I purchased cloth shopping bags many years ago. They get used (and washed) regularly. Many of them are starting to wear out. Now I am more comfortable sewing so I decided to make my own bags. I purchased a piece of fabric at a yard sale for $2 at most.
While I am more comfortable using my sewing machine, I am far from good. I tend to be quite slow the first time I make something. For the first bag I used an online tutorial. The bag is very nice and sturdy although a bit small. It will definitely be useful. The straps extend the length of the bag.
For the second bag I made my own pattern. I used one of my current cloth shopping bags as a guide. The second bag is larger although not quite as sturdy. It will still hold more groceries than a plastic bag.
I have cut out pieces to make two more bags slightly smaller than the second. I am going to use two coordinating fabrics that I bought for 75 cents total. I hope over the next few months to make enough to replace all of the worn out shopping bags. Plus I think the bright fabrics are so much more fun!