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.
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.
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!