When you buy some veggies at the supermarket/wherever, they handily provide you with some little plastic bags to put them in. These have a life-span of however long it takes you to get home. Bringing your own little, reusable bags with you shopping removes the need for these extra pieces of plastic! You may get some weird looks from the cashier, but do not worry – you have the moral high ground here. You can either make your own (like me) from some old fabric, or you can buy some online. I would recommend avoiding purchasing them from Amazon, as there is currently a boycott happening to protest pay and working conditions.
I bought this cute pink curtain in a charity shop for £2.20. It is made of polyester so it does pose the risk of generating microfibre pollution but I will prevent this by hand-washing the bags when they need it.
First, I folded the bag into rough squares/rectangles that were twice the size of the bag I needed. Then, I chopped it all up.
Next, sewing! First, I made a section for the draw-string to go through. To do this, I simply folded over and sewed the top edge of both sides of the bag – leaving enough space for a ribbon to pass through easily.
3. French Seams
Then, I pinned the bags all around the edge. I did french seams to make them stronger. To do this, I pinned the bag with the right-sides out (rather than inside out), then sewed all around the edge. After this, I trimmed off the excess fabric around the seam and turned the bag inside-out. The seams were then sewn again. This gives invisible and very strong seams!
The last step is to thread the ribbon through the bag. It’s good to use a paperclip or something to attach it to, otherwise it will take you a long time (from experience)! Tie the two ends together to prevent it coming undone and you’re good to go!
I love my (produce) bags but haven’t really had a chance to use them much – yet! If you don’t fancy making these type of bags, you could try making one like this.
If you have made your own bags or have anything to add, you know what to do!
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