If you've got a stack of old tees or dish towels, then use them for making cute and easy DIY produce bags that replace plastic ones from the grocery store. Along with being eco-friendly, these simple bags can be tossed in the wash and used over and over again. Use t-shirt bags for delicate goodies and the dish-towel bags for heavier items. Even if you don't have a sewing machine, these fun carriers come together in no time.
Read on for the directions.
What You'll Need:
- Dish towel or t-shirt
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
- We took inspiration from this smart idea and put a spin on things by using a dish towel. Fold the towel in half, and cut in the middle to create two rectangles for making produce bags.
- If using a t-shirt, fold in half vertically, and use a pencil to sketch out the shape of the bag — almost like the shape of a bib. Cut along the line, then cut around the ribbing of the neck to create the handles for the produce bag.
- Get out your handy sewing machine, flip the dish towel inside out, and stitch the sides to create the bag. For the t-shirt bag, begin stitching four inches from top of one side, sewing around the curve, and ending four inches from the top of the opposite side. Don't have a sewing machine? Simply stitch together with a needle and thread, which works just as well but takes a bit longer.
- To create the slits for the produce bag, place a ruler six inches from the top of the bag, and place it horizontally over the fabric. Use a pencil to mark every other inch, and then position the ruler a half-inch below the first lines. Now mark every other inch opposite from the first line. Continue marking through the bottom of the bag. Use sharp scissors to snip the openings.
- To create the handle for the hand-towel produce bag, cut a three- to four-inch slit two inches from the top edge. Your finished produce bags are ready to go shopping!