Fiber Friday

Sewing is my first fiber love. I learned to sew when I was six and return to it time after time. For me, sewing is a great stress buster. This is the first time I have tried this type of a post. Please be gentle with me.

I am working on eating a more plant based diet. That means I wanted to cut down on spoilage so I don’t need to go to the store more than once a week. I searched articles about how to store veggies and learned a lot! A few mentioned using muslin or mesh bags. I know we can’t take our own bags to the store but I am transferring them to my cloth bags as soon as I come home. I thought I would share my process for the produce bags I made. My bags are patterned after something I saw online. I know there are Etsy stores selling fabric food storage bags too. I have been using them for a few weeks and I am happy to get my greens out of the plastic for storage. I am going to make a few more for cucumbers and radishes. These are very basic instructions. If you have questions, I am happy to give more details.

I cut the fabric 12” x 16” – I made my own bias tape because I was out of packaged tape. The fabric I used is a muslin with a waffle texture. I think you could do this with regular muslin, maybe doubled to give is more shape. I bought this at Joann’s last summer – around $5 a yard. The selvage edge is finished enough that I didn’t add binding to that edge.
Sew bias tape along one 12” edge. Fold the fabric up 5” and pin the two longer edges.

Sew bias tape on the two longer edges (where the fabric is pinned). Turn the upper and lower edge of bias under so you have a smooth edge.
And you are done! I am using this size for my salad greens. I wash the greens and put them into the fridge still a bit damp. They are staying really fresh and crisp and I don’t have my greens wrapped in plastic.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

13 thoughts on “Fiber Friday

  1. Oh! I love this! Thanks for sharing your process. I usually use mesh bags for greens, but haven’t since the pandemic. I’m going to follow your lead here, and start transferring my veggies to cloth/mesh bags when unpacking. (And I’m definitely going to look for some of that waffle-muslin . . . if I ever get back into a fabric store again!) XO

  2. I love your waffle-y greens bags…they are so pretty with the bias tape you made…I’ve never seen that type of muslin…
    ~Have a lovely day!

  3. Love it! In most stores here you can use your own bags, you have to pack them yourselves though. I have a netted produce bag that I use, but I like yours for storage!!

  4. Sewing is unfortunately at the very bottom of my fiber skills…and I envy you yours!! These bags are wonderful!!! I’m probably one of the few people toting a mask that was entirely hand sewn!!! My machine and I have very different visions of projects!

  5. Very cool! I made lots of doll clothes when I learned to sew; did you? Now I have a few quilts to finish because I am very good at procrastinating doing the binding. Have a good weekend!

  6. Thank you for this tutorial! I’ve been putting my greens in plastic or glass containers after I wash and cut them up, but those are so hard to store when the fridge starts to fill up. These seem like a nice, flexible solution. This tutorial is awesome!!

  7. Excellent! I have some mesh bags, already in the ‘frig, er uh – empty! I generally use them for apples but never tho’t about greens! Will begin, immediately! Brilliant and Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Thank you. This is a great idea and I appreciate the instructions. I was using mesh produce bags before the pandemic. Most of our local grocery stores don’t allow reusable bags right now. I understand the reasoning but it makes me sad.

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