Friday, February 21, 2020

Origami Market Bag

My friend Debbie showed me how to make this ingenious bag, but you can also find online tutorials, such as this one. Debbie and I have been making plain bags that our craft group members will decorate. Yesterday I decided to use my scraps of shweshwe material to make one to put a gift in, rather than use paper gift wrap.

I joined pieces of shweshwe to make a rectangle, with length three times the width, and sewed it to a lining, which hid all the seams:

Then comes the fun bit, the folding:

Triangles at the end, one up and one down, and then one more fold to turn it into a bag:

The points at the top are overlapped and covered with a fabric tube to form a handle, and voila, a very simple shopping bag. You can box the corners, but I decided not to.


  1. Is that like Diane's Dorset bags she used to make? On my list of 'things to do'!!!

  2. I've been meaning to try one of those bags. Think of all the possible uses!

  3. Wow, that's brilliant, I should have a go at that.

  4. you made it! I have also saved this pattern sometimes. Maybe sometimes I sew.

  5. I want to give it a try too😁thanks for sharing

  6. Thats brilliant and gives the bag lots of shape too