A regular chore becomes less of a bore when you use it as an excuse to show off your DIY talents! Grocery bags are an every day item that become a little less ordinary when you put some creativity into making your own. Plus, you’ll be doing the environment a favor by reducing your use of disposable and plastic bags. That’s a win for everyone! Here are some of our favorite crafty ideas for making your own grocery bags and shopping totes.
If you sew, you’re in luck—there are literally hundreds of patterns for shopping and tote bags available online, in a variety of sizes and using a wide range of materials. Just pick your favorite fabric and style! Personally, we like those that fold up to carry in a pocket or purse, so we always have a bag when we need one.
If you don’t sew, you’re still in luck! Canvas tote bags come in all sizes and shapes, and cost only a few dollars apiece. They’re ready for you to decorate with your own personal style. Think stencils and paint, iron-on letters and shapes or even 3-D embellishments like pom-poms and tassels!
Knitters and crocheters can use their favorite fibers to whip up custom shopping totes, too. Or how about a handmade produce bag made with trendy macramé techniques? Our favorite trick is using “plarn”—that’s yarn made out of reclaimed plastic grocery bags. Shopping bags made out of plarn are sturdy and long-lasting, and a great way to recycle plastic that might otherwise get thrown away.
If upcycling is your thing (it is ours!) then you’ll love these ideas! With a little invention and know-how, you can turn practically anything into a shopping bag. Not only will you be doing the environment a favor by keeping trash out of the landfill, you’re sure to get a lot of attention for your savvy style!