Welcome to my first official tutorial :) This project had very little planning. Grizz and I have wanted to stop using so many plastic bags, and we even have a few reusable totes laying around... but they're not pretty! They are the plain-Jane blue ones that you can pick up for a dollar at any major store. I found some fabric at JoAnn's specificially designed for these sorts of projects on clearance for $2 a yard - so I picked up 2 yards :) The next day, I sat down and got to work! So, enjoy the numerous pictures and hopefully the instructions will help you become more environmentally friendly!
My fingers show the length of where the extra fabric is inside the bag. I wanted to add some strength to this part, so I used my triple straight stitch to stitch over it again... if you want, you could just use a regular stitch to go over it again too.
I didn't like how all the stitches are overlapping and messy, so I decided on my second bag to do a 2" hem. Because this fabric won't unravel and because it folds so easily - I decided just to fold it over once (without an iron! Yay!). To do this, I marked 4" from the top of the bag around the entire bag.
And then I folded the top down to the 4" mark - making a 2" hem!
I used a 3-point zig-zag around the hem. You could just do a straight stitch, a normal zig-zag or pull out one of those fun stitches on your machine!
With my bag laying flat, I marked 7" and 12" from the side seam...
...folded the ends of one of the straps 1" from the end...
... and placed these on the inside of the bag (above your hem line)... The arrows are pointed to your 7" and 12" marks (place the strap outside these marks).
Make sure your strap isn't twisted! The side that is facing toward you on one end should still be facing you on the other end.
***Remember that this is my first full tutorial. I welcome questions!!