How to Sew Insulated Grocery Totes the Easy Way

Sew an Insulated Grocery Tote - A Free Sewing Tutorial from Jen Eskridge

See how you can sew this lovely insulated grocery tote bag with Jen Eskridges free step-by-step sewing tutorial.  This insulated basic tote bag measures 19″ x 16″ x 7″ finished.  I thought that using the reflective car shade as the insulating liner was quite clever. Oilcloth or laminated cotton would also be ideal exterior fabric to make these grocery bags.

Suggested Sewing Supplies:

  • 1 yard decorator weight fabric, 54″ wide (the fabric used in Jen’s photo sample is from Ikea)
  • 1 reflective car shade
  • 1-1/2 yard of cording @ 1″ wide
  • 2 pieces grosgrain ribbon 3/8″ wide x 10″ long
  • 22″ long plastic, non-separating zipper
  • 2 large safety pins
  • your turning tool


oilcloth laminated fabric


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