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Plastic free cloth shopping bags

My mother is a talented lady. Like the rest of my family and friends she is supportive of my plastic free life. So when I told her that it would be handy to have cloth bags to collect vegetables or grains in when I shop she put together two plastic free cloth shopping bags up-cycled from my dads old work shirts (thanks Dad!).

I don't have a sewing machine and my sewing skills do not match my Mothers. She has made and tailored a lot of my clothes throughout my life. She even made my grade ten formal (prom) dress! But when my Mum broke down the process to make the cloth bags I realised that it was so easy that even a novice sewer like me could give it a go and learn a new skill. I have old clothes that would be perfect to upcycle for this project. Watch this space as I will upload a tutorial soon.

These plastic free clothing shopping bags have been a great replacement for the old plastic bags we have been reusing for the last year. Not only are the cloth bags much easier to clean but they will be easier to mend when they become worn. Plastic is not favourable for mending and easily becomes worn as I have found out. The old plastic bags have gone to recycling at Coles.

Plastic free cloth shopping bags

Plastic free cloth shopping bags
When my Mum put them into the post she did so without any plastic tape. Instead opting for old fashioned brown paper and string that I can reuse. Thanks Mum!

6 comments

  1. Love these bags! And such cute pictures, too!

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    1. Thanks Ariana. I had a look at your blog. It is a wonderful resource!

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  2. Katie Redfern6/22/2014

    Looking good! You could probably pick up a second hand sewing machine for cheap, or maybe see if there is something similar to a Men's Shed (but with sewing machines?) in your area. I would also recommend jersey/old t-shirts as you generally don't have to finish the seams to prevent fraying (although probably not a big concern with fruit and veg bags!). I finish my seams with a zig zag stitch as I don't have an overlocker and it does a good job.
    Remember that you have to start somewhere and these bags are a very good place to start as they are all straight lines.
    Also, you can upcycle clothing for baby leggings (t-shirts), skirts, dresses and shorts from adult clothing. Not to mention refashioning large mens clothing into clothing for yourself. Sewing blogs and youtube are a great place to increase your skills.

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    1. I am a member of sharing websites but have yet to find someone in the area that has a sewing machine. Grabbing a second hand or free sewing machine would be ideal and worth the investment. Sewing is a great skill to have!

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  3. Look at all those vegetables WITHOUT plastic! I am so sick of big stores wrapping all their produce in plastic. Up here in Queensland even the smaller places have started to do it. It's so irritating!

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    1. It is getting worse and worse for vegetables/fruit wrapped in plastic in Australia. The best thing we can do, is write letters to the stores that sell them to let them know our dissatisfaction. The more people that complain, the more likely the stores and famers will take us seriously.

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