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Reuse-Me Produce Bags

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Fill Me. Empty Me. Reuse Me.

Simple steps to guide you through the construction of a reusable bag perfect for grabbing produce at the market or grocery store.

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Step 1: Set Up

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Materials:
- Two 17" x 13" Rectangle of Mesh Fabric, Netting, or Tulle
- 30" Length of String or Cording
- Thread
- (Optional) Toggle

Tools:
- Scissors
- Ruler or Measuring Tape
- Straight Pins
- Safety Pin
- Sewing Machine

Notes:
Mosquito netting available for order from Seattle Fabrics works great!

Wash your material before starting the project. Most Nettings can be washed in a machine, but not thrown in the dryer.

Step 2: Round Corners

For illustrative purposes, the Simple Steps for making your own Reuse Me Produce Bag will be shown using colored cotton fabric rather than white Netting, as the Netting is difficult to see clearly.

Green indicates the Right side of the fabric. Yellow indicates the Wrong side of the fabric.

A. Make sure your Netting is cut into two 17" by 13" rectangles.

B. Lay out one of the Netting rectangles and place a glass near the upper right corner, as shown.

C. Lightly trace a line around the glass.

D. Use your scissors to trim the corners, using the traced line as a guide.

E. Repeat with second rectangle.




Step 3: Pin and Sew

A. Pin the two rectangles with right sides together, along the sides and the rounded bottom edge.

B. Measure down 3/4" from the straight top edge, along one of the sides and make a mark.

C. Measure down another 1/4" and make another mark (1" from the top edge"). Eventually, the cording will be strung through the space between these two marks.

D. Following a 3/8" seam allowance, begin to sew the two pieces together. As you begin, sew down 3/4" which should be where you have marked your cord hole. Backtack and trim thread.

E. Begin a new seam at the second cord hole mark. Do not sew between the marks! Continue stitching all the way around the pieces.

F. Trim seams to 1/4".
field5004 years ago
Awesome instructable! Great photos with everything clearly explained. Using the easy-to-see colored fabric (vs. the what-the-heck-is-going-on? netting) was genius. Thanks!
jauncourt6 years ago
I really like that you used an opaque, color-coded fabric for demonstrating the steps. Very clear.
ShadowGirl6 years ago
Nicely done and good instructable. Thanks!
nikkishell6 years ago
Great idea!!! I have my veggies delivered in a cardboard box (no bags) but may make some of these for storing them in the fridge.
Unfortunately they aren't great for storing in the fridge - the veggies will wilt quickly. I use cloth bags, and for fridge storage, I use these:

http://www.reusablebags.com/store/evertfresh-green-bags-pack-small-p-256.html#

You can get them at Whole Paycheck and the like.

But these bags are great! I love my cloth bags, and *I think I'll be making some of these as gifts for friends.
tantan6 years ago
Hi Bess, I saw your instructable just after i published my own!
http://www.instructables.com/id/ESB7IZKF5HVPB3O/

Well done on getting the idea out there! Great minds think alike. Have you considered selling them? I sell mine at a market - with nice labelling and presentation people have been buying them - that gets more of the bags out there and more people interested in the idea. And reduces plastic bags even more!
:)
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