Reusable Produce Bags

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38 Comments

  1. hassantourismtrips March 17, 2020 at 2:30pm

    I’m from Morocco and I really love you ideas and the way you make things look thank you

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  2. angela January 9, 2020 at 8:52pm

    I’m planning to make some. I’ve been wondering around a fabric store and couldn’t find an environment friendly net fabric like that, except for polyester tulle. I know that polyester is plastic as well, but at least it’s reusable? But if you or anyone can recommend any other type of net fabric that eco friendly?

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    1. Lia January 10, 2020 at 9:21am

      Hi Angela,

      We used a sheer nylon tricot found at our local fabric store, when we can not find what we are looking for there we head over to Fabric.com

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  3. Herb Iron-On Lunch Tote – JW Designs April 24, 2019 at 7:03am

    […] using more sustainable alternatives. Some easy ways to reduce your use of plastic is to shop with reusable produce bags and tote bags. Another way to waste less is to bring your own lunch bag to work—and use […]

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  4. […] time (or short term) use and also has a positive environmental impact. For me, I have implemented reusable produce bags and unpaper towels. We officially no longer buy paper towels. There are also cute and fun items […]

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  5. Dennis von EcoYou September 15, 2018 at 5:50am

    Awesome article, your produce bags look really nice. I personally prefer more sustainable ones, made out of cotton but I definitely will try to sew them with your guide.

    Thank you very much for it 🙂

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  6. Alfian July 15, 2018 at 6:33pm

    such a good idea, so inspiration
    Love from Indonesia

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  7. Lyndell Taylor July 12, 2018 at 3:29am

    I have been making a heap of reusable bags for a non-crafty, non-sewer friend. She found a heap of assorted 100% cotton craft fabrics at one of our local op shops and gave it to me to make whatever sizes I could. She also had some offcuts from some net curtains she had shortened, and I have inserted them as a window in the middle of one side of the bags so you can see what’s in the bag. I used half-inch or three-quarter inch craft ribbon for the drawstrings. One bag even has a reused pyjama cord as the drawstring. If you have scraps of fabric with fruit or vegetables on it, you can also dress the bags up a bit by appliqueing those on as well.

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  8. Татьяна July 5, 2018 at 8:33am

    I am from Ukraine, Thank you for this idea,

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  9. Lisa April 23, 2018 at 9:57am

    What was the denier of the fabric you used, I can get fabric with a 75% stretch or 20%.
    Thanks

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    1. Lia April 23, 2018 at 3:31pm

      We used tricot with 20% stretch.

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  10. Waste Not, Want Not - Reunion Colorado April 4, 2018 at 8:17am

    […] the checkout line, you may want a bag to separate your produce from your other products. These reusable produce bags help cut back on using plastic, and they can be useful for additional organizing around the […]

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  11. Judy March 25, 2018 at 8:51am

    I’ve just made a load of produce bags in different sizes from some cotton muslin fabric left over from altering some Ikea curtains years ago (never throw fabric away!!). I made a few with French seams so that they can be used for loose produce e.g. lentils etc. I used a couple yesterday and look forward to making good use of them soon (refusing plastic bags & wrap). Next on the list to make – beeswax wraps….

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    1. Lia March 26, 2018 at 7:47am

      How great! I have a large stash of fabric that I just can’t part with, because you never know what projects may come up 🙂

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  12. Katarina November 29, 2017 at 1:06am

    Thank you for the tutorial! Is a serger required for these bags?

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    1. Lia November 30, 2017 at 3:05pm

      No, you could sew a zig-zag stitch instead!

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  13. Abby November 20, 2017 at 3:18am

    I love these bags. I have some recycled fiber fabric I’m looking forward to making into bags soon.
    I just wanted to remind your readers and yourselves that every bag you don’t use helps but that doesn’t mean you need to perfect. If occasionally you use plastic it’s not the end of the world. Especially if you can then recycle it.
    I find that by being fanatical about perfect eco credentials many people can be turned off. Some is better than none.
    Thanks for the pattern.

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    1. Lia November 20, 2017 at 9:45am

      Very true, Abby! Thanks for reaching out 🙂

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  14. […] clearly, because you buy so much of it you want to know what’s already in the bag? We hear you! Lia Griffith has a fantastic tutorial for see-through produce bags that are set to become your favorite […]

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  15. Bryony Bromley August 21, 2017 at 7:06am

    I love this idea and have seen it a number of places. I would like to suggest that you use a natural material though as nylon still contains tiny particles of plastic that are deposited into our water system when washed so these are potentially still harming our environment. Thanks 🙂

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    1. Lia August 21, 2017 at 12:26pm

      Good point Bryony! Do you have a suggestion for what kind of natural material?

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  16. […] re-usable shopping bags instead of getting plastic ones at the shop. You can make your own produce bags, simple totes, or big fancy shopping bags.  You can always buy a bag for life if you’re not […]

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  17. Ellen May 22, 2017 at 6:19pm

    Just wondering if you ever keep the produce in the bags and put them in the refrigerator? How does the produce hold up? Thanks

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    1. Lia May 23, 2017 at 11:54am

      I don’t usually keep my produce in the bags, but the times I have left it in I haven’t really noticed a big difference.

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  18. […] We’re currently trying to reset our eating habits by adding more fresh produce. I love these reusable fresh produce bags and you can make your own with this tutorial from Lia Griffith. Get all the details by clicking here. […]

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  19. Romy April 16, 2017 at 12:54am

    Before seeing this pin, I had read an interesting article on recycling and the author mentioned using net curtaining material to make similar bags for produce. I made some and they work so well. So good to see people all over the world cutting down on plastics!!! Romy

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    1. Lia April 17, 2017 at 7:11am

      That’s great! Yes, every little bit helps.

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  20. […] Reusable produce bags can be of any material and size. You can even DIY! Image from: https://liagriffith.com/reusable-produce-bags/ […]

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  21. Edna January 25, 2017 at 3:34pm

    Nylon is a poor choice if you want to be “as environmentally conscience as possible. Use something compostable otherwise you are defeating the purpose of these bags. You will still be creating trash.

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    1. Lia January 25, 2017 at 4:24pm

      Good point. We chose nylon because it’s very durable, and should last quite awhile. You could certainly use some other kind of fabric, perhaps cotton?

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  22. Bianca Filardo January 7, 2017 at 10:43am

    Love, love, love this idea. I use food safe cotton calico bags all the time to store my product, pack snacks and so much more!

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  23. Bill O'Connor January 7, 2017 at 10:42am

    These are really great and have so many uses. Using less plastic bags by taking them to the grocery or market is a huge way to save the environment. For those of us less crafty, you can buy bulk food-safe bags online!

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  24. Janet November 10, 2016 at 11:08am

    If you already washed these in the washer, how have they held up? Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. Lia November 11, 2016 at 7:40am

      So glad you like it! I prefer to rinse these by hand.

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  25. Kerstin August 5, 2016 at 7:47am

    A while ago I’ve made such bags for sensitive stuff to be washed in the machine like fine underwear (stockings, bras) and fine fabrics (silk, lace) etc.

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    1. Lia August 5, 2016 at 4:07pm

      Great idea! We are finding a lot of great ways to use these, including project bags for our crafts.

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  26. Séco August 4, 2016 at 7:03am

    This is a great tutorial. Would you say that the material you used would be ok to carry rice or any other cereals? Thanks

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    1. Lia August 4, 2016 at 10:41am

      Yes! The “dust” from grains and cereals may seep through a little, but the material will definitely hold it 🙂

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