This small Grocery Bag is a first for two reasons:
2. horizontal stripes
Originally, I wanted to make a Grocery Bag with horizontal stripes and that was my only goal.
The striped ones I've made in the past have always had horizontal stripes for the handles, and vertical stripes for the bag body. Having the stripes running in opposite directions works well for showing the handles and bag body are separate pieces, which is a big part of what make these bags so super simple to sew.
Having the stripes running vertically on the body also is slightly easier to work with than horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes don't need to be matched along the sides, or aligned and sewn neat and straight around the top.
The bag ended up having patchwork for one side because I was spending too much time looking through my stash for the second fabric! To end the hemming and hawing, I went for patchwork.
The idea was the patchwork would be the lining. I'm so used to thinking of bags as having an exterior and lining side, I forget this bag is reversible.
So the patchwork can be the main focus by having it as the exterior, or used on the inside for a colorful surprise inside the bag:
Now I want to make a bunch more with patchwork! My WIP list is quite long right now, but I might need to squeeze a few of these in anyway.
This is one of these, but not really a size in the pattern. It's closest to the small size. It started out bigger, but I was a little sleepy on Saturday when I was sewing it, and made a mistake. So it had to be cut down. The flap is shorter than the small one in the pattern and the body isn't as wide as the small.
It turned out sweet in these fabrics, so I was happy it worked out in the end. I was concerned the flap was going to be too wide and wouldn't fit between the curved corners, but it was fine.
The floral fabric is a mystery print and the blue fabric is an organic chambray from Fabric Depot.