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DIY Reusable Product Bags for Veggies and Fruit at the Grocery Store

For even a small family of 3, I bring home a decent amount of produce. Apples, oranges, potatoes, etc. Many of those come in bulk plastic bags, but your can bring your own reusable produce bags like these to easily skip the plastic. Every little bit helps, right? Plus, you get to pick out all your produce so there's no chance of a bad piece of fruit being in the mix.


  • 1 yard of muslin fabric
  • natural color thread
  • 8-10 ft of paracord
  • sewing machine
  • safety pin
  • iron


Step 1: Begin by washing, drying, and ironing your fabric. Fold the muslin in half widthwise twice. Then, cut along the second fold. You should have 2 pieces of folded muslin.

  • Fold them both so that the selvage pieces are all touching. Cut along that fold. Repeat with the other folded piece. You should have 4 pieces of folded muslin.

Step 2: Sew a line along each long side leaving the top open. Take your sewn pieces to the ironing board and press your seams open. Then, fold the opening about 1.5" and press with the iron.

    Step 3: Flip your bag outside in and flip up the top fold. Sew a button hole* just below the pressed fold and cut a hole for your paracord drawstring. Flip the bag inside out again and sew the top hem closed.

    • * You can also just cut a slit in the fabric, but there is a chance it could fray. Another option would be a grommet big enough for 2 strands of paracord to get through. Whatever is easiest for you!

    Step 4: Attach a safety pin the the end of your paracord and insert it into the button hole. Push it through all the way around the top of your bag until it reaches the other side.

    • Pull the paracord through the button hole. Making sure the top of the bag is flat and not tightened by the paracord, measure 8" of paracord and cut both strands. Knot the ends to ensure they don't unravel. To secure even more, use a lighter to melt the plastic to prevent unraveling (but please be careful!).

    Step 5: Pull your cord tight and tie to secure your produce. You can put virtually anything in these reusable produce bags just like you'd use a plastic produce bag. Don't forget to put them in your grocery bags to use at the store!