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I've followed links to patterns for grocery bags several times, and
every last one has been lined.

Why would one line a shopping bag?  It seems to me that a lined bag
would be harder to wash.

Mounting a decorative fabric on a stiffer one, I can see.  And I
underlined the bottom of my bull-denim tote because I thought it would
catch more wear than the sides.  But what is the point of making two
bags and sewing them together at the mouth?

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Re: Grocery bags
On Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:38:49 -0500, Joy Beeson

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I like these ones  -  simple,  un-lined,  

http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=55723&cat=2,42194,47776

    John T.


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I like to make mine double.

  reasons:
1. it makes them tidy You can't see the stitching/overlocking
2. It makes them stronger.
3. If they get something on them, I can be a mucky pup, I can turn them  
over until I get them into the wash.


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Re: Grocery bags

:I've followed links to patterns for grocery bags several times, and
:every last one has been lined.

:Why would one line a shopping bag?  It seems to me that a lined bag
:would be harder to wash.

People who make these things are doing it as an arts & craft project,
not for utility.  From a utility standpoint, I don't think you can
justify making them versus just buying them.  A number of outlets
offer canvas or canvas like bags cheaper than I could get fabric for.  

I buy them from Trader Joe's, who sell an amercian sewn canvas bag of
standard 1/6 barrel capacity for like $3.  They're reasonably durable,
and last a few years.  I make an addition: I sew a piece of webbing about
50" long to use as a shoulder strap.  I put a plastic buckle in, so the
length can be adjusted, and it can be clipped to things.  The should
strap makes it much easier to carry, and makes it possible to carry
six or ten from the car to the house.  

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Re: Grocery bags
On Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 9:31:41 AM UTC-6, David Scheidt wrote:
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I buy the ones from Walmart and they look like the ones that have been around
for years.  The exception to these are they are stiff on the sides and have a
fold down bottom that is also stiffened.  They do fold up easily for storage
but the main thing I like about them is once opened they will stay open and
not collapse on themselves unless full.  When opened they are pretty much like
a box and sorry I can't find a picture of them.  But they're around $3.50 at
Wally World.


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I generally start beginners on Nancy Restuccia's Classic Open Tote from her book,  
Hold it!, because the instructions are closer to English than Sewing Speak, and we  
usually substitute home made straps for the webbing straps specified.  It's unlined,  
but there are a number of variations given.
<http://www.mckennalinn.com/Tote.pdf

As to why lined, I dunno.  Considering the microbial flora in the average reuseable  
grocery bag, mine go in the wash every week...
<https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/smathers-poster.pdf?fwd=no

(Purses are at least as bad, btw:  
<https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4513311/ )  

Kay



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