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When I go to the grocery store or farmer’s market, I always bring my own tote bags but I get frustrated because I still end up using plastic bags to weigh and carry my individual fruit and vegetable purchases. I almost feel like I’m cancelling out my efforts to be environmentally healthy so I decided to use Oly-Fun™ fabrics to make my own bags. Oly-Fun™ is light weight so it won’t increase my costs when the fruit and vegetables are being weighed and it’s water repellent so I thought it would hold up to damp fruit and vegetables. The appliques are optional, but they aren’t just cute, they will help the checker know what you are buying so they code your purchase correctly.
Supplies to sew a Fruit and Vegetable Bag (makes one):
- 2 pieces of Oly-Fun™ in the color of your choice, cut to 9″ x 11.5″
- Scraps pieces of Oly-Fun™ fabric to create appliques
- 30″ ribbon or string for drawstring
- Embroidery needle and floss to coordinate with your applique colors
- Sewing machine
To create a Fruit and Vegetable bag:
- Cut out fruit shapes and hand stitch onto the middle of one of the pieces of Oly-Fun™ using embroidery floss. I just drew some fruit shapes by hand to create the applique. It would be cute to have your children draw some for you! I use pins and a bit of glue to hold the appliques in place when I’m sewing them on.
- Fold top, short edge of each rectangle of Oly-Fun™ down 1″. Pin in place and stitch along edge to create a channel for your drawstring.
- Once both drawstring channels have been created, place right sides of front and back fabric together and stitch around the two sides and the bottom of the bag, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Be sure NOT to sew over the ends of the drawstring channels!
- Clip the ends of the drawstring channel so that they line up with your stitch line on the rest of the bag.
- Place a safety pin onto one end of the drawstring ribbon. Thread through one side of the channel and thread it all the way around the top of the bag, leaving tails on the same side of the bag.
- To close bag, simply pull on both drawstring tails.
Want to make a Farmer’s Market Tote Bag to go with this project? Check-out my tutorial on the Fairfield World Website!
P.S. The apple fabric for the Farmer’s Market Tote is mine. You can buy it in my Spoonflower shop.