Summer Sewing ~ Grocery Bag Stuff Sack

on June 21 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 80 Comments

Are you planning a car trip this summer? Do you need extra bags in the car for wet beach clothes or after-picnic recyclables? Erin from Dog Under My Desk joins us today with a fun + free PDF tutorial for you to download. Print out instructions for a Grocery Bag Stuff Sack, get to work and pretty soon you’ll always have handy, extra bags in the car! Learn more about Erin in her introduction, and take a look at Erin’s shop for more of Erin’s designs and patterns.

Erin writes, “I’ve been on a bit of an appliqué kick lately, so I thought this little grocery bag stuff sack would be really cute for keeping extra grocery bags handy to recycle as trash bags for the car! If you skip the appliqué, this bag would be great to hold small toys for the kids on road trips or even a ball of yarn!”

The finished size is about 5″ wide by 6″ tall by 4″ deep. Download the Trash Can Appliqué design, and then print out your Grocery Bag Stuff Sack PDF Tutorial. Have fun sewing!

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80 Responses to Summer Sewing ~ Grocery Bag Stuff Sack

  1. so cute, and I need this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. mary fanara coleman says:

    Wow…I’m going to print this one see what fabric I have and get to sewing it. Thanks for the tute!!!!

  3. Carolin says:

    this is a very cool idea!! I already have a “bag-bag” but this one is way more pretty than my paper bag 😉

  4. angela says:

    These are adorable!

  5. Alyssa Sorenson says:

    Love this! I will be using this, always need to keep the car more organized (according to my husband!)

  6. Wow! Thank you for all the amazing comments. I’m glad you all like the bag and I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

  7. Rebecca says:

    What a fun little project!

  8. Kelli says:


  9. Wren says:

    Love the idea of keeping those extra bags contained!

  10. Anie says:

    just what we need!

  11. Basteta says:

    What a great bag!

  12. KT says:

    Great idea! Now to find the time to make one!

  13. Ramona says:

    Lovely bag. I really love the drawstring.

  14. Lori Morton says:

    Thanks for sharin’ such a cute bag with us! Will sure be put to use here, and in more ways than in the car I’m thinkin’ too! 🙂

  15. Kristin McKee says:

    This would be a great addition to my travel trailer to keep the grocery bags. I use them as trash bags.

  16. Angie says:

    Oh this is perfect for a trip with little ones! Thank you!

  17. JennX says:

    Oh the bags- even though I try always to reuse my plastic bags, I always end up with them multiplying in the back porch- anything to corral them is much appreciated!

  18. krystina says:

    What a cute idea! I love the applique! Now I want to applique everything.

  19. Cindy Patterson says:

    Good idea. Even if I am not going on a trip I need extra trash bags in the car. Nicely done tutorial. Thanks

  20. Seanna Lea says:

    This is almost perfect for what I envisioned. A bag for all of the poo bags (empty, of course) I bring on my dog walks. Maybe adding a zipper pocket for a few treats and a small amount of money would take it to the ideal!

  21. sangeetha says:

    Its adorable and in my favorite color combo. Adding to my pinterest 🙂

  22. Tez says:

    great idea!

  23. EveLily says:

    I love seeing different, fun ways of doing applique, thanks!

  24. Rohaise says:

    Very cute idea. Thank you.

  25. simple yet very practical..happy sewing

  26. Cassie says:

    Thanks for the excellent photos and instructions!!! You really went above and beyond. Such a useful idea!

  27. ratty says:

    nice sized bag for the car and LOVE the applique!

  28. Heidi Anderson says:

    great idea, thanks! Love the applique.

  29. amorette says:

    the applique design is adorable, it completely makes the project! thanks for sharing with us!

  30. alisha says:

    The bag is adorable and it’s such a great idea.

  31. kathyh says:

    Another drawstring bag is always appreciated.

  32. April says:

    Great idea!

  33. Marcia W. says:

    The applique of the trash can is cute.

  34. Jenelle says:

    Nice project! I really need to make one of these to help wrangle my loose plastic bags. Thanks for the post.

  35. Tara says:

    Cute cute cute!!

  36. Anne Marie says:

    Great idea – love it.

