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Topic: Set of (12) Muslin Produce Bags  (Read 6214 times)
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« on: February 09, 2008 04:54:09 PM »

About 8 months ago I invested the time to make a set of canvas shopping bags so that I could stop at least a little bit of the waste coming into the house.  I also made a set of tulle "one-string" bags to use for produce -- couldn't see pulling plastic bags for my apples and then putting them into a canvas bag in their plastic bag.  Unfortunately, I found that the tulle was not very durable in the hands of the bag boys.  Some were practically tatters by the time I got them home.  So, I decided I needed something a little more durable, but still not too heavy.  So I settled on some light muslin.

 Here is the result -- I did away with the drawstring because I found that I never filled them so full that I couldn't just spin them and roll them over, just like I would with a plastic bag. 





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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2008 05:01:58 PM »

Great idea! Yayy for recycling!
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2008 05:16:52 PM »

What an awesome idea! I love the idea of light muslim...are those french felled seams?
!Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2008 06:39:18 PM »

This is a great idea! I usually just skip the produce bags, and then watch the cashier struggle to keep a dozen oranges on the scale at once ... I think yours is the better solution.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2008 07:37:16 PM »

Great idea! This is going on my to do list.
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2008 08:12:59 PM »

What a fantastic idea!
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2008 08:40:03 PM »

That's fantastic!  I've jsut put some re-usable grocery bads in my car (so I'll have them if I spontaneously decide to stop at the store}, but I never would have thought of making re-usable produce bags.  Go you!
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2008 09:21:49 PM »

what size did you make your bags?
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2008 02:19:04 AM »

wow! Ive been seen recently in the fruit and vege market going 'so i bring my reusable bags and then just wrap it all in plastic?!' and not even considering this solution! I must make myself some, lol Great idea
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2008 06:40:17 AM »

What an awesome idea! I love the idea of light muslim...are those french felled seams?
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Nope, just overlock on the serger. It was crazy, but as I was sewing them, I did keep getting flashes of fancy linen work, trousseaus, ribbons, and fancy seams.  The fabric is so lovely I know I am going to enjoy using them so much more than plastic
what size did you make your bags?

Honestly I didn't measure, but can probably figure it out.  I just bought a length 3 yards long, cut it into roughly 1 foot lengths (had a little left over), then folded each of these 8 pieces into thirds across the width (I think it was 45") and cut -- so I guess each piece was ~12" x 15" - took two and sewed them together - taking advantage of the selvage as the top on 8 of the bags - no sewing.


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