Since it is way past time to get a little green, I decided to try to make a few grocery totes out of 4 - half yard cuts of oil cloth that I had on hand. I found this tutorial on the Purl Bee blog and adapted the pattern to get 1 bag out of only a half of yard of 47" wide oilcloth. Rather than using two separate fabrics for each side, I made one large panel, cut the handles out as one piece for easier cutting and finishing and then just used a 11" diameter plate for the bottom rather than mess with the string as originally suggested.
Here is a rough diagram of how I cut out the fabric.
By using binding clips for the double folded self hem finish on the handles and bag tops, I avoided using pins.
Since I was making 4 bags, I just then swapped handles and bottoms for a scrappy look.
As I was making these the other day, I decided to go to my LQS to get more oilcloth to make a few bags for my mom. They had their own pattern for a larger, reversible bag, using 2 - 5/8 cuts & webbing. I did purchase enough fabric to make two of their larger bags, but haven't gotten to them yet. Small world that it is, Maria at Passing Down Crazy posted one of these bags on her blog this afternoon, so go check it out!
Oh, and there is one last day to enter the giveaway to win the OOP Amy Butler FQ set on this previous post.