After a trip to the Farmer’s Market this past weekend I decided that it was time to have some cloth, reusable bags to be used in my shopping endeavors. I needed something to carry loose produce (such as green beans, mushrooms, or even leaf lettuce) home in, as well as aid me in bulk purchases, if needed. I’ve come across a lot of great looking produce/bulk bags in my search such as these and these but since my goal this year is to only buy new when necessary, I couldn’t justify it since I had the materials right in my very own home to do it myself. With one pillow case I was able to create two produce bags that I can take with me on my shopping trips whether it be to the grocery store or farmer’s market.
You do not need to be a pro (see my sew job for proof) or require a sewing machine to make these bags yourself. All you need is an old pillow case, some sort of string (twine, shoelace, thin rope), scissors, needle and thread!
Step 1: Cut along the fold lines starting at the bottom of your pillow case. If yours doesn’t have any, simply cut to create the bag size you want.
Step 2: Flip your bag inside out before sewing the other side shut! I made this mistake when sewing a bag while I was docu-binging the other night, and now the inside seam is on the outside…oh well! Gives it character.
Once you flip it inside out stitch the open side of your bag up to about an inch and half from the top.
Step 3: Fold over the top part of your bag, positioning the cord/string underneath.
Step 4: Stitch closed the top part all the way around, making sure not to stitch too close to the string (about half an inch or so from the top).
Step 5: Tie your strings into a knot and stitch down the loose fabric at the end to reinforce the drawstring opening, again taking care not to stitch too close to the strings.
Turn your bag right side out and voila!
Repeat the process to create your second bag and in barely any time at all, you’re ready to go! You could use the remaining pillow case to make two more bags but I cut up mine to be used as cleaning rags because I didn’t want the decorative seam as part of my bag.
I can’t wait to take them for their first run to the grocery store today. Do you have a reusable cloth bag that you use in lieu of plastic produce bags and really like?