GO GREEN! MAKE YOUR OWN GROCERY BAGS!
Some areas of the country are banning plastic bags and other places are charging for plastic bags and some stores are giving a slight discount for bringing your own bags to the store.
In addition, you can help the environment by making study, durable, reusable, washable grocery bags to use when you shop. They are so easy to sew, that even someone learning to sew can made shopping bags.
The fabric bags sold by retailers are very flimsy and the handles break early. The solution is to sew your own bags with heavier fabric.
Watch this video tutorial with step-by-step instructions to learn how to sew a simple reusable fabric shopping bag.
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The bag is large, sturdy and handy for trips to the grocery store, farmers market, department store or library. It has a boxed bottom for added convenience.
To make this sturdy bag, you will need a sturdy fabric such as denim, duck cloth, sturdy broadcloth or home decorating material. It can be made with less than a yard of fabric. The straps are made from webbing strap material.
Before constructing the grocery bag, you could embroidery a design on the fabric, stencil it, sew on patch, or just leave it plain. I embroidered the fabric for my bags with eye-catching environmental statements. For one bag I found a lady with shopping packages and put the tag line, "Pround to be a Bag Lady". For the other bag, I embroidered a world design on the fabric and put the line, "Saving the Planet One Bag at a Time".
Follow the step-by-step instructions in our video tutorial to sew your own market bags.
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