I’ve been wanting to sew some produce bags for a while now but between throwing Jackson’s naming ceremony party and being in the wedding of some good friends, well…sewing was definitely on the back burner. I finally had a few minutes of spare time last week and I thought some quick and easy produce bags would be the perfect 10 minute craft. I was sadly mistaken.
The trouble all started at the craft store where I got a yard of green tulle. The tutorial didn’t really mention what type of mesh fabric to get so I figured tulle would work. Wrong. I sewed up the entire bag and was happily showing it off to Jim when the two onions I was shaking around in the bag promptly ripped right through the bottom. Crap. And then, the more I opened and closed the top, the more the unhemmed edges started to fray. I should have tried harder to find the fabric used in the original tutorial, I probably wouldn’t have had these problems. A few adjustments and my produce bags worked out well in the end!
Ok, so my 10 minute project eventually turned into a two hour project but at least I have produce bags finally and I’m pretty sure my onions will stay right where I put them!
Amended Produce Bag Tutorial
(follow instructions found here with just a few little adjustments!)
1. Cut a .25 inch slit on both sides, about 2 inches from top and bottom of fabric.
2. Fold inward.
3. Fold edge over (making sure that folded side stays put) and sew in place. Repeat to other side.
4. Right sides facing, sewing sides together. Flip right side out and sew sides again (enveloping the previously sewn raw seam). I think this is called a French seam…just in case you want to impress your friends.
And there you have it! You now have a double reinforced produce bag that will hopefully last you many grocery trips!