Protect Your Produce - Boxed Grocery bag tutorial

A while ago (Feb. 2011) I posted this free tutorial for sewing a bag that you could slide a cardboard box into and use for produce. It was quite a popular tutorial...


boxed bag collage 

But most of the comments were unappreciative and pointed out things that they thought I was doing wrong. Such is the way of the internet when you put things out for free.


I took the tutorial down a few months ago and decided to make it even better and turn it into a pattern.


asquaredw pattern: Any Size Box-Bottom Bags


The pattern is $4 and available for instant download through my Meylah store.


While the pattern does not include directions for creating a patchwork or pieced exterior, I decided to play around with some possibilities. The middle one was inspired by Alexia and the end one is just yellow happiness. :)


asquaredw pattern: Any Size Box-Bottom Bags

These actually have boxes in them to hold the shape. The larger one I use for produce (like the original pattern, shown in Amy Butler fabric). The smaller one on the right is where I keep my larger quilting supplies. It's just an Ikea box that I covered in Melody Miller fabric. It's not glued, so I can salvage the fabric and the box if I ever want to change things.

asquaredw pattern: Any Size Box-Bottom Bags

33 comments:

  1. I would love to make your day by telling you that this is the cutest and most practical thing ever! Thanks for the tutorial

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  2. So cool! Have a happy day tomorrow too!

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  3. Thanks for the great tutorial!!! I am going to have to make several of these!

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  4. Genius, I tell you! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Awesome tutorial! I will have to try it out someday. Love all your math comments. :-)

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  6. I really, really love this. Can you tell me what fabric that is, too?!! :)

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  7. I love it, too!!! I would like a few :^)
    A further idea....wouldn't it be great to have 2 or 3 nest so you have lots of carrying power in just a small amount of storage space?
    SUPER!!!

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  8. This is just the greatest idea!! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!

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  9. "hot dog bun style" = lolz for me tonight! ;]

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  10. Great idea! I've included your tutorial in the post Must Make Monday- Bags on my blog, The Handmade Experiment. http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/must-make-monday-bags/

    Thanks!
    Emily

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  11. I think I'm going to make this next week. Just wanted to say what a great job you did on the illustration of the tutorial. Everything is so well explained...even if you're a math person and not a writer!

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  12. I'm almost finished my second one for a friend. I love this! I can make one in under an hour too!

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  13. GREAT tutorial! Looking forward to making this - very easy to follow!

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  14. Here's an ethics question: Is it appropriate to use shipping boxes offered free by the USPS for purposes other than intended?

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  15. Dear Anonymous,
    Since you didn't leave an email address, hopefully you will check my reply. I use priority mail boxes that have already been shipped/used. The box has thus been paid for and would otherwise be recycled or thrown out. I always suggest reusing rather than new or throwing away. That's also why I give directions and formulas for you to reuse any other box that you may have on hand.

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  16. Thanks for clarifying! I'm glad to see them put to re-use after have already been used to ship; I actually assumed you did, based on the content of your article, but mentioning that they're free from the post office just made me stop and wonder how many people in the world use those 'free' boxes freely (If you'll pardon the pun) for other purposes, since, when you get right down to it, "Free" things really aren't; the cost is just made up elsewhere.

    I do love the re-use idea, however, and will be making a few from my leftover Amazon boxes!

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  17. That's it! I've been looking for a gift that my (grown) children can use year long. Using your pattern, I'll make a box bag, then mesh produce bags and soft bags and place them in the box bag. This will be a great storage box in between shopping trips. Thanks for a wonderful idea that will help to make our holidays eco-perfect!

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  18. Thanks for the great idea! I made a bag inspired by this one and posted a photo on my blog: www.amandathered.blogspot.com

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  19. I am going to try it, and use a $1 plastic shoe box from the dollar store for the inside. Wish me luck!

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    1. Hi. I was just wondering how your bag came out with the plastic shoe box? Do you have any pics? If you do, could you send me it? a.ahsam@me.com Thanks!

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  20. Yes, I am going to make this! Thanks!

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  21. This looks so very practical! I hate it when my bananas get squished before they come home! Same with my bread. I love it!

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  22. What a great tutorial and idea. Thank you!

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  23. What an absolutely awesome idea! I get produce from a buying group every other weekend and this would be perfect!!!

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  24. So clever! My sis-inlaw always has lots of Amazon boxes and she LOVES re-using everything. I've made her bags out of t-shirts before, but these are sooooo much better! I always keep bags in my trunk, but now will have these too! Thanks so much for sharing. ~~Robyne~~

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    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for home sewers.

    Grab a brag button!

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  26. I Love it! This is just brilliant. Thanks for the excellent tutorial.

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  27. Yes, I suggest using a "free" box that has already been shipped. Or, pay for the shipping cost associated with which ever size box you use.

    It is a federal offence to use the "free" boxes provided to USPS customers for any purpose other than shipping a package via USPS and paying the required postage for said box.

    Not to be a bummer, but these boxes are federal property. :/ So, be careful.

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  28. Great idea!! Use a used box and focus on the great idea!!!

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  29. People are mean, this is awesome!!!

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