Cheesecloth Produce Bag

This month I made a renewed commitment to using cloth bags for shopping. The only problem is that in the grocery store, there are those awful little produce bags. I think I must be the only person who stands there trying to open them, they just never want to work like they should. Then there’s the whole thing with throwing a bunch more little plastic bags in the trash as soon as we get home. Even when we use cloth bags to bag up all of the groceries, these produce bags have been a problem. Since I am not using any plastic bags anymore, I needed to come up with a solution, and quick. Now, I do not live near a fabric store, and my choices are very limited. I wasn’t coming across anything at the thrift store that would work, and it finally dawned on me that I could use cheesecloth. It’s sturdy, and yet somewhat sheer. Something about the lighting in this pictures makes it seem as though you can’t really see what’s in the bag, but you can in person. I made these simple drawstring produce bags and I am thrilled with how they turned out. They were extremely easy to sew together, and they are going to be a huge help when it comes to lugging produce back from the store. If you can sew a straight line, you can make these bags, and here’s my tutorial to help you out. Hope you guys enjoy!

gifts, green, sewing • Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 • 17 Comments »
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17 Responses to “Cheesecloth Produce Bag”

  1. Petit Filoux says:

    Brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial, I might try and give it a go as I hate those little plastic bags too!

  2. AG Ambroult says:

    Cheesecloth! that’s the perfect fabric for produce bags. You are rockin’ that reusable bags committment!

  3. amanda makes says:

    What a good idea! I agree those little plastic ones are a wasteful pain. xxx

  4. Bley says:

    Great idea on the cheesecloth!

  5. apieceofwood says:

    We bought something similar to this a while ago and they are just fab… but great idea if we need any more. Love the blog.

  6. Emily says:

    These are great! I really need to make some. I’m the same – carry my cloth bags to the store but end up with a ton of the little produce bags coming home. I try to put as many produce items straight into the cart without a bag like onions, potatoes, fruit, etc. But I don’t like putting my lettuces and other leafy produce straight into the cart. This is a great solution. Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. Its_Lily says:

    I’m so making this my One Small Change for February. I’m right there with you on those hateful plastic produce bags. Thank you for sharing this.

  8. SparklePetal says:

    Cheesecloth sounds perfect! I was reading about someone making these from an old mosquito net and having terrible trouble getting it to go through the sewing machine! I have some purchased reusable produce bags, but if they ever wear out or I need more then I think cheesecloth will be the way to go!

  9. Good idea. I’d forget to take them along with me.

  10. Jennifer says:

    Thanks everybody, I really love the way they turned out, they were so quick to make up too. Glad you liked them.

  11. Deb says:

    Oh that’s inspired!

  12. Anna, Sydney says:

    Loving it. Realise now that I always feel so wasteful in the store when putting all my fresh (and ORGANIC) stuff in plastic bags but always have forgotten by the time I come home. I even at times just carry my capsicums and apples and what-nots as they are and let the girl at the register collect them on the scale. Probably doesn’t make the most favored customer, hehehe.

    This is a great idea Jennifer!

  13. Lisha says:

    What a fantastic idea. I have a pile of cloth shopping bags, but I just reuse the plastic bags for the fruit and veggies over and over, the cheese cloth is a very fresh idea. I suppose it’s so light too that it doesn’t weigh any extra. Thanks for sharing.

  14. French Knots says:

    What a great idea, I try to reuse the plastic bags but they are still a waste.

  15. Mousy Brown says:

    Fantastic idea and brilliant tutorial – my small change for feb too! 🙂

  16. Trudy says:

    atta girl! 🙂

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