I am finally finding some time to blog about the reusable produce & bulk bags I made last month with my mama. I was so intimidated by my sewing machine but found it a lot easier than I anticipated and it gave me some much needed practice on my machine. I am ready to start making some more fun things!
- Organic Muslin fabric (We used some that my mom already had and we bought a couple yards at a fabric store. I strongly believe since it will be used for food, that I shouldn't use any dyed fabric. I don't want any color dyes to get onto my food that I will be consuming.)
- Cording or thick string (We upcycled gift bag handles. We took off all the handles of any gifts bags that were no longer reusable at my mom's house)
- Sewing Machine
- Hooking tool
- Wood Kebab Skewer
I cut the fabric using a cutter and a cutting mat. I first wanted to make a smaller bag, to make sure I knew what I was doing. So I fabric measurements that I cut were 26 inches long and 9 inches wide. The smaller bags are perfect bulk bags for flour, sugar, oats, almonds, any grain, etc.
I then took the cut piece of fabric and folded it in half. I then sewed the sides at an 1/2 inch. On one of my sides I left about 3/4 inch unsewn at the top. This is provide an opening for the cording/string to fit in.
Then I took the top of the fabric and folded about 3/4 inch.
Next was to sew the top fold. Make sure to leave an 1/2 opening for the cording/string.
Turn the fabric inside out.
Take cording/string and push it into the top opening with a wooden skewer. Once you get the string/cording half way in, put the hooking tool in the other side and pull the cording/string out.
Tie and enjoy your finished project!
I really enjoyed this project and plan to keep making bags, all different sizes and for all different uses! It has motivated me to keep on creating, especially items that promote an ecofriendly environment. My sister gave me a book called "Rubbish! Reuse Your Refuse!" by Kate Shoup. This book shows you how to give everyday household items a new life. With more than 30 creative projects upcycling and reducing trash, I will be one happy "green" mama! Keep a look out for some fun eco-friendly upcycling projects posted on here.
"Every day is Earth Day." ~Author Unknown