A little something I made for myself recently...pillowcase shopping bags. I found the wonderfully clear instructions on Spider Woman Knits, and being in need of some new bags, thought I'd give it a whirl. I had a few vintage pillowcases in my fabric stash, so I dragged them out along with my long-neglected sewing machine and gave it a go. I'm not an accomplished machine-sewist so my bags probably took me 30 minutes, instead of the 15 that it took Spider Woman. Still, that's a pretty small investment.
Each pillowcase is doubled so they're quite sturdy, and the straps are wide so they don't cut into your hand when you're carrying a heavy load. I packed a few milk jugs into mine to see how they'd fare and they held the weight with ease.
I think they'll be great for shopping, for hitting the farmer's market (does it bother anyone else that some of the farm stands hand out plastic bags?), for the beach, or even as a diaper bag. I'd love it if you'd let me know if you make one. Spider Woman even has a Flickr group set up for showing off your bags, here. So give it a try!