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
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
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
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
Frugal and Thriving scoured the internets and found 45 of some of the best diy bag tutorials out there. Choose from big bags and little bags, grocery store bags and cosmetic bags and everything in between. Some of my favs….the reversible beach bag pictured above and the little boxy pouch below, which is just too cute! See the other 43 offerings here.
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!
Reusable tote bags are great, but how many do you really need? This was the predicament of one poster over at NOTCOT. In a flash of inspiration, pillow forms were stuffed into too-cute-to-part-with-totes. One final question remains, however…to remove the handles or leave them on for some superior pillow fights?
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
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
- 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.
“The next time you’re asked if you want a paper or plastic bag at the
grocery store, you will be able to politely decline and then put your
goodies in this handmade shopping bag. Strut out of the store with DIY
Etsy video teamed up with BurdaStyle for this great video podcast on making the open source Charlie grocery bag.