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Thread: 5 cents for a plastic grocery bag? Any easy patterns recommended?

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    The easiest thing I've seen is to use old T-shirts. Found it on Pinterest and am doing a project with our church Sunday school next week. Just cut off the sleeves, leaving the seam, then cut down around the neckine to open it wider. Sew across the bottom of the shirt to make it a bag. Sew easy, and a great way to help the planet. It can be washed easily, and since the fabric has little fray to it, it's not necessary to hem around the openings. the armholes become the handles, and they can be all sizes. We asked folks to donate old Ts and I got a bunch at our local recycling center where people can drop off old clothing. http://www.instructables.com/id/FAST...HIRT-TOTE-BAG/ Great project for kids and teaches them the importance of keeping plastics out of our environment. We always use store reusable cloth bags and with washing there are no more germs on them than on anything else that comes into the house - your purse, your car seats, your shoes. I use natural veggie wash on produce, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krsy View Post
    Here's a link with several patterns:

    http://tipnut.com/35-reusable-grocer...free-patterns/
    Liked all the patterns but fell in love with the strawberry bag! I can see making these for extra little Christmas gifts and I bet they would sell at crafts fairs.

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    All the grocery stores in this area sell bags for $1.00 and I have a huge collection. I just toss them in the washer every so often and wash them and reuse them. Wal-Mart also sell these bags. I hate plastic, they aren't as strong as they were when they tried to make us switch from paper. Sam's club also sells bags and they have bags for cold and/or frozen foods and I use them a lot as well. Yes Aldi's has them as well. Great investment in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krsy View Post
    Here's a link with several patterns:

    http://tipnut.com/35-reusable-grocer...free-patterns/
    Thank you for this web site, it's great.

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    I'm another one who needs the bags for cleaning up after pets and lining waste baskets. If I ever had more than I need I could leave them in a special recycling bin for them in front of most grocery stores around here. I think the biggest irony is the person who will be using a special cloth bag to carry home plastic bags for garbage and food storage not that I'm ready to give those up just yet myself.

    All that aside, one very simple bag to make is to use an old t-shirt, remove the sleeves and enlarge the arm and neck holes to create 2 handles. Sew the bottom straight across, then on the inside, sew off a triangle at each corner to make a neat squared off bottom (not really necessary, but looks better). If you have a serger, this project is very quick, otherwise you'll want to zigzag or better yet, french the seams to make them sturdy. I like this particular type of bag because when you make something from new material you have to consider that the manufacturing and transporting of that also has environmental impact. Also, they're lightweight and take up little space for when you need several.

    There are a number of tutorials on the Internet for making the crocheted bags from plastic bags, but I hesitate to invest the time in that because I know that a lot of the bags we get are biodegradable, and I wonder how long it will be before they disintegrate.
    Last edited by Rose_P; 11-09-2012 at 08:18 PM.
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    Thanks for the link. Lots of ideas. I can see checking out the Thirift Stores for some used pillow cases, They would be a great size for my embroidery projects also.

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    The only stores around here that charge for the bags are the ones where you bag your own and the store's prices are cheaper. We have a new store in Va Beach that has paper bags and on the bag it says if you bring back your bag to reuse it they'll give you 5 cents back. That's pretty good incentive to reuse bags.
    Judy

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