In a recent initiative to go green, I have been trying to find ways to be green in my life. One great thing I found is to make reusable grocery bags from empty dog food bags.
They are strong and durable and can last many grocery shopping trips.
Step 1: Supplies
For my dog food grocery bag I used
An empty dog bag
A sewing machine
Step 2: Cut Bag
The best way I have found to start is to cut the bottom and top of the bag.
The feed bags full size are to big to be grocery bags so by cutting the top and bottom I am able to adjust the size to make it ideal for grocery shopping. Plus I will have extra material for making the handles.
Once cut I flip the back inside out
Step 3: Sew
After cutting the ends I then sewed the ends.
At the bottom I sewed the ends together to close it.
After sewing it closed the first time I went over it one more time for added security.
At the top I did a hem so there wouldn't be a raw edge at the top. To do the hem I folded the top over and then did a quick stitch around the perimeter.
Step 4: Handles
I created the handles from some of the extra scraps that I cut earlier.
I cut my large scrap in half giving me two equal pieces.
I then took those pieces and folded into thirds, finally sewing it all together down the middle. The result gave me two great handles.
Step 5: Connect Handles
My final step was to add the handles to the bag.
While the bag was still inside out I measured how long I wanted the handles to be. I had some extra so I started by sewing them onto the top of the bag.
To put handles on a great stitch to use is an X or a Z. To make the stitch I did one line at a time fulling front stitching and back stitching so there are at least 2 layers of thread for each line.
After the handle was sewn on I trimmed the ends to make them flush then flipped the bag right side out again.
Step 6: Finished
Now I have an awesome grocery bag to use at the store. These bags are both unique and quite durable.