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Reuseable Homemade Staples
January 13, 2011
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Pete
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One of these days I hope to use the chicken layer pellet, sugar and some of the dog food bags to make totes from.  They are so colorful and made from what seems to be a very strong plasticized fabric of some sort.  The sugar bags especially should be fine for carrying food stuffs surely since it had sugar in it.   yes

Am thinking that some sort of webbing should be used for the straps for strength.

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January 13, 2011
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I want to try weaving re-usable bags using plastic grocery bags as weft one of these days.  I figure I would use either cotton rug warp or hemp twine as warp.  The bags would be washable, but they couldn't go into the dryer.

George Orwell - 1984
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January 13, 2011
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lavenderblue said:

Do any of our homesewers have a good source of real oil cloth? That seems to be what was used in the 'Skip to My Lou” link. The kind with the fuzzy-ish backing that grandma (or great-grandma, for some of you) thumbtacked to her kitchen table?


 A great cloth for this is a painters dropcloth. You can paint it, stretch it, and put clear poly on it. If you want it for your kitchen table, find a fine wood shop (or search online) for food stable polyeurathane.

You can also make outdoor painted rugs with them, its awesome and they come in several different sizes

January 14, 2011
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For oilcloth, also try at a marine supply store.  I have found some great fabrics there that are completely waterproof and beautiful.  

Just dont know about if they are food grade safe, but a quick question would settle that.

queen of make it fit

January 14, 2011
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I cut the straps for the bags out of the bags themselves.  I cut a strip off the top of the bag a little over twice as wide as I wanted the strap to be, folded the raw edges under, and topstitched them a couple of times.  Worked great!  Your only expense is for a little thread.

I use 50 pound sacks, so there is plenty of material–sometimes I made two bags out of one sack.

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January 14, 2011
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My BIL saved all of his 50# feed bags for me…plastic-y, not burlap.  I ran them through the washer to clean them.  I'm going to make tote bags out of them.  They were supposed to be made for this past Christmas (to use as the gift bag itself), but didn't get around to it–for sure next year! :)

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January 14, 2011
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This site tells how to prep plastic bags and crochet them into totes.

 

http://crafts.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Plastic_Bags_Crochet

 

On my crochet group a lot of women made these and really liked them.

 

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January 15, 2011
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I thought about buying the reusable shopping bag set at FlyLady.net. I have LOTS of reusable bags in the back of my van, but what caught my eye about this set is that two of the bags in the set are insulated and wipeable for meats and other messy items. I've bought several things through this site before, and I LOVE everything I've gotten.

Now I just need to remember to actually get the bags from the back of my van before entering the grocery store!

January 16, 2011
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I have thought about using the bags that frozen veggies come in to make sandwich bags. They are food safe and tough. My family thinks I'm nuts already, so what is one more crazy idea!!

Pete, I have used the pet food bags for purse type totes for taking stuff to work. I like the idea of cutting the bags in strips and using for handles, but tough on the hands when the handles start to crack from use. I use my old standby recycled sheets for lining and handles.

If you folks keep coming up with these great ideas none of us are going to have any garbage this year. YEAH!!!

May 14, 2011
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I know that this is a little late for this thread but as I have said before I am catching up on all I have missed and enjoying it.

 

OOOOOOOh the possibilities with shopping bags.  I have several that I got from Wal Mart, Dillons (Kroger) and a couple that were giveaways.  A couple of these are large enough that I can put a cardboard box such as you get bottled water etc.  That adds a little weight to the bag and I have the clerks put the jugs of milk in those.  I had thought about the plexiglass for bottoms.   I hate those flimsy little bottoms in them.  You all have got me thinking about making some with an insert in it to make it in to a cooler type thing. 

 

My daughter has a shopping bag that she is able to wad up and it will fit into her purse.  It is a cloth crocheted type thing.  I will have to ask her where she got it.

 

Karaleigh, I can relate to the problem of getting the bags from the trunk into the store because I am forevering forgetting to put mine back into the car.  Now, I just put them on the floor in the passenger side of the car.

December 8, 2019
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annabel52 said
The reuseable sandwich bags I made were lined with unbleached muslin. They did not keep the sandwich as fresh as a vinyl liner but was just fine for me. I too am concerned about food contact with polyvinyl coated fabric. If I had a messy sandwich I just wrapped in wax paper first (I know its not saving, but it keeps the inside clean). The latest ones I have made have been with untreated nylon.

I make the reuseable shopping bags with t shirts. Really easy and those suckers hold a ton of stuff. I use them for storage (yarn,fabric,stuffing) and they work great. I also crochet market bags with t shirt yarn (a little bulky, but strong). I did one for a swap and they are time consuming but sturdy. I also recycled an old curtain for use as a meat shopping bag. Remember the old curtains that were lined with a rubbery, vinyl stuff (60’s or 70’s) can’t remember what the fabric was called. Works great, washes great and since the food dosen’t touch the lining it is food safe. Mine is a lovely harvest gold!  I also have reuseable shopping bags made using the walmart plastic bag as a pattern, only my bag has a pocket and is made from vintage sheets.

Some people say “yuck” when I say I recycle old sheets, like they have never been washed! I personally think the sheets offer a sturdy, easily cleaned fabric that is readily available and economical.  A twin sheet is about 2 yards and I usually pick them up for $1 or less. I always wash newly acquired sheets at least twice in warm water with vinegar and line dry them in the sun. They not only smell good but are really clean.  

Remember I do, poly-vinyl chloride, same as what the old baby rubber pants I used on my kids back in the 80’s, were made of. The cloth diaper days…

January 16, 2020
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happy-flower in our area a lot of the stores are talkin about not using plastic or paper bags anymore so I’ve been looking for a reusable shopping bags and I have quite a few so far that I accumulated that are made out of a canvas like material so they’re easy to wash and keep clean in a way I’m glad that they’re doing away with the plastic bags it seems like every time we have a good wind I find grocery bags flying around and that’s just not a good thing they end up in places they shouldn’t. Song I’m glad that they are using more reusable bags. I have several bags and I’ve purchased from Aldi’s and used over the years that are good have a substantial bags so I guess I’m set!

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January 19, 2020
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