The title over an image of fruit an veg in reusable produce bags

DIY Produce Bags

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.


Me draped in a pink sheer curtain in the garden

fotoshoot

I bought this cute pink curtain in a charity shop for Β£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.


1. Cutting

Me using fabric scissors to cut a sheer pink fabric into squares

I have scissors. I’m so good with these scissors, it’s unbelievable.

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.


2. Draw-string

The top of the fabric folded and pinned, ready to be sewed. With an apple-shaped pin cushion.

wow…amazing…beautiful

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

Me using a sewing machine to sew some french seams on sheer pink fabric

i didn’t ruin them!

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!


4. Ribbon

A blue ribbon through the draw string hole, tied in a knot to prevent it from moving.

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!


Some peppers, courgettes, and carrots in two of my home-made produce bags.

fruity

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!

Jessica xx

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20 thoughts on “DIY Produce Bags

  1. Anonymous says:

    you could even make shopping bags with this stuff….strong, light, washable, foldable, reusable, cheap and easy to make. just attach handles rather than ribbon. You could make a small pouch as above to fold and store them nicely and put in your handbagor pocket ready for use and save yourself a 10p charge

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