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Great way to recycle used table cloth

Here is an excellent way to recycle Peva table cloth and use the material to make a grocery bag.

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One day while I was out shopping, my purchased dishwasher liquid spill into my grocery bag.  Since my bags are made from cotton, some of the liquid soaked through the cotton and spill into the trunk of my car.

I needed a bag to store my grocery liquids, and I needed the material to be inexpensive.  After debating on the different types of bags to make, I decided to recycle my Peva table cloth and use the material for my bag project.

The Peva table cloth material is water resistant, and it comes in different colors, designs, prices, and dimensions.   You can recycle the material or purchase an inexpensive Peva table cloth to make a bag.   The added bonus is that the material comes with its interfacing on the back of the material.

I love my bag, and I wanted to share with everyone another great way to make a  quick and easy shopping bag.

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Materials Needed:

There are all the items that you will need to make the bag

  • fabric scissors or rotary cutter
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • Pencil ( not shown in picture )
  • Measurement tape and ruler
  • Two 29 inches long 2 inches wide nylon webbing.
  • Peva table cloth ( I purchase my round tablecloth from Walmart )

 

STEP 1:

Take the Peva table cloth from the package and fold the table cloth into two folds, inner side together.

At the folded side of the material measure, 18 inches wide by 19 inches long then draw a line marking out the measurement. Cut out your pattern along the line.

 

Once done, on the long sides of the pattern, bottom left and bottom right of the folded sides’ measure and cut 2X2 inches off.

Your pattern should look like this.

 

STEP 2:

Repeat the first instruction so you should have two patterns looking like this.

 

STEP3:

Take one of your two patterns and open it face down.  It does not matter which bag pattern you choose. Currently, the inner and outer patterns look identical.

On the left side of the pattern that measures 18 inches wide, measure 4.5 inches in and 2.5 inches down.

Pin the first half of one of the Webber strap to the bag. From the right side measure 4.5 inches in and 2.5 inches down and pin the second half of the strap to the bag.

 

STEP4:

Repeat the instruction above for the opposite side of the bag, which is as follow.

On the left side of the pattern that measures 18 inches wide, measure 4.5 inches in and 2.5 inches down.

Pin the first half of one of the Webber strap to the bag. From the right side measure 4.5 inches in and 2.5 inches down and pin the second half of the strap to the bag.

 

Once done, it should look like this.

 

 

STEP5:

From the bottom of the strap, sew two inches up, across then back down 2 inches securing the strap to the material.   (Later on, you will see why I did not sew the strap all the way to the top of the bag).

 

 

STEP6:

Line up the 19 inches sides and sew the left and right sides.

STEP 7:

On the left side of the bag, pinch together the 2×2 open corners, lining up the side and bottom seams in the center. Pin and sew straight.

Repeat the above step to sew the opposite side of the bag.

Once done, the bag pattern with the strap becomes your inner bag.

 

 

STEP8:

Outer Bag pattern:

On the second bag pattern, fold the outer sides of the bag together.  Pin and sew the left inner side, then the right inner sides of the bag.

 

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STEP9:

On the left side of the bag, pinch together the 2×2 open corners, lining up the side and bottom seams in the center. Pin straight across and sew.

Repeat the above step to sew the opposite side of the bag then turn the bag outside out.

Hint:  Interfacing should be facing in:

 

 

STEP10:

Turn in a ¼ inch to the inside of the bag opening. Finger press the pleat.

At the bag opening of your Outer bag turn in a ¼ inch to the inside of the bag. Finger press the pleat.

With the inner bag inside out, Input the inner bag into the outer bag inner.

Hint:  Once done the bag interfacings should be facing each other.

Line the pleats from the inner and outer bag together then clip or pin.

Hint: I use wonder clips for my project.

 

 

STEP 11:

 

You can now top stitch both bags together.  I sewed two top stitches around my bag opening to secure my bag handle to my bag.

That is it!

Now you have your reversible recycle Peva shopping bag

Enjoy.

 

 

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