This week I made some reusable produce bags. Now that we’re eating healthier, that means more fresh fruits and veggies, so why not “go green” and make some reusable produce bags! I looked here for my initial inspiration, but changed quite a few things as I went along.
1 fat quarter per bag
Step 1: Take your fat quarter and situate it so that the long edges are horizontal. Cut off a 4″ strip.
Step 2: Take your ironed strip and cut off 5″.
Step 3: Take your leftover piece of your fat quarter and fold it in half, right sides together. Sew along that long open edge.
Step 4: Iron open the bottom seam you just made, opening up so it makes a diamond like shape.
Take one of your corners and measure from the point 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ (depending on the shape you want your bag to take on: 1/2″ will make a narrow bag good for zuchinnis and 1 1/2″ will make a wider bag good for apples) mark it, and pin it. Repeat with the other corner.
Step 5: Take the top of your bag and fold down the edge 1/2″, iron, and then fold it down another 1/2″ and iron again.
Step 6: Take your 5″ long strip and place it like so with the edges 1/2″ away from the seam and the zigzag ends lined up with the edge of the hem you just ironed. Pin in place.
Now flip your bag over so the seam is centered in the back and take the long strip and pin it about 1″ away from the edge of the bag. Make sure your zigzag ends meet up with the hem and pin in place.
Step 7: Sew around the hem 1/8″ from the bottom edge of the hem and then 1/8″ from the top of the hem.
Turn your bag right side out, you’re all done. To cinch the bag, you just take the long loop and pull it through the small loop.