Monday, February 25, 2013

No More Plastic Bags ~ Reusable Market Bag

In March 2013, our sister city to the south (Austin) will start enforcing their new ban on non-biodegradable shopping bags we commonly refer to as 'Plastic.' In honor of this action that Keeps Austin Weird, I have decided to publish the making of my SoCo Market bag. Sit back and enjoy the this project. After selecting the size and finding a comparable pattern from one of my reference books, I made a paper pattern for the main parts of this project. I selected some good pull up type leather that I purchased at Tandy on the discounted shelf. I was going more for the look and color than the quality. There were some marks and scars on this leather, which I felt enhanced the look for this project. I marked the leather using my paper pattern and made the necessary cuts to include the straps and inner cellphone pocket. Stay tune for more on this quality project!


  1. Great idea. Here in Spain they actually CHARGE for plastic bags now. They sell some roll-up fabric types that you can carry to the store and re-use.

  2. That is interesting to hear. I believe there is one lawsuit already been talked about or filed by business owners. Not sure how this will work out. What I do know is that this bag has been a hit in public. In fact many have asked the owner if it was a 'coach' bag. I find that comment most interesting since it is pretty raw in the finishing. Thanks for commenting!

  3. What reference did you use for the pattern? I would like to make my wife one.