DIY: Reusable Veggie Bags

So, I guess I fell of the face of the planet or something. No worries, I’m back and full of things to share! First up, a quick tutorial – Reusable Veggie Bags. We’ve all been doing our part for the environment with reusable shopping bags, but what about all those little plastic bags we put our vegetables in? These reusable bags are the perfect solution. They are made from flour sack dish towels so half the sewing is done for you and they’re lightweight so they won’t add much at all the price of your produce.

I printed up an iron-on transfer, but there are other fun things you could do to spruce up your bags – like fabric dye, fabric paint, etc. The weave of these flour sack dish towels is pretty loose, so when I tried to do some simple hand embroidery in the shape of fruit and vegetables, it didn’t really work.

Supplies Needed:
Flour Sack Dish Towel (each towel makes two bags)
Twine or Ribbon
Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, etc.

Step 1:
Your flour sack dish cloth will have two edges that are already hemmed in such a way that will allow you to insert twine and make a drawstring closing. See, I told you half the work was done for you, Yay! The other two edges are selvage, which won’t unravel – double Yay!
Just cut across the middle of the dish cloth, from selvege to selvage. DO NOT CUT THE HEMMED EDGES!!!

Step 2:
Take one of the halves and fold in in half, right sides together, joining the two selveges together. Pin.

Step 3:
Starting about one inch from the the hemmed edge, sew a straight stitch down the selvage, turn the corner, and sew along the raw edge. Backstitch at each end.

Step 4:
Only one side of the bag has raw edges, so just sew a simple zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying.

Step 5:
Cut a piece of twine that, when the opening of the bag is fully open, won’t disappear into the casing. Tie a knot in one end, hook a safety pin in the knot, and use the pin to run the twine through the hem. Remove the safety pin and tie a matching knot in the other end of the twine.

Step 6:
Turn bag right-side-out and press all the seams you just sewed.

Step 7:
Decorate as you wish then get busy saving the planet!


  1. Star says:

    very cool… I am so doing this!

  2. Cara says:

    Hey glad your back! and cute veggie bags. However I wanted to let you know its really hard to read the font on your blog now. I don’t know if its my computer or something but its like the top of each letter is cut off or faded or something.

  3. Great idea. Glad you are back! :)

  4. Charity Styles says:

    How did I miss these before?! I bought some a few years ago, but these are much more darling. I might have to give my old ones away!

    • Ginny Ginny says:

      I remember your veggie bags – that’s what inspired me to make some of my own. I still use my Envirosax shopping bags that you turned me onto as well.

  5. Jenny says:

    Where can I buy the cloths?

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