The Task: Sew some reusable produce bags.
The Why: Even though I bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store it is still so easy to come home with a lot of extra packaging waste. Using reusable mesh bags for produce will cut down on some of that waste.
I know that it's possible to buy reusable produce bags, but they seemed easy enough to make myself.
The How: I purchase 1 metre (a little more than a yard) of sheer fabric. Sheer curtain fabric is often much wider than ordinary fabric, so 1 metre was more than enough to make 8 produce bags. You could also recycle an old set of sheer curtains for this project!
Step one: Cut a square of fabric that is approximately 22 by 16 inches.
Step 2: Fold one edge in and stitch to make a casing for the drawstring.
Step 3: Fold in half and stitch side and bottom closed. Be careful to stitch only up to the bottom of the casing you just made. You want to be able to get your drawstring in later!
Step 4: Zig-zag stitch around the bottom and side that you just sewed to prevent fraying.
Step 5: Turn the bag right-side-out and use a safety pin to push a piece of ribbon or string (I used scrap pieces of bias tape) through the casing and tie the ends together.
Total time spent: Using a sewing machine, less than an hour to make 8 bags.
Total cost: 4 dollars worth of fabric.
The Verdict: These were super easy to make, and if they save us from using 8 plastic produce bags a week, that's 416 bags a year! If we can inspire 1200 other people to do it, that's half a million bags a year!
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