This month I’ve been joining in with plastic free July and have been talking about reducing our single use plastic waste. Although the ultimate goal is to live ‘plastic free’, the most important thing is to cut down on plastics that have a life span of a few minutes. Coffee cups, straws, carrier bags and water bottles are four of the main offenders. Something used for a moment then chucked in the bin. I think a lot of people are on board with reusable bags these days, it just takes a little planning ahead. So why not go one step further and think of ways around stopping using those little flimsy veg bags you get in the supermarket? Can I hear you all shouting “count me in”?! Of course, glad you can join me.
So i’ve got a super easy hack for you to turn unwanted babygrows into pretty little produce bags! If you’ve got some old babygrows / vests, scissors, cotton and can vaguely navigate a sewing machine (or have a willing friend who can) you’re in with a fighting chance of getting these spot on.
If I was a more efficient sewer I would tell you to wash and iron your babygrow before starting this project, but hey let’s face it, I haven’t washed my kitchen floor in about six months so let’s assume my iron hasn’t seen the light of day for quite a while.
Start by cutting a straight edge along the bottom removing the popper section (don’t throw away as that may come in handy later).
Turn the babygrow inside out so the right sides of the fabric are touching and you can see the seams. Again, if I was a more organised person I would probably pin along the edge I’m about to sew to keep it nice and neat, but hey I’m lazy.
Use a zig zag stitch as that tends to be better for stretchy fabric. I always double over my first and last few stitches so they stay nice and tight. Try to stay quite near to the edge as you don’t really want a big hem.
Turn inside out, and…voila!!
The downside to these is that the cotton weighs more than say a muslin or fabric which is virtually weightless. One of these weighs about 30g (a small apple is 150g) so you need to be mindful of that when deciding what you will use them for. I weight my veg first then stick them in the bag after. The nice thing about these is they are 100% cotton and and because the fabric is that little bit thicker it protects delicate fruit. I just love looking at them and thinking of my little squish wearing it once upon a time!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and I love hearing your comments so drop me a note below! I’m going to be sharing my other produce bag hacks soon so let me know if there is anything you would like to see!