DIY cotton bread and veggie bags

 

This week I made some lightweight cotton bags to use when buying bread and veggies.  I previously bought some lightweight cotton veggie bags when I was living in the USA and needed a couple of extra.

When we make our own sourdough bread we wrap the baked bread in a tea towel for storage.  Lately, we haven’t had time to make our own bread so I made cotton bread bags to take to the shop up the road that sells the most amazing bread!  I made two bags so that one could be washed and taken to the shop while the other was in use

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My bread (pink feathers) and veggie (orange print) bags ready for use

 

This DIY project is super easy.

You will need:

  • Lightweight cloth – I used cotton muslin
  • Thread
  • Ribbon for drawstring – I just used whatever I had hoarded from receiving gifts

 

Steps for making your own washable veggie and bread bags

1. Choose some cloth.  I chose some cute, printed, cotton muslin (yes, I know un-printed would have been greener…..but definitely less cute and maybe I would be less likely to use them).  You could use tulle  (the stuff tutu’s are made from) if you’re really worried about weight.  However, I’m trying to avoid plastic where I can.  All up my cotton bread bags weigh 20 g each and my cotton veggie bags weigh 10 g each so I’m not worried about them adding to my overall produce cost.

2. Cut your cloth to size.  I used a 105 m x 85 cm piece for each of my bread bags (final size of 50 x 40 cm)  and a 75 x 75 cm piece for each of my veggie bags (final size 35 x 35 cm).  I cut (and sewed) them pretty roughly, maximising my cloth use.  I was not too worried about the finish because I don’t plan to wear them and they shouldn’t have too much rough treatment.

3. Fold you material with the right sides together (if you have right/printed sides).  Pin 2 edges ready for stitching.  Leave the end that will be the opening un-pinned.

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4.  Stitch (using a machine or by hand) along the two pinned edges and you will end up with the basic structure of your bag.

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5.  Next you need to make a small channel at the top of the bag for the drawstring.  Keeping the bag inside-out, fold ~3 cm of the opening edge and pin to what will be the inside (currently the outside) of the bag.  Pin then stitch leaving a small opening to feed a ribbon through – I’ve left mine near one of the seams.  You may need to remove part of your machine to do this if your bags are small.

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6. Use a safety-pin to guide your ribbon/tie/string through the channel and tie off when the ends meet

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7. Success!  Turn the right way out and your bag is ready to be used

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8.  Compost the scraps.  Any natural fibres (e.g. cotton, bamboo, wool – probably a bit heavy!) will break down in your compost heap.

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9. Now for me to remember to take these every time I go to buy bread and veggies!

Love Sarah

xx

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