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Reusable Produce Bags with Tare Weight Tag!

Created By:

Trish - Trish Stitched

Skill Level: Beginner

These quick and easy bags are the perfect companion for your next food shopping trip! For bulkier produce like apples and potatoes or refilling dry goods like beans! Includes two sizes and an optional tare weight tag! Make this bag more sustainable by making it out of old linens - my bags are made from a secondhand tablecloth!

Why include a tare weight tag? When buying produce or dry goods by the pound, the tare weight indicates the weight of the fabric bag, so you are only charged for what you are buying! Not including a tag? Consider making your produce bags out of lighter weight fabrics!

Janome Supplies Required

You Will Need:

Fabric: For Large Bag: 28" x 13", Small Bag 20" x 10"

Drawstring: macrame cord shown here, 3mm

Safety Pin, Scissors, Marking Tool and Ruler

For optional tare weight tag you will need: food or mail scale, scrap fabric, and contrast color thread. My machine can stitch letters and numbers, if that isn't an option on your machine, you can write your weight with a fabric marker!

I'm sewing using the Janome AirThread2000D Serger, and Janome Memory Craft 15000.

Instructions

Cut out fabric. Large Bag : 28" x 13", Small Bag : 20" x 13"

Serge all 4 sides of fabric. (Sewing without a serger? Use the zig zag stitch on your machine!)

Fold fabric right sides together, short ends lining up, creating your bag. Stitch one side of bag with 3/8" seam allowance and iron open seam.

Press top serged edge down. From the folded top, mark down 1/2" along top of bag. This will be our fold line.

On the open side, mark down 1" from the top and clip into serging, stopping at 3/8".

Fold and iron in serged corner on each bag side. Fold top down on the 1/2" line, and stitch along bottom fold to create our channel. Cut drawstring. For large bag, 38" long, for small bag, 30" long.

OPTIONAL: Tare weight tag!

Cut a piece of scrap fabric 2" x 5". I used a coordinating solid scrap out of lightweight cotton.

Using a food or mail scale, weigh your fabric and drawstring.

On your scrap fabric, mark the halfway line with an erasable/water soluble marking tool. (This is our foldline). Also mark 1/2" from one edge of short side. (This is where out text will start stitching). Using the lettering feature on your machine, type "Tare Weight ___ oz" and stitch text, lining up drawn line with edge of presser foot. (On my Janome Memory Craft 15000, I used the Block text, Small print.)

One stitching is complete, measure 1/2" from end of stitching and mark. Cut excess fabric off tag, and then mark 1/4" on each short end, to fold raw ends in. Seam rip and snip extra stitches off. Erase pencil/pen markings.

Fold tag sides in 1/4", iron. Fold tag in half, wrong sides together, iron, and stitch short edges closed.

From top of bag, mark down 2.5" on open side and pin tare weight tag in place.

With right sides together, pin and stitch down the side of bag at 3/8", stitching right up to the bag channel. Turn bag right side out.

Tie one end of drawstring on safety pin and feed pin through channel. Remove string from pin and tie string ends together.

Your bags are ready for shopping!

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Reviews


Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
pjmnana
PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!

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