Fully Lined MarketPlace Bag

The Market Place Bag OnceUponaSewingMachine

***You can fine the popular envelope bottom tutorial used in this bag’s construction HERE***


Pin-tucking, Smocking, or pleating was the challenge laid out by Ricochet and Away. We were intrigued. We both like to pleat, neither of us love pin-tucking, and it turns out neither of us had really smocked.

We decided to create a lined market bag, and use some of our fab fold skills with accent pockets. Here is how it went!

The Market Place Bag OnceUponaSewingMachine

Fill it up with groceries!

The Market Place Bag OnceUponaSewingMachine

 The Pockets

The Market Place Bag OnceUponaSewingMachineSince we both feel comfortable with pleats, we wanted to try our hand at something a little different. The inside pocket is an inverted pleat pocket. A great place to stash your list or coupons. I swear my coupons have a way of disappearing, having a home will help.

This pocket is attached to the lining. We’ve lined the bag in an embossed waterproof fabric. We found this on a large roll back with the table cloth materials.

The Market Place Bag OnceUponaSewingMachine We (and by we I mean Donna) smocked this pocket on the machine through a series of gathering and decorative embroidery stitching. In researching we discovered there are TONS of variations on smocking. Much of it is done by hand.

The Market Place Bag OnceUponaSewingMachineAre you ready to hit the Grocery store? Stayed tuned for tutorials on this style smocked pocket, and inverted pleat pocket, and creating and envelope bottom for a bag.

Find the Envelope Bottom Tutorial HERE

The Smocked Pocket and Pleated Pocket Tutorial HERE

The Market Place Bag OnceUponaSewingMachine

Happy Sewing,

Rachel and Donna

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  • Pam September 29, 2012, 6:21 pm

    Now that’s a great bag to go shopping with! Looks a good size. The smocked pocket looks so pretty. Great job!!!

    • onceuponasewingmachine September 29, 2012, 9:53 pm

      Thanks! I was more intimidated by smocking instruction than I thought I would be- thank goodness for Donna!

  • Sharon Bea September 29, 2012, 8:33 pm

    Love this, great idea!

    • onceuponasewingmachine September 29, 2012, 9:52 pm

      Thank you! Excited to use it!

  • Patty September 30, 2012, 2:11 am

    I love it!!! The clip for keys is awesome!! Something I need on every bag haha

    • onceuponasewingmachine September 30, 2012, 10:18 am

      I always have that panicked WHERE ARE THE KEYS! moment when I leave stores!

  • Rikka@Ricochet and Away! September 30, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Yay! Fab pockets, fab tote, fab fabrics!!!! Thanks so much for participating in my challenge. You gals were a wonderful addition to our group. I’m creating a feature/voting page right now and will post tomorrow. November’s challenge will be announced in a couple weeks–hope you’ll consider coming back!

    • onceuponasewingmachine September 30, 2012, 9:12 pm

      We had a fun time. We’ll be checking out November for certain!

  • Marisa October 1, 2012, 12:14 pm

    In my opinion your bag, is the most beautiful bag that can exist, to go shopping.
    I like the design and I also like the color . You have done a wonderful project. I really love it, Bravo to both of you !!!! Marisa.
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    • onceuponasewingmachine October 1, 2012, 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Liz October 1, 2012, 2:53 pm

    You did a FAB job! Every shopping detail is here! 🙂 Too Cute!

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    • onceuponasewingmachine October 1, 2012, 5:32 pm

      Who knew there were so many things to remember when shopping!

  • Jill October 3, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Gorgeous bag! Love the fabric and all the details!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
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    • onceuponasewingmachine October 3, 2012, 6:15 pm

      Thank you! Hope you have a great week too!

  • Kate October 5, 2012, 7:51 am

    That is a gorgeous bag!!!!

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 5, 2012, 7:57 am

      Thank you! We’re excited to shop in style!

  • Kathryn Griffin October 6, 2012, 1:17 pm

    That is so cue! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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    • onceuponasewingmachine October 6, 2012, 1:25 pm

      We’ll see you next week!

  • Rebecca Owen October 7, 2012, 12:01 pm

    i love the smocked pocket! i want to learn how to make those. we have a plastic bag ban here in Hawaii, so we bring our own shopping bags to stores. i’m always on the lookout for cute ones!
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    • onceuponasewingmachine October 7, 2012, 1:38 pm

      Wow I didn’t know that about Hawaii, good for them. Even if it is a little more work to remember the bag it’s worth it! We’ll be posting a tutorial on the smocked pocket soon!

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