Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Recycled Produce Bag

I assume you are all familiar with these little stretchy bags that produce comes in, right? 

They actually look like this when you get them. The bottom is closed with a plastic thingy and the top is sewn into the label.

Well, I have been mulling this recycling idea around for a couple of weeks because I have such a terrible time trying to get those plastic produce bags open in the grocery store for purchases of fruits and veggies. I want an alternative to those plastic bags!

So....I sewed that shortest end closed and reinforced by sewing back and forth several times. (There's nothing worse than chasing rolling tomatoes all over the supermarket.)

I cut a rectangle off some left over fabric (from tote--prior post) and folded it in half. I eyeballed it, no measuring here. Then folded in half the long way, right sides together and stitched the long side.
I turned it right side out. then I gathered another leftover scrap of fabric that was cut out on a fold:

It looked like this.  It was leftover fabric from cutting out tote bag handles. Nothing fancy! I stitched up the long side with a zig-zag stitch just to finish the edge a bit. I tucked it up into the fold of the yellow rectangle and then began pinning the rectangle to the produce bag, stretching the bag to fit, folding the rectangle in half as I was pinning and making sure the tie was up near the fold. Then I stitched it again and folded under any loose ends.

This is what it looked like after the stitching. It took 15 minutes--tops! Didn't even have to thread the tie through the drawstring opening.

A closer look....

It's actually pretty cute! Looks much nicer than the original bag.

Looks pretty cute sitting on the counter too.

I think I will bring the bag to the supermarket with me the next time I go grocery shopping. This is so much better than a plastic bag, much easier to open and the drawstring can be tightened so no produce will be rolling around the grocery cart or your vehicle when a bag tips over in the rear.

Guess I will buy another bag of produce next week. My goal is to have several to take with me so I can buy unpackaged produce or local produce from the farmer's market. Move over plastic produce bags--you've been replaced!!

UPDATE! Produce Bag #2

Found another bag to reuse--this one is much larger!

 Second bag was done in under 10 minutes!

How cute will my shopping cart be!

Easy and practical....

Soon I will have enough to bring home all my fresh produce!

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  1. Hi Linda,
    WOW!! two thumbs up on this one! You are so creative..Love your idea. We do not have these bags in our local grocery store that I have seen. I think I better look again..
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  2. That a great idea! Don't forget to link it up to my Feature Friday Link Party :)


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  3. Just the other day I was thinking of making a search for ways to reuse the produce bag. Pinned to my Wake Up Wednesday board. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for visiting and for your comments ladies! Elizabeth--look to see how your baby potatoes are bagged. That is what was in the large produce bag. Danielle, I linked up--thanks for the invitation! Shirley, thank you for the pin! Enjoy the weekend!

  5. You clever girl! what a great recycle. Love how it turned out! Now that's thinking outside the 'bag'! lol! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  6. lol, thanks Jann! They accompanied my most recent trip to buy produce and they worked nicely. Just wish I had a few more!

  7. These produce bags are so cute, definitely much better than plastic bags. I'll have to make some too. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I tried replying to your email but you are 'noreply'