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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.


Hello, handbag.

I am so stoked about my new bag, everyone.

I made it last night!  I decided to finally get it together and sew a project I’d had on my radar for a while — I even had the fabric purchased and set aside for it (oh random remnant I found, how you were so perfect for this)… but you know how sometimes you get all excited about making something, and you go buy all the stuff, and then you go “I’ll do that real soon, just not right this moment,” and then suddenly 5 months have passed and you’re feeling way less jazzed about your once-brilliant idea?  Yeah. That happened.

But consider me re-jazzed. I used the tutorial from Disney over at Ruffles and Stuff, which was generally pretty wonderful and clear (I love a well-written tutorial). It turned out great!

And it’s lined:

Some of you may remember the lining fabric from my shirred summer skirt, yes?

Forgive the visible sewing blunders!  They’re only on the inside, so I am letting the perfectionism go this time (okay, most times — I’m also too lazy to unpick and try again).

Ta da!

I love it. I can’t wait to use it!