Yesterday I mentioned that my newest earth-loving habit is using cloth produce bags at the grocery store. All the wasted plastic was bringing me down, so I’ve started using these cloth bags.
One of the bags is a tiny pillowcase that I no longer needed. The others are antique flour, sugar, and grain sacks that I’ve had forever. Like this:
I decided to make a few produce bags to demonstrate how easy (and fun!) it is. The great thing about this project is that even the most beginner sewers can easily whip up a few of these bags in an afternoon. You can also use scrap material that you might not otherwise find a use for.
First, cut two pieces of fabric the same size. You can make them whatever size you’d like for a produce bag. No measuring or patterns required. I cut one out and then used it as a pattern for the other piece. If you’re using a linen towel, you don’t even need to cut it.
Next, make a simple rolled hem on the top of each piece. To make a rolled hem, just fold and iron the edge over. And then fold and iron it again, pinning in place. To finish, just sew a simple straight stitch along the inner edge of the fold.
Once you’ve sewn the top hem on both pieces, pin the two pieces of fabric together, wrong-side-out, aligning the edges.
Then, just sew the three sides together with a simple straight stitch. Trim the threads and iron the inside seams open.
Turn it right side out and give it a once-over with an iron. Voila! All done.
I also made this one with a cute puppy towel and some more antique linen fabric.
I couldn’t help but get a little fancy with this one. I added the border along the bottom with a decorative stitch.
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