The only downside to buying fruit and vegetables daily at the grocery store is the single-use plastic bags that come with it. This Reusable Bag DIY is the best way to get rid of those plastic bags. Really, any type of fine cotton fabric would work, but a transparent fabric will allow you to see what’s inside. Let’s start!
- Fabric – if you use a transparent fabric you can see the fruits and vegetables inside
- Chain or lanyard
Cut your fabric – you will need two rectangles measuring 40cm x 30cm for the reusable bags.
Make a 5cm mark down from the top corner on both sides of the pieces of fabric.
Make a 0.5cm hem on the top of each side by folding the fabric inward and pressing – the hem needs to go down as well as the mark made in the previous step. If you’re using a slider sheer fabric for reusable bags like us, you’ll probably need to put a pin in before sewing so it doesn’t unfold. Stitch close to the edge of the hem, about 5cm from the top edge.
Make a hem on the top of both pieces of fabric by folding the edge 0.5cm inward and pressing.
Then create the channel for the lace by folding the top edges of the fabric. Put a pin near the edge to hold the edges together and to secure, stitching at the beginning and end of the seam.
We are going to use French sewing for this project so that the edges are hidden and cannot be frayed. Start by pulling the inner side of the fabric together and sew along the bottom and side with a 0.5 cm seam allowance.
At the top of the sides, you should stop and secure your stitches with a few topstitches just below the lace channel.
Trim the seams if they turn out to be a bit long and cut the corners without cutting the seam. Flip the bag over and press gently, making sure the seams fit.
It helps to wind the seam between the fingers to align it correctly; You may have to put a pin in the seam to keep it from moving while sewing.
Sew along the bottom and side again, this time with a more flexible seam allowance to ensure the edges are enclosed within the seam. This is easier with the sheer fabric as you can see the seam allowance from the previous step and make sure you are inside it. Again, it stops and recedes just below the chord channel.
Turn the bag right side out. Pass the cord through the channel – you can put a small safety pin or rope on a piece of thread and use a blunt needle to help you pass.
Cut the rope to the desired length – don’t forget to tie the ends together to prevent fraying. If you wish, you can put another size of string to pass it on the other side and help you close the bag.