Not so long afterward I found this tutorial. Off I trotted to a nearby grocery store where I purchased a pack of four tea towels for $3. I washed and ironed them, squared them up on my ironing board and took their measurements. They were about an inch smaller than the tutorial guidelines so I decided to just wing it, using the tutorial for the sewing up but not the dimensions. I made four bags ~ three for regular loaves or buns, each made from one towel folded in half cross-wise, and one folded in half length-wise for a large French loaf. I used the overcast stitch on my sewing machine (I am still afraid of my serger) and rounded the bottom corners so it will be easier to shake out the crumbs. I used the cut-off hems of the towels for the ribbons/ties.
I hope she likes them. And my bill for