Folded Shopping Bag FREE Pattern. Never without a bag when you need one!

folded shopping bagHere's a fun and practical sewing project –a folded shopping bag– that you can make with Batik fabric.  Frankly, you could do this project with almost any colorful fabric (or even not-so-colorful..) but I love how it looks with beautiful Batik.

I don't know if this is happening in your community, but where I live, stores are beginning to stop providing plastic and even paper shopping bags in favor of reusable bags.  I've bought so many reusable bags but I never seem to have one with me when I need it so I end up buying more and more (which probably isn't too good for the environment either, although the retailers who now charge for these bags seem to like it..)  My solution is this super easy folded shopping bag that will turn into a flat pouch small enough that you can put handbag.  Now I'll never be without a shopping bag when I need one!

The project is simple and should take you about 30 minutes to an hour and the end product is extremely versatile. It will make the perfect gift for a friend on Mother's Day or addition to your Etsy store.  I purchased a small treasure of Batik fabrics on a recent trip and would like to show you a few ways to use Batik as accessories, clothing, and home decoration.  You don't have to use Batik but it is always nice;)


In a recent article, we talked about the ancient art of Batik Printing Technique,

The Ancient Art of Batik Printing Technique

If you'd like to make this from real Batik fabric, we've found a wonderful supplier in the US that ships through Amazon called Java Batiks.  These are authentic Batik fabrics from Indonesia.  In future tutorials, we'll show you how to make your own Batik, but if you want to start working with the fabric, it may make sense to get a supply now.


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Cut one pouch piece of fabric, one of fusible interfacing, and one of fleece.Untitled design(45)

Make a rectangle that is 17 1/2″ in width and 36″ in length.  Fold in half lengthwise and mark the middle.folded shopping bag

Cut two strips of 24″ in length and  2″ wide (this will become the handles).folded shopping bag

Assembling the Bag Handles

Take your strip of fabric, (24″ by 2″) folded in half, sew at 1/4″, turn inside out and iron.  You may find it useful to use a loop turner to do this.  Then and sew a stitch in the middle.  Put aside for later.

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Making the Pouch

Fuse the interfacing to the fabric with the use of an iron.  Then attach the fleece either by sewing or by using spray glue.  Take the zipper and lay it open and upside down on the right side of the fabric.  Align it to the first notch.folded shopping bagPin the zipper to the fabric, use as many pins as you can to shape the zipper around the fabric.folded shopping bag

Start sewing at the right hand side notch.  You start sewing 1 cm from the head of the zipper.  This gap is important to be able to flip the zipper around.  Make sure you keep sewing the zipper with your zipper foot around the bag following the edge of the fabric.

Note: please make sure you are sewing at the same distance around the zipper.  Any deviation will distort the zipper and it will not look good when you zip up the bag.  Start sewing the other side at the notch as well.

For a refresher on using zipper feet, please read our tutorial on the subject:

All about Zipper Feet – Sew A Skirt Series


Trim the fabric with the fleece to allow the zipper to curve smoothly.folded shopping bagSew the ends of the zippers.folded shopping bagMake sure the zipper ends lay toward the fleece side. folded shopping bagLay the rectangle lengthwise and pin the pouch to the rectangle print side up.  Tuck both ends of the zipper under the pouch. folded shopping bagfolded shopping bagSew the pouch using your zipper foot by topstitching around the pouch make sure you follow the zipper perfectly as to not distort the shape of the pouch.

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Making the Bag

You can use your serger for this step.  I am using a French seam to close the sides.  Sew on the right side of the fabric on both sides.  For a refresher on how to make French seams, please review this tutorial:

How to sew a French Seam

floded shopping bagCut half of the seam allowance, turn your bag inside out and iron.folded shopping bagSew again 3/4″ again and iron the sides once again.

Round up the corners with the use of your zipper foot.  Follow the shape of the pouch.  Make sure you do not catch the zipper.

Attaching the handles

Lay the rectangle horizontally with the handles on either side.folded shopping bag

Fold again this time 3/4″.folded shopping bag

Make sure your handles are hanging down fold the handles upward and pin.folded shopping bag

Sew the handles and the hem all together.folded shopping bag

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So there you have it, the perfect bag to hide your crime or another purchase from the fabric store…

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85 Responses to Folded Shopping Bag FREE Pattern. Never without a bag when you need one!

  1. Marty C says:

    Thank you for this super pattern! I’ve made several and think they’re great fun! After giving some away as gifts and seeing the recipients struggle to fold them neatly, I started sewing the crease along the corners of the bag – it helped. I also added a loop between the handles to help hold the bag open when loading it with groceries, and a removable wrist strap for when I don’t have a big purse to carry it in – but am thinking about making them their very own bag so I can take several into the store with me. You’re very generous with your patterns – thanks again!

  2. Christa says:

    Hi Mayra, I have made this bag last year. I carry it around in my handbag and it has saved me many times when I ended up buying more or bigger items than I had in mind. Great pattern! Thank you for making my life easier while running arronds. Greetings from Holland

  3. Anna says:

    Super, easy pattern. Would it be possible for you to make it printable.

  4. Claudia says:

    Need video

  5. Tracey Seymour says:

    hi guys from Australia, is there a pattern template for this and or a video? have been wanting to make these for Eva, thank you love you channel.

  6. Janet H says:

    Is there a video for this pattern?

  7. Ana Maria says:

    Muchísimas gracias por compartir este precioso trabajo!. Hace bastante venía buscando algo así.
    Ahora a elegir las telas!
    Buena Semana y Feliz Costura!!!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Que disfrutes el patron, dejame saber como te salio la bolsa puedes subir una foto con tu movil en los comentarios, Un abrazo 🙂

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