I love using reusable grocery bags. I like making them too. I've tried a bunch of different patterns. They are mostly the same - some include front pockets. Some have you attach your straps on the outside, some on the inside. I think the pattern I like the most so far comes from the Sew Mama Sew website. It's easy to follow and you can whip one up in a night of sewing (or even two - really - they are that fast to do).
I'm going to make some and bring them down to NJ. My mother says the local grocery store by her gives her a nickel off her order for each reusable bag she uses. That's exactly five cents more than I get.
The fabric I used came from my yard sale booty. I have some large pieces of fabric, some smaller pieces, and have been trying to figure out what to do, aside from letting Lucy make 'tooth fairy bags' for all her friends. This seems perfect for the larger pieces. The smaller ones just don't make big enough bags. I'm thinking maybe they can be pockets on bags. Or perhaps pockets on something else.
And, as you can see from the above photo, I have easily placed three boxes of cereal into my bag with room for at least one if not two more boxes. Who knew that this orangey-yellow color was so popular for cereal boxes? Not I - until these were in the bag.