Reusable Fabric Bags

Last summer when we chose to stop using as much one-use-plastic, I made about twenty fabric reusable bags, and ten produce bags out of muslin. A cat that we adopted peed on half of them, before permanently running away. Wild little man. And so I find myself needing to make more. Instead of buying muslin again, I’m using random fabric that my mother kindly mailed me.

After trying a few, here are my favorite free patterns for this project:
Produce Bag: Daisy Jane
Shopping Bag: Morsbags (click on “Make One)”

The photo below is of three bags I started last year, and finally had a moment to finish this weekend. Note how the bottoms are sewn to sit flat, and also the handles are reinforced with a box shape of stitching, I believe instructions for both are in the main instructions above.

This weekend I also had time to make six new large produce bags, and six small ones (using the produce bag pattern, with less fabric). I made them out of some mint green lightweight knit that I hope holds steady, we’ll see. I didn’t put the handles on these because I plan to use them for the bulk section, and I need to use the twist ties to write the bulk number on them, and to contain them better than handles would do.

As for the embroidery patterns, I spent two hours one day perusing google images for fun “green” messages and ideas. I wish now that I had kept links to everything, but I didn’t, so keep in mind that I own NOTHING in the below file, I traced some of these images into simple patterns for my reusable bags, and I hope the owners don’t mind.

Embroidery Patterns for Reusable Bags

I’ll continue making more of these bags as I have a spare moment, I hope you also find them fun and easy to make!

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  1. creative pixie

     /  September 17, 2013

    Here in Northern Ireland you don’t get plastic bags for free now in a shop. You have to pay 5p if you want one. I now realise how many plastic bags I used in the past so I’m trying to be good and remember to take a fabric bag with me.

    • woodlandrealm10

       /  September 17, 2013

      We have a plastic bag ban here in Portland Oregon, but since I live just outside the city boundaries I still use plastic sometime, eek! So I’m trying to be good, I just have to make time to sew up more bags, I hope you can too!

  2. Good to hear the message about the green bags are spreading. Plastic bags are so detrimental to marine life. And unnecessary for the most part. I will reblog this.

    • woodlandrealm10

       /  September 18, 2013

      Yes, I was shocked when I watched Bag It, a documentary about what plastic is causing in our world. Besides trying to use less plastic at home, I’m also on a crusade to compel the 20 or so people in my office to use less plastic too, it helps that I do all the supply ordering. :D

  3. Reblogged this on Something to Ponder About and commented:
    Have you got your green bag yet? Something to ponder about.

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