Post by Contributing Writer, Emily
We’ve all become accustomed to bringing along our big grocery bags when we go shopping. It’s a great habit that slowly but surely has an impact on the waste we produce as food consumers!
Today we’ll take that reusable bag habit a step further and create small bags with built-in tags for all your bulk purchases. I always carry two types of bags when I am grocery shopping: mesh for produce and muslin for cereals, beans, grains, flours, etc.
Let’s get started.
In addition to your choice of fabric and your basic sewing supplies, you will need a length of cord a few inches longer than the opening of your finished bag.
I also insert a small rectangle of clear plastic shower curtain to use as a tag on the side of my bags. You can write the product number onto this tag with a dry erase pen or a grease pencil. (I purchased a cheap plastic shower curtain for less than $1 and probably won’t run out of the plastic material for years!)
Cut 2 rectangles from your fabric keeping in mind that your finished bag will end up slightly smaller. Following the diagram, sew the two pieces right side together. Don’t forget to tuck in the plastic tag before sewing up the side.
Fold the top (open) edge of your bag over twice to the inside and sew in place creating a casing for your cord. Leave a small (1/2 inch) opening on one side. Attach a safety pin to one end and thread your cording though the hole and around the top of your bag.
Tie a knot at each end to keep the cord from slipping back inside and melt down the ends of your cording with a candle to keep it from unraveling.
Your finished product will be a waste free and functional bag that you will use often!
We are giving away the set of 3 bags pictured here! Approximate sizes (12×13″ 9×12″ 9×10″)
Just leave a comment on this blog post to be entered. Giveaway closes Wednesday 1/11/12 at midnight. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by Friday.
Emily lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Jeremy and their 3 wild and crazy kiddos! She loves reading, running, baking yummy treats for her family, her early morning yoga, walking to the library and all things creative and crafty. She especially enjoys exploring nature with her children and learning side by side with them. You’ll find her chatting about all aspects of life at her blog, Industrious Emily* and also sharing her crafty side through the blog, Life at the Table.