How to Make a Reusable Grocery Bag
If you live in one of the many areas that’s instituted a ban on disposable shopping bags, you’ve probably got a stash of reusable grocery bags already going, but if you’re going to be tossing some of those bags in the wash you might need a few more to beef up your stash.
Most grocery stores now sell reusable bags on the cheap, but these are usually made from plastic in far-off factories. That means a big carbon footprint just for toting our groceries around. When you make your own bag, you can choose to use reclaimed fabrics, so the bag you tote will be as good for the planet as the healthy food you put inside of it!
There are lots of ways that you can make your own reusable bags, and the best option really boils down to your needs and what materials you have on hand. Here are a few options to get you started!
- Mesh T-Shirt Grocery Bag – Grab an old tee from your closet or the thrift store, and turn it into a beautiful mesh bag.
- Vintage Pillowcase Grocery Tote – I have what you might call a “pillowcase problem.” I can’t hit the thrift store without grabbing a few vintage pillowcases from the linen section. They’re just so handy! Check out how to turn an old pillowcase into a reusable grocery tote.
- Denim Grocery Bag – Got an old pair of jeans handy? Turn them into a durable, reversible grocery tote using an old plastic bag as a pattern.
- Flour Sack Grocery Bag – Next time you stock up on flour or rice, look for bulk bags! You usually get a better price this way, and sometimes those big bags are made from burlap or cotton, which means you can turn them into reusable grocery bags when they’re done!
Have you guys made your own grocery bags before? I’d love to hear your favorite method in the comments!