I’m a lover of large bags, and Farmer’s Market visits, and when they combine, it’s like I’ve stepped into Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and been told to do what I want. The Brielle Market Bag by I Think Sew, begs for the use of a large print outer fabric to show off colors, or geometric shapes. I know that large bag lovers draw a very hard line about whether they want print or solids, but none that I know ever want boring tiny prints. Ever.
The main goal for this bag was to have it used as a shopping bag for groceries or your jaunts to outdoor or indoor markets throughout the season. One of the things that I hate the most about reusable bags from stores are the fact that you can’t wash them. So in the case of spills, or even worse, meat leaking, you have to throw the entire thing away, thus making it NOT reusable.
Just six pieces of fabric to sew up, and this beauty only takes me about an hour start to finish. I don’t include taping and cutting the pattern out anymore, because some folks are faster than others. This is a HUGE bag too. Two feet wide, and a foot and a half tall without the handles. PLENTY of room for all of those goodies that you are certain to pick up on a day out shopping.
It calls for quilting cotton, but you know me, I love changing things up. I used home decor for the outer fabric, this one being an OOP Jessica Jones Outside Oslo print, with quilting cotton for the lining. And guess what? NO INTERFACING! If you’re worried about the integrity of the bag you can double stitch all seams, or serge them.
Granted, you don’t have to use it JUST for groceries, but there’s something about loading up all of your food items into a bag of pretty and walking out. So many compliments, and questions like “where can I buy something like that?” abound. Sewing simple things these days seem to be getting me through rough patches of thought and introspection. I’m just a regular thinker and sewist around these parts.
The good news is. I’m making these for sale. They will be priced at $45 plus shipping, and you can purchase after I make. I’m trying not to do custom orders on these because it takes too much time to wait for fabric if I don’t have what you want in stock. In a couple of days, I’ll be opening a shop page on the blog and you can order and pay straight from there! Yippee!
Until then, happy sewing!
Love the bag! Wish I could sew:( lol
Brandie Langer says
I don’t know how I missed this when you posted it the first time but this bag is just lovely! I want like a million of them. That’s not too much, right? LOL!
Alli Smith says
I so wish I had paid more attention in Home Ec. back in the day! I can’t sew, but I would love to get one of my sewing friends to make this bag for me. I LOVE this bag for so many reasons. It’s so pretty and functional. A washable market bag is brilliant!
I am so like you, I have to get colorful, neat bags like this all of the time. I call them tote bags and we have way too many here 😉 I love how it will work good for Farmers Market visits!
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
You did a great job on that bag! I have sen bags for sale in stores both large and small that didn’t look anywhere near as nice as yours.
This bag is too cute! Such an eco-friendly way to shop!
Mimi Green says
I love a boldly printed bag, the print is beautiful. I use these bags for groceries, the beach, picnics and anything else. I
Jen Temcio says
I wish I could sew! You have a really great talent…I love the fabric!
Eileen | yesmissy.com says
Great bag! It looks so sturdy and strong for groceries! Cute pattern on it too.
The bag looks so adorable and practical. Not a very good sew’er me so I wish I could do crafts like this.
That’s beautiful! I know what you mean about some of them being unwashable, so annoying! They tend to rip easily as well. Now when people ask you where they can buy one, you can hand them your card and say, you can order from me!
Ladonna Maxwell Dennis says
That bag is gorgeous! I love the print and how big it is! I never realized how much I love to find new bags and shopping with them is also a great idea.
Claudia Krusch says
This would be a fantastic bag for shopping. It is a great size and I love the colors. I need to get one for this summer.
Pam Wattenbarger says
This is such a beautiful bag for shopping! I love that fabric so much, it’s such a bright and fun pattern.
Heather @ Kraus House Mom says
You could use that bag for so much more, I love the prints you used.
David Elliott says
I could definitely use a bag like this. The state I live now charges for the plastic ones. So having something like this would be so useful.
Katie Kinsley says
I always think that I am good at sewing, but my items turn out rather bad. I’m at the point where I buy things I like instead of trying!
Ayushi Arora says
It is a very cute bag. Really colorful things make everything such a happy place. I liked this a lot, it doesn’t look like home made ones.
Latoya | Life and a Budget says
This is a very cute bag. Way cuter than the recyclable ones they sell in the stores.
Jilly Spellman says
The bag came out so cute. I have never been good a sewing or anything crafty. Thank god I can buy things on Etsy from people that are.
Great looking bag.Love the design and color. CA banned plastic bags a few months ago, we have to bring our bag now.
Dawn McAlexander says
I love this bag! I love large bags. I like the ones that will hold a lot of stuff. This one definitely qualifies in that category. It also looks sturdy. That’s a huge plus.
Rebecca Swenor says
This is a perfect market bag that can used over and over. The fact that it can be washed is awesome too. I love how big it is and that you can carry just about anything in this bag. Well done. Thanks for sharing this awesome reusable market bag.
Sarah Bailey says
Oh now that is an awesome bag, I love how colourful it is, I do try and take reusable bags when I go shopping, but I am awful for getting them whoops!
Nice work! I use reusable bags all the time. Especially for my ALDI trips!
The Brielle Market Bag would be perfect for me because I have four children. We have to bring several bags with us when we go places or even just to go outside. It’s ridiculous, really! I could use a large-sized bag like the Brielle Market Bag! I think it would help eliminate the number of bags we have to bring. Lol
This bag is cute. I really hate plastic grocery bags. I would need two because this girl child would be all over my bag and we would fight. Can’t wait for when they go on sale.
Elle (CleverlyChanging) says
I love a bag with pockets and this one is very convenient for store rewards cards. The color also makes the bag cute and trendy. In dc they charge for bags so making your own really comes in handy in my area.
That bag is cute! I need one like that for grocery shopping!
Terri Beavers says
I always use reusable bags for shopping. I’m going to have to check these out when you start selling them. I know I’ll get a lot of use out of one and I love that it’s large and roomy.
This is a really nice bag, and I love the print choices for the outside and inside. Now you can tell people where they can find a bag like that – right in your shop!
Shirley Martinez says
That MArket bag is gorgeous. I prefer to always bring my own reusable bags to the stores because it looks prettier and is more comfy
This is such a cute bag. I love how big it is. It’s awesome that you’re going to be making them.
I kinda wish I never stopped sewing, especially since I find myself hand stitching holes in my son’s clothes a lot more often than I want to. I would SOOO rock one of these bags as my everyday bag or beach tote. These are fab!
This bas is super cute and it’s practical. I can see myself using this bag in so many ways.
I love these type of big bags for my grandmother. I use them when I have a bunch of stuff to pack and carry.