Many states are banning disposable plastic grocery bags. Make these easy reusable grocery bags out of old cotton linen sheets and you'll be able to wash them to keep them clean!
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Author Dr. Karen Lee
Full size old fitted sheet I used a full size for this tutorial to make five bags
Thread I am using a dark colored thread for the tutorial for easy viewing but when you make your own bags, use a coordinating thread color as your sheet.
Cut the elastic around the fitted sheet and fold the sheet in half in any direction . Cut the two layers of this "Tank Top" pattern in approximately these dimensions. These dimensions from disposable plastic bags but they can be smaller or bigger, depending on your needs. It is best to use the folded edge of the sheet as the bottom of the grocery bag. But if you have to sew the two pieces at the bottom, double stitch the seam for strength.
Take the cut out piece from the panel, and hem the top (straight edge) by folding the raw edge under.
Center the cut out piece on the RIGHT SIDE of the bag and pin the sides.
Sew three sides, leaving the top edge open. I use small zigzag stitches to prevent the edges from fraying.
With the RIGHT SIDES together, sew around the sides of the bag, reinforcing with double stitches. I used zigzag for the second time around to prevent the edges from fraying.
While the bag is turned inside out, fold the two sides inward about two inches. Line up the handles to match. As you can see, the shape of the bag is not exactly square or rectangle. Pin down the folded edges and sew the handles and bottom, as indicated.
Turn it inside out and voila! You have a reusable grocery bag! A.K.A. T-Shirt Bag!
How to fold the reusable bag into the pouch
Fold the sides of the grocery bag inward until the edges meet in the middle.
Fold the bottom of the bag up under and tuck it in.
Tuck in the top under the bag.
Tuck in the rest of the handles under.
Place your hand inside the pouch while holding the rest of the bag, turn the pouch inside out.
Voilà! Neatly tucked reusable grocery bag in a pouch.
You can make 5 reusable grocery bags with a full size fitted sheets.
You should use cotton sheets so that you can use hot water to sanitize after a few uses. If you need to brighten them, you can use Oxyclean or if it's contaminated, you can use 1 tsp bleach to 1 cup hot water.