I've been in the mood to make bags, purses and totes lately. One great inspiration is that Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties are banning plastic shopping bags starting next year, and are charging for using paper bags. Whether or not you or I agree with the ban doesn't matter as much as what to do about it.
I'm going to start by making some more market bags like some of the ones I did last year.
I was planning on putting together a list of great bags to make, but someone beat me to it over at whipup.net. This is a great list of bags. Go check it out, really! Very inspiring.
Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order. There is a lack of pictures on my part, because I want to spend all afternoon sewing, not downloading and re-posting photos.
Quilting for Peace has a great little shopping bag tutorial. I think the shorter handles would make them easier to fill. Sure, the longer handles can go over your shoulder, but I've found that the grocery store clerks have trouble holding them open.
Skip to my Lou's boxy zippered bag is a classic.
For adorable little zippered felt purses, bluegirlxo is quite inspiring.
I love the recycled cargo pants messenger bag over at noddlehead.
Craft Nectar links to an ingenious grab bag design. Definitely want to try these.
I've been looking for a good yoga mat bag, something simple to make and easy to use. Pickles has a great crocheted bag that looks perfect.
BurdaStyle has a nice looking purse that looks like it would be fun to make.
There's a great beach bag tutorial over at obsessive crafting disorder (what a cute name!) I love the mesh panel idea.
Here is a cute crocheted tote from Classic Elite Yarns.
Lastly, here are three shopping bags to inspire you:
The Jane Market Bag
A simple grocery bag pattern
And a cute crocheted bag.