You're lean and green - you've cut those plastic grocery totes out of your life. But sometimes - the reusable bags aren't quite ... right.

This instructable will walk you through one way to custom outfit your shopping bag to contain your consumables. You can keep your bags balanced and contents stable when picking up a favorite treat at the store and and reuse smaller plastic bags a bit more easily.

Step 1: Gather supplies and tools

First, gather the items you'll need to customize your shopper's bag. You'll need:

- a bag to customize, either one you've made or purchased
- a small piece of cloth, large enough to wrap loosely around a wine bottle with an extra inch for hemming -- it helps if the fabric has some stretch
- needle, thread, scissors
- a wine bottle
Where I am, they charge you 5 cents for each plastic bag & get nothing to use your own!
You know how some stores give you 5 cents for each time you use their reusable bags? Can you just get 5 cents back from bringing your own bag even if it's paper?
I get a 3 cent credit per each bag I bring in to use or reuse. If you're getting 5, that's premium!
Thats a good question; i would imagine so since its still a bag and your not using their which is in the end saving them money. But then again every store has a different policy; I know none of the stores where i live give any perks for using your own bag (I do it anyway)... lol. ~Ashley
when i lived near Washington D.C. my mom used to get three cents for bringing her own bag to the commecary and that was about 12 years ago when not everyone was obsessed with the "Green" movement.
Neat idea! I might have to try this with one of my bags. One modification I've done already is to glue down the plastic piece that keeps the bottom of the bag (relatively) flat.

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