on Birch’s website, “our fabric is produced from 100% organic cotton, and printed with low impact dyes.”
The other day Colette Patterns posted this super cute image from a French children’s costume book. The images are on her Flickr and they were so cute and inspiring I just had to see if I could make one of the costumes for an adult. I mean let’s be honest, all the BEST costumes these days are for kids unless you want a scandalous and unappropriated costume. I wanted something fun and creative I could wear to work! That’s when I set out to create my own penguin costume. The best thing is it costs about $12 bucks to make!!
Here we are at the end of week two and we have so many amazing garments to show you! Thank you to all the customers that sent in their project photos for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Vote for your favorites on our Facebook page.
Working at Hart’s is such a huge source of inspiration. The best part of the morning is getting to see what fabulous new garment everyone is wearing. It is truly a sight to see all the ladies squealing and oohh-ing and aahh-ing in excitement over each others creations! And we get just as excited about seeing our customers creations too!
We have such a great community of sewist and fabric lovers from our retail location here in Santa Cruz to our online community all around the world. It feels truly special to be apart of such an amazingly creative community. Thank you everyone for sharing your projects with us!
Each week we will have a customer project photo contest on Facebook. The pic with the most likes will get a $50 gift certificate. Every Friday we will post all the photos we have received and we will select the winner on Monday morning. Post your project pics on our Facebook page to enter to win next week.
Below are pictures of all the handmade garments seen around the store from employees, customers and some online customers sent in pics too. Hope you get inspired to make something new this weekend. And remember to share your project pics with us! Happy Sewing!