DIY Produce and Bulk Drawstring Bags

DIY Produce and Bulk Drawstring Bags-- Use what you have = leftover fabric scraps! | graceandthane.com

I have a confession to make…… I’m procrastinating right now!! Now as in for a couple of days that is. I should be studying for my phone interview with the “subject matter specialist” of my school to determine my readiness for the certification exam. I hate verbal tests. Maybe it’s the introvert in me, but I’m more of a paper test kinda gal. The funny thing is, when I’m avoiding one task, I suddenly have so much motivation to get other tasks completed.  The “other task” today is these produce/bulk drawstring bags!

It’s that time of the month to make a grocery shopping run. Since I’ve pledged to do as much as I can to go zero waste, this trip is going to be less mundane and more of a fun challenge! I already use my reusable shopping bags, and the next step for me was to stop using those yucky plastic produce bags. I was browsing online for some when I remembered the zero waste buyerarchy pyramid. Use what you have, and boy do I have everything I need for this project, right in my scrap sewing materials. Technically this could fall into the make category as well.

Zero Waste Buyerarchy

Now for another confession, I can be a bit of a hoarder. I hate the act of throwing things away. This is why I have a bin of misshapen scrap fabric and random ribbon strands. The ribbons came as part of the packaging from some things that I’ve bought in the past. I knew I’d find a way to use them someday! I’m proud to say that I did not buy a single item for this project 🙂

DIY Produce and Bulk Drawstring Bags-- Use what you have = leftover fabric scraps! | graceandthane.com

I simply took my scraps and cut out as many rectangle and squares, in as many sizes as I could manage. I wound up with three smaller bags, three medium long bags, and two good size larger bags.

Let’s get sewing!

This project is so easy it hardly needs a tutorial, but I want to share how I did it anyways!

I simply folded down the edges that I planned on using for the ribbons twice. About 1/4 to 1/2 inch each.

DIY Produce and Bulk Drawstring Bags-- Use what you have = leftover fabric scraps! | graceandthane.com

After pinning down the center, I gently rolled back the outer edge of the fabric on the ends and pinned those down as well.

DIY Produce and Bulk Drawstring Bags-- Use what you have = leftover fabric scraps! | graceandthane.com

Sew a straight stitch across the entire bottom edge of the fold.

DIY Produce and Bulk Drawstring Bags-- Use what you have = leftover fabric scraps! | graceandthane.com

Now lay right sides together and sew along each unfinished edge, stopping right when you get to the casing.

DIY Produce and Bulk Drawstring Bags-- Use what you have = leftover fabric scraps! | graceandthane.com

I tried out a new stitch on my sewing machine for this project. I used to sew a straight stitch and then go over it again with a zig zag stitch in hopes of reinforcing the seam. I discovered that I can use this overlock stitch which will do all that for me in one pass! I’m a little more excited about that then I should be!

DIY Produce and Bulk Drawstring Bags-- Use what you have = leftover fabric scraps! | graceandthane.com

Setting numbers 16 & 17 are my game changers!

All that was left was to turn out the bags and match the ribbon scraps to the bags they fit in. I tied a knot in one end of the ribbon and hooked a safety-pin through that knot. I then fed the safety pin and ribbon through the casing to the other side.

Tie the ribbon ends together and just like that, you’re finished!

DIY Produce and Bulk Drawstring Bags-- Use what you have = leftover fabric scraps! | graceandthane.com

Using these today was so exciting for me, is this what being an adult means?

Pledging to go zero waste has made me view things in a different light. I’m so thrilled for the challenge ahead and where it’s going to take me 🙂

 

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