Plastic shopping bags aren’t good for the environment and they can take up a lot of space in your house or recycling bin. Instead of bringing home a pile of new ones after each shopping trip, it’s much easier and more eco-friendly to use reusable bags. But the ones you can buy at stores aren’t very attractive, and many aren’t very durable. If you’re looking for a better alternative, why not make your own grocery bags? Here are two ways to do it.
1. Pillowcase bag
The Grow Mama blog had a great idea for upcycling pillowcases into chic grocery bags. The prettier the fabric is, the more fashionable your bags will be! Start by laying your inside-out pillowcase out on a flat surface. Place the bag so the open end is at the top. Use a piece of chalk to mark where you’re going to make cuts – you’ll cut off each top corner so what will be the handle remains in the center. Once you cut those pieces off, sew a seam at the top of the handle pieces so you have a loop. Turn the bag inside out again so the seams are hidden, then get shopping!
2. T-shirt bag
Have a lot of old T-shirts you simply don’t wear anymore? Transform them into handy T-shirt bags. You could even use them as fashionable tote bags if you have vintage or cute tees that don’t fit anymore. Start by cutting off each sleeve. If you want to make sure your cuts are identical, fold the T-shirt in half beforehand. When you’re done, cut out the neckline. Turn the shirt inside-out, then figure out how deep you want your bag to be. Use a marker or piece of chalk to draw a line across where you want the bottom of the bag to be. Now take a pair of scissors and cut lines into the bottom of the shirt up to the line you drew. You should be cutting the front and back layers at the same time so they’re even. When you have a bunch of fringe, tie the pieces together. To get rid of the holes in between each knot, make a few more knots using the ends of two different knots that are next to each other. Turn the shirt inside out and you’re done!
Do you have any good pillowcases or shirts that would work for these projects?