Make Your Own Shopping Bags

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I don't know about you but I hate having to unload 20 bags of groceries that only hold a few items each. seems like it takes forever to haul them all in. I love using my own handmade fabric grocery bags. I keep material that is from clothing or scraps from fabric and make my own shopping bags. This way I am using my resources instead of the plastic bags that end up in the dump. You can make original bags that are gorgeous or just plain bags.


I also love the versatility of them. It makes me very happy to put my recycled material bags on the conveyor belt at the grocery store before I unload the groceries. I always ask them to pack the bags full. Also I find it so much easier to handle the groceries once I get home and have to unload.

So don't pitch that material. Make up some one of a kind grocery bags for your next shopping trip. It will make your experience so much easier.

I also use handles from discarded items or ties from clothing to make the handles. It is a breeze just to sew it onto the inside of the bag once it is finished.

By gem from Gordonsville, VA

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January 12, 20120 found this helpful

I do that too! I line mine, and double stitch them. They hold a lot more weight than paper or plastic! I keep some of them in each vehicle. They sure come in handy!

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January 12, 20120 found this helpful

I wish I had a sewing machine to make my own. I do use the recyclable bags though and, yes, it does feel wonderful to place them on the conveyer belt ;-) I also love that, depending on the weight when full, I can carry two bags over each shoulder and usually only have to make one trip from car to door!

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January 20, 20120 found this helpful

Up here in Canada, a lot of stores (grocery stores, Walmart and Zellers included) charge 5 cents for plastic bags now. I think that is great! Too many stores use plastic and it just keeps adding plastic to our landfill sites.


Those stores that charge .5 for plastic bags also sell reusable bags for $1.00 and they can hold a ton of stuff and last for years. I've got 2 bags that I still use that I've had since 1999. They are washable too, so if they get soiled inside, I just put them into my bathtub, squirt some soap or cleaner in, then wash and hang them to dry. So much better for the environment.

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January 6, 20130 found this helpful

Can you send instructions or a picture on how to make these bags? It would be a big help. Thanks.

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January 7, 20130 found this helpful

Please, I hope all of you WASH them after EACH use. These fabric bags carry tons of germs from raw food, etc. They may look nice going down the conveyor and make you fell oh-so-special and better than the next guy but remember that they need to be WASHED after EACH use!


I would rather use recycled paper, which, when done, I line bird cages with. Plus, paper doesn't cause problems in the landfill, AND the trees are grown for this purpose and are replenished - all good for the environment.

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