  37. Annie Mc says:

    Sweet & simple, thanks for the share!

  38. cute, i like the tight drawstring closure

  39. Bobby says:

    I am so making these. I’m made a few that are longer for in my kitchen but I think I’m going to make a few of these for my car, my bathroom, and my sewing area. This is great!

  40. Lorri says:

    Cute bag! 🙂

  41. Maeve says:

    Would love to have a copy of this book! Looks interesting! The bag is cute.

  42. Jen S says:

    What a great idea, I’m always looking for ways to keep the car organized

  43. Liz T. says:

    I have a car trip coming up! What a great idea!

  44. Katrina H says:

    Thank you for the pattern!

  45. Jennifer says:

    very handy and timely! Thanks for the idea!

  46. Christina G. says:

    Great little bag, it’s on my list too.

  47. deb says:

    That is such a good idea. I often forget to bring the eco bags for the groceries because they make the car so messy. I just might make them a pretty bag and then they will always be in my car!!

  48. Kim W says:

    This bag would be useful for so many things. Thank you for all the great tutorials and inspiration.

  49. Brigette says:

    There are so many different things you could do with this pattern!

  50. Jessica says:

    This is great! I bet it really helps cut down on junk accumulation, now I just need something to keep my kids quiet on road trips…

  51. Cheryl says:

    What a great bag! I can think of hundreds of uses for it. Thanks so much for the tutorial and pattern!

  52. Laura Reich says:


  53. Rebecca says:

    Fun and practical. I like it!

  54. marilyn podoll says:

    Love this applique. I haven’t tried one before so this could be the one.

  55. Debbie says:

    love the tutorial, hope to try it soon.

  56. Retha says:

    I was thinking exactly like Kasia! A perfect knitting bag!

  57. Susan C. says:

    This little bag would be handy for so many things. Thank you for sharing the pattern!

  58. Thank you for providing this entry. I really liked it. Keep up the quality work, man!

  59. Samina says:

    That’s a great yarn bag & the applique is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  60. Hannah says:

    This would be perfect for me to keep in the car to put recyclables. I’m in my car a lot for work and go through a lot of diet cokes, but don’t want to throw the cans away because I want to recycle them. Perhaps I should applique a recycling symbol on the front.

  61. Carla says:

    Super cute (and handy!) bag!!! 🙂

  62. Dell says:

    I love anything with appliqué.

  63. Hooray! ANOTHER bag!

  64. I can see multiplr purposes for this neat bag. Thanks for the pattern.

  65. Kasia says:

    This would be a handy bag for knitting projects! Thanks!

  66. Steph says:

    Cute–I like the drawstring top to keep everything contained.

  67. Deanna says:

    Nice! A simple solution to an everyday problem.

  68. amy! says:

    Great idea! I’ve been thinking of something like this to attach to a larger grocery tote to keep those smaller produce bags so I’ll remember to reuse them on the next trip! I think this could do the job. Thanks!!

  69. N. Perez says:

    Very useful and cute at the same time.

  70. jen says:

    awesome thanks for the pdf! beach bags for wet stuffs are always handy to have in the summer!

  71. Cherie says:

    Thanks! I was looking for something like this!

  72. Nina says:

    Thanks! This is just what I needed.

  73. Lynne in NC says:

    Great idea and easy to follow tute. Erin’s Yorkies are adorable.

  74. birrrd says:

    i like the image on the side. it gives the impression of a throw-evertything-in-invitation. if you know what i mean. perfect for a last minute run through the home, grabbing everything that should’nt be left before leaving to the beach..

  75. Sunnybec says:

    Thanks for the free pattern.

  76. Sydney says:

    That looks like the perfect size for plastic carrier bags 🙂

  77. Eleonora says:

    pretty idea!it’s very useful to keep in order my car…I have always a lot of things in it!!!

  78. Beth T says:

    This bag is a great size. We keep a bag of bags in our mudroom, but it’s nowhere near so cute. I’ve added this project to my list. (We all have a list, right?)

  79. Crystal says:

    This will make a great travel bag for our grandchildren who are heading off on a 22 hour driving trip next week! Thanks for sharing.

  80. Rebecca says:

    great idea. cute applique.

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