Mesh Bag DIY
Reduce your consumption of single use plastic with this Mesh Bag DIY! Simple to make and easy to wash; perfect for your next trip to the supermarket!
Step 1 – Cut a 40cm x 60cm rectangle of mesh. Increase or decrease the size based on the desired size of the bag.
Step 2 – Fold both side edges in 1cm and pin. Fold the top edge down 2cm and stitch 1.5cm from the fold to make a casing for the cord. Clip side edges just below the casing.
Step 3 – Fold the rectangle in half wrong sides together and stitch .5cm along side and bottom.
Step 4 – Turn right side in and hand press the seam. Stitch .5cm along side and bottom to make a french seam.
Step 5 – Turn right side out. Cut 55-60cm of cord. Attach a safety pin to one end and pull through the casing.
Step 6 – Add a cord stop and secure the ends with a knot.
Tip: Heat the ends of the cord with a lighter to stop fraying. * don’t try this with cotton cord!!!
Let’s make these bags out of natural fibre mesh! No sense using mesh that is made from oil based meshes.
Hi Lorna, Thanks for your comment; great idea! This DIY pattern can be used with the fabric/mesh of your choice. Happy Sewing!
Great idea but wouldn’t put it on the scale with fruit in because it surelweighs more than the plastic, so we’d be charged more than we should he.
Thanks for your feedback, Bonnie. You can choose to use a different type of textile for the project, but this mesh is very lightweight. Any of the reusable bags on the market may add a very minimal amount of weight to the total, but there are ways around that…such as weighing without the bag. Happy Sewing!