In the last couple of years I’ve made a great number of shopping bags and I just found some pictures of one of my favorite ones that I would like to share. The bags are made from a very basic model. My pattern consists of a modified paper bag that is a little wider across the top. Most of them have some inside pockets, and some have thread spool closures. They are all lined and are sturdied up with iron-on interfacing.
This first one is made from a pillow case with a map from the London underground on it and I absolutely love, love it! I found the pillowcase in a Ventura thrift shop and wish I had more. It was enough to make two bags. They went to my sister and a friend who had been to London recently, so that was all very appropriate. I hope to one day go to London myself and maybe find some more of this great fabric.
For the pictures I took the bag to my metro station. There obviously is a formula for underground map making since the LA style is exactly the same as the London style. Mmmm, maybe I should start looking for LA metro fabric. Of course the LA metro isn’t as nicely intricate as the London underground so you would need many more repeats to make a pattern.