It absolutely kills me using so many produce bags when grocery shopping. I always try to cram as many fruits and veggies in one bag, much to the dismay of the person who has to ring me up and the people behind me in line. So I figure, why not just make my own and bring them with my reusable grocery bags when I head to the market.
I love them so far. Because I don’t put the produce bags in the fridge, I end up prepping my veggies the day I bring them home, and they are less likely to go bad, as they are more visible. You can make the pulls with nylon, or even shoelaces, I just happened to have this adorable fabric ribbon, a gift from my even more adorable friend, Jane, so it worked out nicely.
These bags are super easy to make and they are great for the environment, keeping plastic out of landfills that could take anywhere from 20 to 1,000 years to degrade. You can read more about our plastic bag problem here, If you aren’t very crafty, but still want to keep plastic out of landfills, you can find a similar bag here.
What you’ll need:
1 yard of mesh fabric ($2.99 at Joann’s such a great deal!)
4 yards of nylon cording or ribbon
1. Cut yard of fabric into four equal pieces
2. Fold top inch down and hem
3. Fold Mesh in half with hem at top, rough edge out. Sew along side and bottom, careful to not sew over the hem opening at the top. I’d hem twice to reinforce the bag
4. Turn bag inside out and thread cord or ribbon through top hem
You can wash on delicate when these get too dirty, One yard should make four bags.