Sew your own Reusable Grocery Bags

As you would know, the Queensland government banned the supply of single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags in July last year. You too can join in and do your part in reducing the plastic pollution on our environment and especially on our marine life by creating your very own reusable grocery bags!



Included in the project is this bag and bag case so you can easily store this in your handbag, car or pocket. This project is perfect for beginner sewers.

What you will need

  • Material 60cm height x 50cm width
    Consider using Cotton or Hemp, which are both environmentally friendly fabrics
  • Bias Binding x 1m
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Button or Button Snap

Optional to decorate

How to Make

Make your own embroidery designs



We’ve included a free Fruit embroidery design (zip, 118kb), to get you started in decorating your grocery bag! This design is perfect for the Brother NV180 Sewing and Embroidery machine fitting a 100mm x 100mm (4″ x 4″) embroidery hoop.

This design can be created using Perla, Embrilliance or Hatch embroidery software. Simply create your own embroidery design with the freehand tool and then combine it with any of the standards fonts available within the digitising software. If you’re looking for some vector designs, which you can import into these digitizing programs, we recommend


Each program is unique so we recommend trialling them prior to making your purchase. You can download the trial versions online or call us on 1800 000 360 for more information.

Ultimate Ladybug Club – By John Deer

If you already have an idea on what you would like to make but just need some embroidery designs, then you might be interested in the Ladybug Club embroidery design by John Deer. You can purchase an online subscription, choosing from over 25,000 quality embroidery designs!

NV180 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

This project was created using the NV180 Sewing and Embroidery machine. If you’re interested in learning how to create this project, as well as our other sewing, quilting or embroidery projects take a look at our great value packages online. You can also include the Echidna Sewing bundle packs to get you started with everything you need.


Finance options are available, please call us on 1800 000 360 or visit us online.

Share your projects online!

We would love to see what you come up with using this free reusable grocery bag sewing pattern. Upload your projects to our Echidna Sewing and Embroidery Facebook community to share with everyone!

12 thoughts on “Sew your own Reusable Grocery Bags

  1. Peter Turner says:

    I will certainly knock up a few of these as gifts as well as for myself. I will use hemp as cotton is not really environmentally friendly. It uses massive amounts of water taken from the MUrray Darling river system.

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  2. Fran Todkill says:

    The handles are the wrong way around for the shop holders
    It has to be a quick hang up for the check out assistant as they are time managed!


  3. Toni Noordermeer says:

    Hi can you tell me how I can get the instructions on how to make the bag and case? When I click on the instructions it takes me to the bag pattern.


    • Echidna Sewing says:

      Hi Roselin,

      Yes! These are available under the heading “How to Make”. There are two links here, one for the pattern and one for the instructions.

      Let us know if you are still having issues.


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