Friday, 17 April 2015

Fruit and vegetable shopping bags



Hand or machine sewn with two seams


Fruit and vegetable shopping bags are lightweight, practical and kind to the environment. Use these bags when you buy fruit and vegetables, put in your produce and take home and put into the fridge. No changing bags and no rubbish or plastic bag pollution.

To make a bag, use a lightweight breathable fabric, such as old curtains, wide lace, tulle or any sheer type fabric that does not fray. There is hardly any weight in a homemade vegetable bag but do use the lightest material you have.


Use lightweight material.

Tulle is very good

How to make a vegetable bag

For this tutorial I am using light webbing that is usually put over a vegetable garden. 









1. Cut a piece of fabric double the size you would like your bag to be.

2. Fold over the side seam and sew. Use straight stitch or zig-zag, if you have an overlocker use that. Those who hand sew use a back stitch to make the bag strong.

3. 3. Fold the sewn fabric in half so the seam is in the middle - still inside out.

4. Sew along the bottom edge.

5. Done after only two seams.

You could edge the top and insert a drawstring but it adds weight. To close the top of the bag you can simply scrunch or clip the top when you put items in the crisper bin.

As well as the environmental benefit, using these bags keeps your vegetable/crisper bin clean and tidy. No need to rummage through the crisper to find what you have and no more little vegetables getting lost and wasted in bottom of crisper.