How to sew reusable fabric bags for fruits and vegetables

How to sew reusable fabric bags

A few months ago our city decide to ban plastic bags from all the stores. No shop is allowed to give plastic bags to carry your purchases anymore. It’s a very good thing, and a little step to live in a more sustainable way! So, we took the habit of carrying tote bags to the grocery store and I also always have a small tote bag in my purse in case of last minute buy.

However, they still give plastic bags to put your fruits and vegetables. It will be a good thing to stop using them too, they can be replaced by paper bags but it will still contaminate to produce them. A better option is to replace disposable products for reusable ones. The reusable bags are quite fast to make, you can use them week after week, and wash them if necessary.

Think about it: How many plastic bags do you use each week when you go to the grocery store? … It’s very easy to replace them with reusable bags. Make the count of how many plastic bags you can save each year! … it’s a good start to contaminate less!

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Hace unos meses nuestra ciudad decidio prohibir las bolsas de plástico en todas las tiendas. Ningun comercio está autorizado a entregar bolsas de plástico para tus compras. ¡Es algo muy bueno, y un pequeño paso para vivir de una manera más sostenible! Entonces, tomamos el hábito de llevar nuestras bolsas reutilizables al super y también siempre tengo una pequeña bolsa de tela en mi bolso en caso de una compra de último momento.

Sin embargo, todavía dan bolsas de plástico para poner las frutas y verduras. También seriá bueno dejar de usarlas, podrian ser reemplazadas por bolsas de papel, pero aún así contaminarán su producción. Una mejor opción es utilizar bolsas de tela reutilizables. Son muy rápidas de hacer, puede usarlas semana tras semana y lavarlas si es necesario.

Piensalo ¿Cuántas bolsas de plástico usas cada semana cuando vas al supermercado? … Es muy fácil reemplazarlas con bolsas reutilizables. Haz un recuento de cuántas bolsas de plástico puedes ahorrar cada año!… ¡es un buen comienzo para contaminar menos!

How to sew reusable fabric bags

How to sew reusable fabric bags for fruits and vegetables

Material you will need to make reusable bags:

  • Strong tulle fabric
  • White thread
  • A sewing machine
  • A few yard of color rope

Note that it exist different kind of tulle fabric, choose the strongest one. The fine tulle is not strong enough to make bags for fruits and vegetables.

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Material que necesitarás para hacer bolsas reutilizables:

  • Tela de tul fuerte
  • hilo blanco
  • una máquina de coser
  • Unos cuantos metros de cuerda de varios colores.

Ten en cuenta que existen diferentes tipos de telas de tul, y elijes la más fuerte. El tul fino no es lo suficientemente fuerte como para hacer bolsas para frutas y verduras.

Cut two rectangles of 16 x 12 inches. Use a circle shape to rounded the two lower corner of each fabric rectangle. The dimensions I give your are to make the biggest bags. As a family of five, it’s the size we use the most. I also made a few smaller ones, for garlic or lemons, using rectangles of 8 x 12 inches. Fell free yo adapt the bags dimensions to fit your grocery shopping needs.

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Cortas dos rectángulos de 40 x 30 cm. Usa una forma de círculo (como una tapa) para redondear las dos esquinas inferiores de cada rectángulo de tela. Las dimensiones que te doy son para hacer las bolsas más grandes. Somos una familia de cinco, es el tamaño que más utilizamos. También hice algunas más pequeñas, para ajo o limones, utilizando rectángulos de 20 x 30 cm. Puedes adaptar las dimensiones de las bolsas para tus necesidades de compras.

How to sew reusable fabric bags

Place the two rectangles on top of each other and sew along the edges using a small zigzag point. Leave 2 inches unsewn on each side on the upper part of the bag, next to the opening.

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Coloque los dos rectángulos uno encima del otro y cosa a lo largo de los bordes con un punto de zigzag pequeño. Deje 5cm sin coser de cada lado en la parte superior de la bolsa, al lado de la abertura de la bolsa.

How to sew reusable fabric bags

Take bag opening, and fold the fabric in the continuation of the seam you just made. Make a few zigzag stitches to hold each fold. Repeat on the other side.

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Tomas la abertura de la bolsa y doblas la tela en la continuación de la costura que acabas de hacer. Haz unos cuantos puntos en zigzag para sujetar cada pliegue. Repita en el otro lado.

How to sew reusable fabric bags

Take the fabric along the opening and make a 1 in. fold all along. Sew with small zigzag stitches along the fabric edge. Repeat on the other side of the bag.

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Haz un pliegue de 2cm a lo largo de la abertura y  cosa con pequeños puntos en zigzag cerca del borde de la tela. Repita con el otro lado de la bolsa.

