grocery tote bagsWelcome to “Sewing Cloth Grocery Bags,” a series of posts by Teresa Peschel that goes into detail about how to mass-produce cloth replacements for petroleum-derived and easily trashed plastic bags. Instead of sending bags off to the landfill, get rid of them completely. After a few hours at the sewing machine and ironing board, you’ll have beautiful, long-lasting, and easily repairable substitutes that will make you the envy at Whole Foods or Wegmans.

This list is sorted in the order they were published, with the oldest one at the top.

If you want to read more about Teresa’s sewing projects, read the NotQuilt series over at Planetpeschel.

  • Cloth Grocery Bags: Introduction We all use grocery bags. We buy our groceries, get them bagged, take them home and then, well, what do we do with those one-use bags? Paper grocery bags can be ...
  • Choosing Grocery Bag Fabric What kind of fabric should you use to make cloth grocery bags? The easy answer is the cheap kind, but this is not completely accurate. The weight and sewability of ...
  • Finding New and Used Fabric Where do you get the fabric? You start at any fabric store. Joann’s is a national chain, they run good sales, they have a clearance rack, and they provide discount ...
  • Laying Out Totebag Panels and Gusset Now that we’ve chosen our fabric, let’s turn to the sizing of the totebag panels and gusset. I’ve found that the most effective grocery bags have panels that are taller than ...
  • Washing fabric Should you wash the fabric you are going to use to make cloth grocery bags? As always, it seems, the answer is “it depends.” If the fabric is new, unstained, odor-free, ...
  • How to make cloth grocery bags Today we learn how to make cloth grocery bags. I developed this list because I demand a lot from them: * They should last forever. * They should stand, at least a ...
  • Sewing tools for cloth grocery bags Here are a few tools I recommend that will make sewing cloth grocery bags easier. (We should have pictures of the gadgets) A sewing machine, needles, pins, thread. You can sew ...