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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 living 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.

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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

The material you will need to make reusable bags:

Note that it exist different kinds of tulle fabric, choose the strongest one. Thin tulle is not robust enough to make bags for fruits and vegetables. Another great option is to use mesh fabric

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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 corners 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 bag’s 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 side with 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 a black rope, the big bags have a 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

 

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How to sew reusable fabric bags

How to sew reusable fabric bags

 

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suzieseaton

Sunday 12th of January 2020

I really like this idea of recycling reusable produce bags. I went steps further by making several bags doubling the tulle sewing double fold bias binding along the seams and using 1/4" grosgrain ribbon to match. I then went another step further by sewing a piece of (scrap)vegetable print fabric to the bottom or top to show what vegetables. Works great and the bags seem to be slightly stronger. I have bought mesh fabric that is washable and plan to make more reusable vegetable bags. Thanks for the great idea. I already use cloth reusable grocery bags. Love it.

amaryllis

Monday 13th of January 2020

Hello Suzie, I like your idea of using bias to make the double fold and to use scrap fabric for the bottom. I'm sure you have the prettiest veggies bags :)

Andrea

Saturday 28th of December 2019

Thank you for sharing, I love it😍! Ansrea🌳

Kathy fisk

Friday 20th of December 2019

Great idea, thanks. I already use shopping bags but just hadn't thought about making the bags for produce. Well done πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Irene

Sunday 1st of December 2019

this is a good ideas and I appreciate it

Leware

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thank you for writing the instructions in 2 languages!!! I can hardly wait to find the strong tulle so I can make the reusable veggie and fruit bags. I am excited to peruse your site for more great patterns. Thanks again.