How to sew reusable fabric bags

Cut two pieces of 25 inches of rope. Pass the rope through the slide, you can help yourself with a safety pin. The rope should go around the bag, then tie the two ends together with a knot. Pass the second piece of rope through the slides and make a knot on the opposite side.

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Cortas dos pedazos de 65cm de cuerda. Pasas la cuerda por las correderas, puedes ayudarte con un pasador de seguridad. La cuerda debe rodear la bolsa, luego atas los dos extremos juntos con un nudo. Pase la segunda pieza de cuerda a través de las correderas y haz un nudo en el lado opuesto.

How to sew reusable fabric bags

And done! Once your bag is filled with vegetables, pull the ropes on each side and it closes. No risk of seeing apples scattered in your cart or rolling around in the trunk. As the bag is made with tulle fabric, it’s easy for the cashier to identify the fruits or vegetables that are inside.

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¡Y listo! Una vez que tu bolsa esté llena de vegetales, jala las cuerdas de cada lado y se cerrará. No hay riesgo de ver manzanas dispersas en tu carrito o rodando en la cajuela del coche. Como la bolsa está hecha con tela de tul, es fácil para el cajero identificar las frutas o verduras que estan dentro.

How to sew reusable fabric bags

A little extra tip: at first I choose different rope colors just for fun, but while I was making the bags I find a purpose of them, you can associate a rope color with a bag size. So, once you are in the grocery store, it will be super easy to pick the right bag size for the thing you want to buy. My small bags have black rope, the big bags have multicolored rope (they were the first ones I made) and I will make a few extra medium size bags with green rope!

Ready to go to the grocery store with reusable product bags and some DIY tote bag, I won’t use any plastic.

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Una idea adicional: al principio, elije diferentes colores de cuerda solo por gusto, pero mientras estaba haciendo las bolsas encontre un propósito a los colores, puedes asociar un color de cuerda con un tamaño de bolsa. Por lo tanto, una vez que estés en el super, será muy fácil elegir el tamaño correcto de bolsa para lo que quieres comprar. Mis bolsas pequeñas tienen una cuerda negra, las grandes tienen cuerdas coloridas (fueron los primeros que hice ) y haré unas bolsas extra de tamaño mediano con una cuerda verde.

How to sew reusable fabric bags

 

How to sew reusable fabric bags

How to sew reusable fabric bags

 

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17 Comments

  1. Lori Smanski
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    Thank you for sharing how to make these. So simple. I am using cloth bags and would love to make these for my vegetables and fruits

    • amaryllis
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      Hello Lori, I’m glad you like it! They are so practicals. I still need to make a few more, 5 bags are not enough for our family! Have fun sewing.

  2. Annie
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    Thank you very much for this bag tutorial. Extremely simple but the color code idea is very helpful! These are projects you can do in just a few minutes, and would be a great to add to a shower gift, too!

    • amaryllis
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      Thanks Annie! You are right these bags are so easy to make and very useful. I use mine every week and they are still impecables!

  3. Diane
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    This is a great idea! I was thinking of doing this but I wonder if you could reuse the net bags the onions come in?

    • amaryllis
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      Hello Diana, using onion net bags is a great idea. So you will just have to sew a fold to slide the rope in. Much faster. Let me know how it turns out if you decide to give a try 😉

    • Michele T
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      That is a really good idea!

  4. Brenda Webster
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    my fabric store cannot sell me any fabrics for this project as they say the do not carry any food grade mesh fabrics! Thoughts ?

    • amaryllis
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      Hi Brenda, Donna suggest netting fabric…can you find that? The tulle I used is just regular fabric (I don’t think it’s food grade) I washed the bags, and I always wash the vegetables and fruits before we eat them, so I admit I wasn’t very worried about the fabric! Good concern anyway.

  5. Donna F
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    I am just find your blog. Instead of using Tulle, I will be trying netting sold by “byAnne”, which independent fabric/quilt shops have, and other netting sold at JoAnn’s. I am thinking it will hold better than Tulle.

    • amaryllis
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      Hello Donna, Thanks for the tip. The netting fabric you suggest seems to be a great option too. I’m not sure I can find it here (I’m in Mexico) I can tell you the tulle hold very good. I made the produce bags 4 months ago and use them every week, there are in perfect condition! I would love to see your bags once you finished them, have fun sewing!

  6. Jackie Mignault
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    Best idea ever! Love how you have laid out the instructions – so easy to follow!

    • amaryllis
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      Thanks Jackie! 🙂

  7. Katie
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    Thank you! I was just thinking of buying some, but I would rather make them. Yay!

    • amaryllis
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      My first intention was also buying some…but the only ones I could found were quite expensive! Sewing them was a better option, very simple and money saving! Have fun sewing Katie!

  8. Debbie
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    Be even more eco-friendly and make these bags from old net curtains…

    • amaryllis
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      Hello Debbie, your are right. Recycling fabric to make them is even better.