Market Produce Bags


So you may or may not know that I’m currently participating in So You Think You’re Crafty. I made a Market Tote and Produce Bags as my first entry in the Dollar Store category and I’m just barely now getting the tutorial up. Raising a child, running a business and participating in SYTYC is exhausting! I’m splitting these tutorials up into two parts. Next post will be on how to make the tote bag. Who knew the dollar store was such a wealth of crafty goodness?! (Psst! Check out Dollar Store Crafts for more thrifty crafty fun.)

Market Produce Bags

– 2 packages of mesh laundry bags (from a Dollar Store)
– sewing machine
– twine


1. Cut apart mesh bags and findings. Keep supplies for future use (strings can be used for tote!)


2. With mess fabric folded, cut out desired sizes. I made (2) 8.5×11, (1) 11×11 and (1) 11×16 out of each mesh bag.


3. Mark 2 in. down from top.


4. (Ok. This is where it got difficult to photograph. Sorry for the crappy illustrations!)
Sew the two panels together around the edge from one marked line to another. I had to use a wide zigzag stitch to sew the mesh together without bunching up. You might have to experiment with your sewing machine!


5. (Note to self: Do not drink coffee before trying to draw with a mouse.)
Fold one of the top edges over and sew .25 from edge, creating a tunnel for your pull string.
Repeat with other side.


6. (Just in case you’re wondering…No, I did not let my 1 year old son draw these illustrations and yes, I have full use of both my hands.)

Tie one of your strings around a safety pin and pull through both sides of the bag. Repeat with second string. If you feed them into the bag correctly, you should be able to cinch the bag shut by pulling on both strings.


7. Turn all bags right side out and fill with yummy green things from your local farmer’s market!

Stay tuned for the next tutorial: Market Tote!


About Vanessa Brady

Vanessa Brady is a craft blogger, mother of two boys, and a hot sauce junkie. She's been running Tried & True for over 7 years and her tutorials have been featured in numerous craft books and publications.


  1. These look way more functional then the ones I have been trying to get around to making. I may have to switch gears. Thanks!

  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this. I was thinking this week that those plastic produce bags are so wasteful…….I’m a huge dollar store fan, so thanks so much for this super-wonderful tutorial!!


  3. Genius! I’ve been wanting to make some produce bags, but not wanting to tackle sewing nylon mesh. I didn’t even think about laundry bags! Perfect. Thank you!

  4. I’m so excited to find your produce bags! Everytime I buy produce, I think about the wastefulness of those plastic bags and use as few as possible. I’ll be making several of these before my next shopping trip this weekend. Thank you!!

  5. Oh my goodness!! I have been searching high and low for a pattern to make veggie bags and I have to say these are BRILLIANT!! Thank you for posting these. Now, I don’t have to spend 15 bucks for 5 of these from amazon. Thanks again!


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