This is my first tutorial in a while! I made one of these reusable produce bags today, and loved the outcome so much that I just had to share. Super-easy, inexpensive, green, and handy if you hate those flimsy plastic produce bags from the grocery store as much as I do!
Supplies you will need:
-Cotton fabric (you just need a little tiny bit–less than 1/4 yard will probably do! Pull out the scrap basket!)
-Mesh produce bag from the grocery store (I used a softer mesh bag, but you could probably use the stiffer plastic ones too) (Mine came from Trader Joe’s)
-Something for a drawstring (I used baling twine, but you could use yarn, hemp, or a sewn strap of your own)
Step 4: Using a straight stitch and starting from a bottom corner, at the folded edge, stitch up the side of your hem tape. Next, using a zig-zag stitch, stitch across the length of the tape. Switch back to a straight stitch to stitch down the other side. If you want, you can do another row of zig-zag across the bottom of the tape, near the folded edge. I did this, just to give it some extra strength.
Step 5: Measure across the top of your bag. 🙂
Step 6: Double that measurement, and cut out a piece of cotton that double measurement x 2″ (mine was 14″ x 2″). Make hem tape just like you did for the bottom of the bag, but this time stitch over the ends once they are folded over.
Ok, back to the tutorial. 🙂 Here’s what your bag should look like at this point:
Step 8: Sew tape to top of bag. Be sure to backstitch at the ends! I used a zig-zag stitch. Now you have created a channel for your drawstring to go through. Hopefully yours will turn out a little more even than mine did…
Step 9: Prepare your drawstring! We have SO MUCH baling twine that it is practically coming out our ears, so I figured I would put it to use. You want your drawstring to be 25″-30″ long. I tied a knot at each end. 🙂
Last step: Using a safety pin, guide your drawstring through the tape at the top of your bag. Ta-Da!!!
You now have a beautiful, cheap, eco-friendly produce bag! Enjoy!