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« on: April 19, 2009 03:45:35 PM »

I've been using cloth grocery bags for awhile now, but I've always used the plastic produce bags. It always bothered me that I had to use them. I also had a bad habit of throwing my produce in the fridge when I got home from the store and never taking it out of the bags. This always led to bad produce because it would go moldy or rot. So I bought some tulle and ribbon and sewed up my own. They work great at the store and I can throw them in the fridge at home and not worry about moldy fruits and veggies. Plus, they are machine washable! I'm constantly getting comments from other shoppers and sometimes people will even ask if I make them to sell! They were super easy, fast, and cheap to make!
Here's a photo of one flat and one in action!
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009 04:08:29 PM »

I made a bunch of produce bags for the same reason -- putting those plastic bags into my shopping bags just seemed wrong. 

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=226492.msg2453709#msg2453709

Lots of cashiers commented on how cool they were, others seemed mystified. 

I noticed in this week's flyer that King Soopers (Kroger) is now selling reusable produce bags along with reusable grocery bags.  I need to check them out the next time I am in the store because theirs are pretty darned pricey - $6 (on sale for Earth Day) for 3 bags (normally $7.50)
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009 04:34:17 PM »

I originally tried solid cloth bags for produce, but the cashiers did seem mystified by them. They also got annoyed because they couldn't see the item inside, so I decided to go back to tulle. The cashiers are getting used to seeing all of us "green" people, so I don't get too many strange looks any longer. They usually just ring them up without comment. Luckily, where I shop, the bag boys are pretty good with them and don't tear them up. When they do tear, I just use them in my seed starters to hold peat soil!
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009 05:12:34 PM »

 I know that sometimes people are reluctant to use reusable bags because it can add weight to the produce..but the tulle seems like an AWESOME idea..I love it..and tulle comes in awesome colors..

 great idea..I agree you should sell them to people like me that dont/cant/wont sew.. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2009 05:21:59 PM »

Great idea... I'm always looking for a reason to buy some tulle. It looks like candy with all the colors lined up at my fabric shop.
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2009 07:57:37 PM »

they sell slightly stronger mesh fabric, too that could work for these and maybe not rip as easily as tulle.
I never would have thought to make these, they look great!
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2009 10:41:22 PM »

At home if you are using cloth you take the produce out and wet the bag then ring it out, then put the food back in them, then store them in the refrigerator this will prolong the life of your produce by at least a week. When I make cloth produce and bulk food bags I put a nylon window in then a strip across or down it this allows me to see what is in the bag.
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2009 10:21:55 PM »

Love it!  I've made them with sheer drapery fabric.  I got a sheer panel on sale at Christmas Tree Shop for a dollar.  It was a celery green color, so my bags are green, while being "green!"  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2009 08:26:16 AM »

Awesome - I love this idea!
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2009 05:02:35 PM »

I hate those filmy plastic produce bags. This is a great solution!
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