Easy DIY Reusable Cinch Pouch Gift Bag

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Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

It's likely happened to everybody… you have an odd-shaped gift that you're just not sure how to wrap. It's okay, don't have a holiday meltdown! Just make one of these simple cinch pouch gift bags out of a scrap of fabric and some twine. And here's the best part – it's reusable so you can do your part to be a bit more green this December. Click through to check out my simple tutorial.    Continue Reading

Make This Leather Coffee Sleeve to Keep Your Hands Cool and Your Drink Hot

DIY Personalized Leather Coffee Sleeve
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My wife and I will be buying a house somewhere in the near future. Whenever she asks me what kind of neighborhood I want to live in, I just say, “One within walking distance of a coffee shop.” That's my only criteria, because that's how much I love coffee. Right now we live in an apartment in a busier part of the city, so most of my coffee is to-go, and grabbed on foot. Continue Reading

Pack your Lunch in Style: Easy Reusable Fabric Lunch Bag

Remembering to pack my lunch is a constant struggle. I don’t think I’ve even had an actual lunch bag for years, but it turned out that all I needed to get me motivated to pack my lunch again was a pretty lunch bag. This easy-to-sew stylish lunch bag is great for adults – I used fun fabric to make a lunch bag that I would want to remember to bring, and it didn’t take me long at all. Continue Reading

Make Reusable Lunch Bags Out of a Shower Curtain

Here’s how to make new friends at work: Make them a handmade gift that will send a message about who you are, without all the words. Friendly, crafty, environmentally aware, and possibly a good cook since you bring leftovers in your groovy little lunch bag.  Buy a printed shower curtain on super-discounted sale, cut it into 1/2 yard pieces, stitch up reusable lunch bags and hand them out to your new co-workers. Tiffany from SHNHandmade shared her instructions on Ikea hacker. Continue Reading

Sew Your Own Cheap & Easy Produce Bags

A while back I picked up a set of three produce bags at my local co-op for about 9 bucks. I love them, but I must admit I did balk at the price. The always very crafty Linda at Craftstylish shows us how easy it is to sew our own CHEAP produce bags using mesh fabric. To make some, you’ll need the following:

  • 1/2 yard mesh fabric. Linda found hers for $1.49 a yard. She also says that 1/2 yard is enough to make 3 or 4 bags! 
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Just say NO to plastic produce bags and hello to BYO Bags!


So you’ve switched from paper or plastic and gone to reusable grocery bags. If you haven’t yet done so, it’s now time to ditch non-recyclable plastic produce bags for something a bit more earth-friendly too. A great alternative to them are the fabulous BYO Bags. They’re made of a lightweight nylon mesh that’s not only breathable, but durable, washable, quick drying and, of course, reusable. I found my set of 3–one small, one medium and one large bag–at my local coop for 9 bucks, but you can order them from Cool Hats for just a buck more for shipping. Continue Reading

35 Free Patterns for Reusable Grocery Bags

created at: 03/27/2013
The reusable grocery bag is no stranger to Curbly, but we’ve never featured this many options. Featuring sew-able options, some for knitters, and plenty you can crochet,  will getcha away from those disposable plastic monsters in no time.

Sewing Grocery Bags & Totes

  1. Fabric Grocery Sacks: Replicas of plastic grocery sacks made from vintage sheets and pillowcases (any fabric will do!). These also make cute lunch bags. Features a tie closure for a neat fit in your purse when not in use.
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