I meant to post this on Monday for Earth Day, but life happens, right? (Besides, every day is a good day to become better caretakers of this precious earth we enjoy!)
Most of us by now have a decent stash of cloth grocery bags for packing up our groceries at the check-out, but still rely on the plastic produce bags for small fruits and veggies.
These easy homemade reusable produce bags are a simple way to reduce the amount of trash your family generates. I made 8 bags in less than an hour using 4 dollars worth of fabric, and have been using them steadily since last summer!
I purchased 1 metre (a little more than a yard) of sheer fabric. Sheer curtain fabric is often much wider than ordinary fabric, so 1 metre was more than enough to make 8 produce bags. You could also recycle an old set of sheer curtains for this project!
Step one: Cut a square of sheer fabric that is approximately 22 by 16 inches.
Step 2: Fold one edge in and stitch to make a casing for the drawstring.
Step 3: Fold in half and stitch the side and bottom closed. Be careful to stitch only up to the bottom of the casing you just made. You want to be able to get your drawstring in later!
Step 4: Zig-zag stitch around the bottom and side that you just sewed to prevent fraying.
Step 5: Turn the bag right-side-out and use a safety pin to push a piece of ribbon or string (I used scrap pieces of bias tape) through the casing and tie the ends together.
Done! Wasn't that easy? Now for the hard part: remembering to take them with you in to the grocery store!
Frequently asked Questions:
Can I wash my Reusable Produce Bags? I occasionally wash mine and they have held up fine.
Will cashiers and other customers give me strange looks for bringing my own produce bags? Maybe. I've personally never received any negative comments, although a few people have made positive remarks about them! (And a few people have even told me that I have inspired them to make some of their own!)
What if I really really really cannot sew? Well, this would be a great simple project to learn on, but if you really aren't up to the challenge you can buy reusable produce bags from amazon or etsy. (But really, you can do it...I believe in you!)
Thanks so much for visiting The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking. Please consider following me on twitter, liking me on facebook, or signing up for my RSS feed.