You can easily pack them in with your reusable grocery bags so you remember to use them at the store. I don’t think they can entirely replace plastic produce sacks, but they are great for larger produce like apples, oranges, etc. Whatever you can do to reduce waste is a good thing though! Am I right?
When trying to come up with something green for Color Your Summer I decided on something that was green in more ways than one.
Taking inspiration from this crocheted version:
I made my reusable produce bag out of an old knit T-shirt.
And then I went crazy! and made more bags out of old T-shirts and T-shirt sleeves in various shapes, colors, and sizes.
It is really easy and requires very little sewing. Hence why I made so many! :)
So let’s get started shall we?
Materials:An old T-shirt Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies scissors or rotary cutter
1. Turn your t-shirt inside out.
Making the hem or bottom of your shirt the top of the bag, draw out the shape of your bag. Cut it out.
You can keep the existing hem of the shirt or cut it off. Either way works fine. Using the existing hem may make the handles a little stronger though.
2. Sew with a straight stitch or a narrow zig zag around the sides and bottom of the bag.
Leave it as is, knit doesn’t fray, or you can finish the edge.
You can sew a french seam by sewing the bag right sides out first. Turn the bag inside out and sew around the folded sides and bottom, thus encasing the raw seam. Like so…
Or you can finish the raw edge with a zig zag stitch or overlock (serged stitch).
An example of a zig zag stitch is on the left.
3. Next you are ready to cut the slits into the bag. You can do this two different ways:
Option 1: Draw lines to help guide you and cut them out with the tips of your scissors.
Make sure to stagger the cuts like so…
NOTE: On some bags, like this one in the picture above, I snipped over the seams. This is fine, but it will make the bag looser and more flexible. If you decide to do the same, be sure to make your cuts half as long as you really want them. This is because you are essentially cutting them on the fold.
Option 2: Use your rotary cutter to cut your slits.
This method is hands down WAY faster and makes for less wear and tear on the tips of your scissors and your wrists.
**BE SURE…to stop cutting slits about 4 inches or more from the top. You want room for the handle.**
4. Simply cut a slit for the handle through both layers of the bag. If you want to shape the top of the bag like I did in these pictures, do that now.
5. Then streeeeeeeeeeeetch the bag.
That’s it! So easy right?
If you wash and dry it, the slits curl up a bit and it looks even better:
Some knits don’t curl well, but I think it still looks pretty cool.
You can use them for produce, as the name implies,
or as my husband suggested, you can use them at the beach for your sandals! Genius.
It lets alllll that sand slide out.
I made this one big enough to be a tote. It would be a cinch to put the smaller bags inside to keep things more organized.
They are completely washable and can withstand hot washing temperatures, which I love.
And you can make a whole rainbow of them to help color your summer!