Make your own vintage lace produce bags

I think that I am on a trajectory to become an eccentric old lady. Like a cross between Baddie Winkle,  Martha Stewart and Iris Apfel.  So what else would this eccentric future me bring to the supermarket to gather her veggies in but a reusable bag made from vintage thrifted lace curtains.  It is the perfect solution for avoiding plastic bags and showcasing your unique style. Here’s how you can make your own vintage lace produce bags.

DIY Produce Bags

These DIY produce bags are great for fruits and vegetables since the holes are small enough that things won’t fall through (like string beans!)

DIY Produce Bags

Make these bags from vintage lace curtains you’ve stolen from your grandmother’s linen closet.  Or get them from the thrift shop for a couple of dollars – whatever works for you. 😊

DIY Produce Bags


Vintage lace curtains or material
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Straight pins
String or ribbon
Safety pin or bodkin

DIY Produce Bags

First you will want to cut two squares that measure 16″ by 16″ for each bag you are making. Turn down one edge of each panel about 1″ and pin.

DIY Produce Bags

Sew the turned down edge leaving the sides open – this is where the ribbon or string will go. Next, put two panels together with the turned down edges on the outside. Pin around the three sides leaving the turned down edge open. Starting about 1/2″ below the turned down edge sew all three sides of the panels ending 1/2″ before the other side of the turned down edge. Turn your bag inside out.

DIY Produce Bags

Using a safety pin or a bodkin pull a 20″ long piece of string or ribbon through the casing.

DIY Produce Bags

Once you have pulled the string through the casing it should look something like this.

DIY Produce Bags

Tie a knot in your string and then you are ready to pull through the string on the other side.

DIY Produce Bags

Starting on the opposite side from where you tied your knot and again using your bodkin pull a second string through the casing.

DIY Produce Bags

Tie a knot in the second string and gently pull to gather the top of the bag.

DIY Produce Bags

Pull both strings to close the bag completely.

DIY Produce Bags

These bags are generous in size so you may want to make a few different sizes depending on what types of produce you shop for.

DIY Produce Bags

The conveniently fold up so you can tuck them into your purse.

DIY Produce Bags

Well I can’t wait to shop with my fancy vintage lace produce bags. What about you?

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Welcome! I’m Jane, and I am obsessed with crafting, decorating, gardening, repurposing castoffs and general DIYing.

This blog focuses on creating on a budget, creative and fun projects that will add a bit of amusement to everyday life, cause lets face it, sometimes life isn’t so easy. My projects aim to be simple while also being Eco and budget friendly with a sense of humor or a sarcastic twist.
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