Saturday, July 21, 2012

Reuse old T-shirts to make market bags

We all know that plastic grocery bags are a tremendous waste of natural resources as well as landfill fodder.  Reusable bags are the way to go.  But what about all of the resources that go into making those reusable nonwoven bags?  Factories need to use resources to create the bags, as well as transport them to be sold.  Here is a way to minimize waste by creating your own bags, as well as keeping old t-shirts out of landfills.  These are the only truly "green" bags out there.

First, lay the t-shirt flat and use a rotary cutter to cut off the arms and neck.

Next, turn the t-shirt inside out and sew a straight line across the bottom.  Then sew another straight line.  Double sewing will reinforce the seam, which is good since you are going to be carrying lots of heavy veggies in the bag.

Next, sew the corners of the bag at a 45 degree angle, this will make the bottom of the bag wider. 

Cut off the corner you just sewed about a half inch from the seam.

Turn the bag right-side out and go to the Farmer's Market.