Oilcloth market bag

One project I always keep material on hand for is oilcloth bags.  I love sewing with oilcloth.  The bright colors, the pliability of the fabric and it never ravels.  I have learned a few tricks when I sew with it however.  I always use a walking foot and I like to use painters tape for holding things in place.  I also use big vinyl coated paperclips.  One of my current favorites is making market bags.  This pattern is the same size as a paper grocery bag and is perfect for so many things.  I use it at the library, at the store and just for carrying stuff.  They fold easily when I’m done with them and make a satisfying pile  when I have finished making them.  I think I’m going to make a bunch up and sell them.  I have both laminated fabric and oilcloth.  Maybe that will be my next project.



  1. Peggy

    I love the oilcloth bag you gave me. It is so soft and I take it with me every time I go to the beach. I would love to learn how to make them but I need a little more practice under my belt but it is on my ever so long to do list…
    Love looking at all of the things you make Patty. It inspires me..

    • Patty

      Thanks for the kind words Peggy! I’m having lots of fun and I love to make those oilcloth bags. I’ve never see the orange again but I’ve got lots of other colors and patterns here. I look forward to seeing what else you’re making because you’re making great progress.

  2. Terri

    I’ll buy one! Also, I’d like one about half the size of a regular grocery bag to use when I am shopping downtown.

    • Patty

      I’d love to make you one any size you want. Send me an email or give me a call.

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