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Topic: Set of (12) Muslin Produce Bags  (Read 9991 times)
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2008 10:08:46 AM »

I love these! What a wonderful idea!

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2008 10:24:00 AM »

I've been thinking of making some of these myself, so here's my question for you -- how does the cashier handle it when you come up with these? With the plastic, they can see through to what's inside. But with these, I guess they have to... open the bag to find out what's in there?

Sorry if this question seems obtuse. It just seems like only recently have baggers become accepting of reusable grocery bags. I'm trying to figure out if non-clear produce bags are going to freak them right out. Smiley

Beautiful work on these -- they're lovely!

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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2008 03:00:33 PM »

But with these, I guess they have to... open the bag to find out what's in there?

Yes, that is another reason that I did not put drawstrings on them.  I actually used a couple of these last night - nary a blink or question - the cashier just discretely opened the top until she could see a tag and rang it up just fine.  When I was using tulle the advantage was that they were totally see through though not very durable - it is a balance.

It might be a factor of being in Colorado which is about as green as you can get from the people's perspectives and without 'the government' getting involved in bans on stuff -- people seem to just pick it up and go with it.  In fact, the groceries give 5 cent credit for each reusable bag you have -- I have even had some cashiers credit for the produce bags.
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2008 05:12:51 PM »

Smart!  I've been using canvas bags for a few years, and using plastic produce bags has always bugged me.  What a great solution.  I'm totally going to copy you.  THANKS!
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2008 05:29:12 PM »

I made a set of muslin produce bags for myself and also did away with the drawstring (which is on the one produce bag I bought instead of made).  I only really use if for apples.  I made my other bags a variety of sizes (the potato one is huge whereas the shallot one is small) and embroidered what they are for on the front (not that we follow that very often Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2008 07:24:51 PM »

neat.  I'm just beginning to see the necessity of reusable bags, and I also just bought a huge thing of muslin - as it's reputed to be the best thing to store wool in.  I'll just make some smaller bags as well.  Thank you for posting this idea!!

And then I can make myself some silk screens of fruits and vegetables to decorate them.  Cheesy

« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2008 02:15:30 AM »

I was only thinking the other day about making something like these (well done you for actually getting it done). I wonder if a tulle panel would make it see-through enough for the cashier without compromising strength?
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2008 04:46:37 AM »

sweet!  I too have been dealing with fabric produce bags lately, but I found I cant' find thin enough muslin.  Yours I see you can see through, but the thinnest I can find here ir either cheesecloth (not strong enough), or else something more like a thin canvas.  So  I am working with a layer of drapery sheer and its great so far.  I am having to bind the top edges though to prevent fraying.  But its working out great .. if only I can get some more time on my mum's sewing machine to get them finished!  Great job!

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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2008 04:54:25 AM »

drapery sheer would be perfect - great idea.
« Reply #19 on: February 29, 2008 07:32:31 AM »

These look great, but they aren't see through are they? so the cashier will have to open the bag to read the little number to ring it up. That sounds bothersome.

I saw some of these made (and hope to make some) using fine mesh, like used in formal gowns. It was still see-through so the numbers could be read through the bag.

They are more expensive, but I can't imagine a cashier being happy about the extra work to remove the fruit from the bag.

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