**Edited to include a link to some other pictures from the Japanese craft book - I aim to please!**
I've been trying to do my green bit, but my supermarket 'bag for life' plastic bags are getting a bit holey. As my cucumber tried to escape earlier in the week, I thought 'must go an exchange this one for a new one' but something stopped me. Something fabric-y.
I've had this Japanese craft book (ISBN 4834724549) for a while and I love many of the bags in it. To have a look at the inside, check here.
But the combination of sewing inexperience and inability to actually read the instructions put me off. Until now.
It has this very cunning folding trick going on with the handles which forms a gusset, allowing you to stuff it with odd shaped produce.
I lined it with a heavy calico which gives it a pleasing 'stand up by yourself' quality. And I think I followed most of the instructions, apart from the double turned seam at the bottom. Because my poor little machine fought bravely through 16 layers of fabric, but there was no way it was going to conquer 32. It had to make do with a single seam and zig-zagged edge.
Now I just need a shopping trip to test-drive it...