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.
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!)
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. 😊
Vintage lace curtains or material
Sewing machine or needle and thread
String or ribbon
Safety pin or bodkin
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.
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.
Using a safety pin or a bodkin pull a 20″ long piece of string or ribbon through the casing.
Once you have pulled the string through the casing it should look something like this.
Tie a knot in your string and then you are ready to pull through the string on the other side.
Starting on the opposite side from where you tied your knot and again using your bodkin pull a second string through the casing.
Tie a knot in the second string and gently pull to gather the top of the bag.
Pull both strings to close the bag completely.
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.
The conveniently fold up so you can tuck them into your purse.
Well I can’t wait to shop with my fancy vintage lace produce bags. What about you?