Cloth Bulk Bin Bags

cloth bulk bin bagWhenever we go to Whole Foods we stock up on some foods from the bulk bin. I like that we are not paying for branding or packaging, which means a better price and less packaging. I hate using the little plastic bags to put the oatmeal etc. in though and have been meaning to make some bags for a while. I’ve had this idea floating around my head for a while to just put the PLU number right on the bag so that I don’t have to use any extra disposable stuff like the ties etc. This works well if you normally get the same items, and make sure that the store keeps the same numbers, which they usually do. If you don’t normally get the same items, you could always make the bags and just use a piece of masking tape right on the bag to write the number down, or use the cloth bags and use the store ties to write it on. Either way there is still less waste than using the plastic bags. So, long story short, I made this up and love it. This size bag holds approximately 5 1/2 cups of oatmeal (I didn’t have enough raisins to fill it). With six of us, I will need to make bigger bags for things such as oatmeal, rice etc. I made this with fabric and bias binding that I bought at the thrift store for pennies. The only thing I suggest, is that no matter how bright and cheerful you make the bag, make the tag on it in a light colour so that the cashier does not have a hard time finding the code. Have fun and enjoy the tutorial here. I’d love to know if you make some. These bags are also great for storing anything from rubber bands to buttons, just embroider the tag accordingly.

green, sewing, thrift store finds • Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 • 13 Comments »
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13 Responses to “Cloth Bulk Bin Bags”

  1. Gillian says:

    This is such a great idea – and your bag is so pretty! Thanks for the very clear tutorial, too.

  2. French Knots says:

    Useful and a great way to enjoy seeing your fabrics – much better than them sitting on the shelf!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thank you both, and yes it is a great way to use pretty fabrics. I would much rather use things that are practical and pretty.

  4. What a lovely way to contribute to mother nature. I love this idea.

  5. Jen says:

    This is brilliant! I think these might make great neighbor gifts, I am searching for good ideas. (the ornaments on Betz White caught my eye as well) These are so creative and eco-friendly. Love them. By the way, congrats on winning over at Portabello Pixie. I am noticing we follow the same folks. I am adding you to my blog roll.

  6. Mousy Brown says:

    Hey Jennifer – I’m sure we must have been separated at birth – I have just finished composing a tutorial for a gift bag , which will be posted tomorrow! It’s very different but strangely similar to yours – spooky! Your bags are really lovely – that fabric is beautiful, thanks for sharing this 🙂

  7. I really need to learn to sew!!!

  8. Julie Smith says:

    This is such a great idea! And so cute! I’m tired of all the plastic bags I use every week getting the same old stuff. I’m definitely going to make some!

  9. That bag is adorable. I LOVE the fabric! I live in N. Colorado and shop at Vitamin Cottage stores. They have all their bulk items pre-bagged, but I could use something like this for fruits and veggies.

    I’ve been making fabric covered (large) shoeboxes, mainly for storing crafting/quilting projects. You can check out my tutorial at my blog.

    And I’m adding you to my blog roll. We are kindred spirits ~ frugal and eco-friendly.

  10. Annie says:

    Oh my goodness this is great idea. I was just thinking how much I dislike using those plastic bags at WholeFoods. And I am newly in love with an unbleached cotton at the fabric store that sells for $3.99 a yard. This is a perfect project for that. I can’t wait to add this to my list of things to make in the new year. I will be sure to link to your site when I finally make them. I plan to add you to my inspiration list. What a joy finding your site.
    Annie

  11. Kimberly says:

    Love these! Yours are so much prettier than mine! I made a ton of cloth bags for all my bulk stuff about a year ago and love them. I did just simple drawstring bags that I use for everything. I like your name and plu on the bag idea. I also made up a bunch to have for all my produce purchases as well. The only thing I use the plastic bags for is meat.

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