Making Your Own Shopping bags

United States
April 12, 2008 1:33pm CST
I really hate getting the plastic bags from the grocery store. Not that I am a big environmentalist or anything, but one shouldn't be gratuitiously wasteful. The store sells bags for a reasonable 99 cents a piece. Considering how long they last, that is not too bad. But, they have their name on them. Plus, I don't know how much they hold. So, I was thinking of making my own tote/shopping bag since I love to sew. I could make some really pretty ones. Has anyone does this? Would I definitely need to line it with something waterproof? Mine would be machine washable.
6 responses
@elisa812 (3032)
• United States
19 Apr 08
That's a good idea! I hadn't thought about making my own, but it would be nice since you could make it whatever size you want and make it look just the way you want it to also. I like having new little projects like that too, so it would give me something fun to do. :)
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I make knitted plastic totes from old plastic shopping bags. They are very durable and a great way to up-cycle all those old plastic bags you likely have laying around, plus you can get creative with teh colors the bags come it. These are waterproof and I have been able to fit quite a bit of stuff in them. I have also made knitted and then felted totes to use for shopping or as lunch bags as well. These are also durable and waterproof. I like them a lot. Since you love sewing I think this would be something great for you to make. They would also make great gifts.
13 Apr 08
I'm teaching a class in a week or so on how to cut shopping bags into strips then crochet them into a more interesting and durable tote. I found directions on the net. Kim
@venshida (4837)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I saw a crochet plastic bag awhile back. The person who made it use the bags she collected from grocery stores. She did say it was sturdy so if you can crochet you might want to checking into making one.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Thats a good price. I have seen bags around here for like $5/each. All your need is a heavy duty material like burlap. I don't think you would have to line it, but it couldn't hurt.
@ruby222 (4848)
12 Apr 08
I think that you could very eaily make a good bag...and line it....but in all honesty i felt guilty about the carrier bags..so i went to a local cut price shop and bought two black bags...long life ones...they cost me very little...they are very hard wearing...and very spacious...so all in all good bargains... But good luck with your sewing project