So you can imagine how thrilled I am to find free patterns on the internet. Freebies for Crafters is an amazing place to go and I go there often. You should too!
That's where I found a down-loadable pattern for this Market Bag. It's very simple but please DO follow the instructions. I got a bit carried away with my own ideas and nearly ruined mine. I'm used to leaving an opening in the bottom of the lining for the whole turning the bag right side out and PRESTO! you're done!
Things don't work that way with this bag because of the way the bag handles are cut onto the bag. Just believe me on this.
The striped fabric is from a batch of fabric my mother gave me last year. The bottom is cut out from left over blue jeans.
I laid the pattern over the side seam of the jeans (that were ripped apart at the inseam) with the side seam of the jeans a few inches up from the bag bottom.
I thought I had enough left over cotton for the lining but I was way off, and I ended up piecing the entire thing.