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Vegetable Bags Tutorial

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well sort of. . .

I’m trying to post more projects now that I have the time (and the site!) to do so, but am coming to the realization that tutorials are a lot harder than they look to create. For one, my camera is very nice, but very heavy. As in, I can hardly hold it with one hand. I would make Jacob take the pictures for me, but let’s just say DSLRs and him don’t really get along. I’m thinking about trying to use a tripod, but for now you just get weirdo left hand pretending to do the things that the right hand would be doing if it weren’t holding the camera.

Anyway, back to the craft project. Jacob and I have longtime been tote bag converts for grocery shopping. I like them because they’re environmentally friendly, and he,self-admittedly, likes them because they just hold more stuff than tiny plastic bags. We rarely need more than 2 or 3 tote bags for a weeks worth of groceries that would probably fill 8 to 10 plastic ones. We are however, still guilty of using tons of those plastic vegetable bags in the produce section. I saw a tutorial online somewhere for mesh vegetable bags months ago and finally got around to making a few last week.

Supplies needed:

  • mesh bags (I got two huge laundry ones from the Dollar Tree) $2
  • scraps of fabric  (free-already had)
  • ribbon or cord for drawstring closure (free-already had)

Total cost=$2 for 8 bags or .25 a bag

supplies

First, I cut each bag into four squares. I didn’t even measure, just folded it in half, cut it with my rotary cutter and then cut the two pieces in half again. Next, I sewed the cut side of the mesh bags, leaving the bottom and top uncut.

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Then I took my scrap fabric and cut it into rectangles. Just measure how wide the bags will be and how tall you want the bottom fabric part of the bags to be. I ended up making mine about 13 inches wide by about 7 inches tall-no clue where those number came from I just guessed as I went along.

(Aren’t I a great teacher? No measurements, just guesses)

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I folded the rectangle scraps in half length-wise and hemmed the short ends with a french seam.

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After that, I basically pinned the fabric rectangle to the mesh and sewed along the bottom edge. Don’t be like me and pin the fabric to the mesh inside out. Then you’ll have to spend thirty minutes with your seam ripper, cursing yourself for using narrow double stitches.
seam ripper
Two of the bags from each original bag (from the top part) already had a casing so I just threaded some ribbon through the top and voila- a drawstring! For the others I simply folded the top edge over an inch or so and quickly hemmed it with the machine. Does that make sense?

sewing

Now you’re done! Cute new vegetable bags that took way too long to make!
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Enjoy and never again waste plastic vegetable bags! (or forget to bring them with you the next time you go to the store and still end up bringing home 10 of those damn tiny plastic bags-not that that’s what happened to me or anything)

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