Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Veggie Bags Anyone?

Yikes!  Has it been nearly a week since I posted? Where does the time go? But then, we all know where the time goes when it is Christmas Season!  I've been baking, and finishing presents and wrapping packages and picking up last minute gifts, just like all of you have been doing.  I even snuck in a party at my daughter's house!

Here's one thing that I have been working on:  veggie bags for my daughters and daughter-in-laws.  Some of them will love them, and others will say, "What's this?"  I will explain, they are upcycled and made from recycled T-shirts into a bag to take to the grocery store or farmers market. They are for fruits and veggies. Here in the NW, both Portland and Seattle have outlawed plastic grocery bags, although I think not the plastic veggie bags yet-- and you have to take your own bags or pay a 5 cent fee for each paper bag.  Anyway, I already have a listing in my shop for custom fabric grocery bags, and for the veggie bags, (I don't know if I will actually carry them in my shop because anyone can make them), I began by making them for my girls!  Have a look!

An old t-shirt

sewn and cut like this

Handle portion

Bag filled with apples and veggies

another view

This are so handy!  They are completely washable, when they get soiled, and then ready to re-use!  NO more plastic!  You can make them in smaller sizes if you like, and looks like I might need to make a few "smaller" holes too, so the apple doesn't slip out!

I made them for all my girls in every color in the rainbow, with the help of cheap t-shirts from the thrift store!  I added a scrubbie to match from a friends shop on Etsy--Patti's shop--check it out! 

Unique gift, eh?  Don't anyone tell my girls!!


tamdoll said...

These are nice, I like how colorful they are - seems the only t's I keep getting are grey & black! I've been considering making some to take to the grocery store, but I think it will be a disaster once I get to the register and they want to take everything out of the bag to weigh it all. On my next trip, I'll leave a note for the manager and see if they can come up with something.

Linda Pruitt said...

tamroll- Maybe the answer is smaller bags for individual items. My daughter shops only the Farmer's Markets for fresh items and they weigh items with out bags then put them in her bag to travel home. But, then, it is a little different than a grocery store.

storybeader said...

what nice gifts! I'm going to definitely get my sewing machine working for next year. {:-D

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a great idea! And I love that you can toss them in the wash!

Rose said...

Awesome idea for a gift! I'm sure that your girls will love them.