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Tutorial: Reusable produce bags


Here’s a project I’ve been meaning to do for ages. I think I was putting it off because it was so simple that it somehow kept getting p pushed aside by other (perhaps more exciting?) projects. Anyway, today I thought “aw c’mon already, I’m just gonna do this.” And I did!

Reusable produce bags! Say goodbye to excess plastic and/or putting your loose and annoyingly spherical produce on the gross conveyor belt.

Here’s how I made them. (This is really so easy that it barely requires an explanation…)

Step 1. Cut out a rectangle of mesh or tulle. Note: Thinking of ironing out the wrinkles? Don’t go there.

Step 2. Fold the rectangle in half and serge (or sew) the bottom and/or side seams so you have a single opening at the top of your bag. Turn it right-side out.

Step 3. Fold the top edge inward and sew it down to form a casing for the string/cord. (But wait!  See the next photo first…)

Make sure to leave a small gap somewhere along the way (I suggest the side seam) where you can insert the string/cord.

Step 4. Cut a piece of string/cord (I suggest something lightweight) that is just a couple inches longer than twice the width of your bag. Feed it through the casing using a safety pin. Knotting the string is a good idea if it’s splitty.

Step 5. When you get both ends out, tie them together in a knot somewhere near the end.

Your bag should look something like this now.

When cinched, it should look like this!

Step 6. Insert produce and admire  your handiwork.

I made a couple more bags out of white tulle that I had leftover from making a friend a novelty veil for her bachelorette party.

Ta da!

No word yet on how durable these puppies are. I will provide an update in the future once I’ve used them a few times.

13 thoughts on “Tutorial: Reusable produce bags

  1. Nice!

    (I need the tutorial)

  2. neat!! that would make such a great christmas present (HINT HINT XOXO)

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  4. Where did you get the mesh material for this?!

  5. How durable are these? Mesh or tulle better then the other?

    • To be honest, ours have not gotten a ton of use and have gone missing so I’m not sure what to recommend. I think the tulle was a bit stronger feeling, though. I would recommend extra/reinforced stitches to ensure its sewn together well for the drawstring part, though (because the drawstring tends to bear weight and pull at the fabric).

      • Thank you for getting back to me! I thought the tulle would be better. I will be sure to reinforce. Thanks so much!

  6. How well did these hold up?

  7. I am sewing some of these for friends and family. I’ve also sold quite a few. I don’t have a serger. Any recommendation at to what type of thread is best to use? I’m having a hard time keeping the tulle from gathering along the seams which means it’s taking twice as long. Any helpful hints? I’ve sewn the seam using paper to stabilize, but is that the best way? Thank you.

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