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Save your veggies (and the planet) by making your own reusable produce bags
Why use those cheap plastic produce bags from the grocery store when you can use your own reusable bags. An absorbent cotton backing keeps your veggies fresh and while long-lasting mesh fabric keeps plastic out of the landfill.

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  • How to make a kitchen project / dining project. Super Absorbent Produce Bags - Step 1
    Step 1

    Begin by cutting your cotton toweling into four rectangles measuring 19.25 inches long by 15.5 inches wide. Do the same with your sheer curtain panel.

  • Step 2

    Cut your rope into eight equal pieces, each 24 inches long. Apply Fray Check to rope ends to keep from unraveling and let dry.

  • How to make a kitchen project / dining project. Super Absorbent Produce Bags - Step 3
    Step 3

    Take one sheer piece of fabric and one piece of cotton toweling and place them together, being sure to line up the edges. With your fabric marker, mark 1 inch from the top edge of the fabric on both the left and right sides (see red lines in photo) and begin pinning pieces together. The red mark indicates where you will begin and end your stitch. Pin along three edges of your fabric, leaving the top open.

  • How to make a kitchen project / dining project. Super Absorbent Produce Bags - Step 4
    Step 4

    Starting at the 1-inch mark you made, begin sewing the sides and bottom of your bag together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave the top 1 inch of the sides unsewn.

  • How to make a kitchen project / dining project. Super Absorbent Produce Bags - Step 5
    Step 5

    With your bag still inside out, fold down the top 1-inch of sheer fabric and pin. Turn bag over and do the same to the cotton toweling side. This will create a casing for your drawstring. Sew casing closed but leave both ends open so you can insert your drawstring.

  • How to make a kitchen project / dining project. Super Absorbent Produce Bags - Step 6
    Step 6

    Feed drawstring through casing and tie drawstring ends together.

  • How to make a kitchen project / dining project. Super Absorbent Produce Bags - Step 7
    Step 7

    Trim seam allowance and turn the bag right side out.

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