As California becomes the next state to ban plastic bags it looks like taking our own bags to the grocery store may be the way of life. I already use my own bags at the store so I don't have to recycle plastic or paper bags. If you want a great patter for grocery bags that are easy to make and that can be created in you favorite fabrics try out this free pattern. The bag measures 17 inches by 17 inches not including the handle and it folds up easily to be placed in the matching 6 inch sleeve.
Takes about one hour to make a bag.