Green Grocery Bag Challenge ~ Tutorials and Inspiration

on December 5 | in Sew Good (Charity Sewing) | by | with 9 Comments

Green Grocery Bag Challenge

spacer Last month we told you about The Green Grocery Bag Challenge, a project to encourage people to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth bags. We’re thrilled that so many of you have responded positively to this challenge. Many people have written about it on their blogs and joined us on Facebook. I’ve received emails telling me about how whole families are on board.  Lots of people have shared their links to bag tutorials and tips for wrapping. Here are just a few that I wanted to pass on to you.
spacer In case you missed it, Florence from Flossie Tea Cakes wrote a great post for us about wrapping using cloth bags. You won’t miss wrapping paper once you change your mindset and apply a few simple tips.
spacer Michelle of Cloud9 Fabrics shares her thoughts regarding the recent reports about high lead content in store-bought “fabric” bags. She also has some great tips for sewing grocery totes.


spacer Thanks to Mary Ann, a moderator, Craftster is having a Green Grocery Bag Challenge contest! After Christmas, submit photos of your gifts wrapped in cloth bags for a chance to win a gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!
spacer Annabel of Earthgirl Fabrics has a tutorial for this fantastic reversible grocery bag.
spacer Kellan of Green Experiments has a tutorial for this nice reversible bag. A great alternative to strap handles!
spacer Teresa, The Green Bag Lady, is giving away 25 reusable cloth holiday bags! Teresa is the inspiration behind the Green Grocery Bag Challenge. Use her tutorial or video to whip up a quick and easy cloth bag.
spacer Lark Crafts shows you how to make a super cute felt bag with a fabric embellishment.
spacer Shelly of Figgys Studio has rounded up some amazing bags for sale if you aren’t up to making all of your own.
spacer Kate of Needle and Spatula has a great tutorial for this bag with two fabrics and ties. It would make an excellent gift bag as well as a stylish shopping bag.
spacer Cayce from Sustainable Homestead has some fantastic ideas for gifting holiday food or small items in reusable sandwich or produce bags.
spacer Terri of Terri’s Notebook has a good tutorial for a simple, yet pretty reversible tote.
spacer Chelsea at Yarngeek has a tutorial for a cool folding grocery tote.
spacer Coralee of The Angry Turtle made these brilliant little cards to attach to her gifts to explain to her friends and family why their presents are wrapped in grocery bags!

Join us on The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page where we’ll continue to post wrapping ideas, sewing patterns and tips for reducing waste this holiday season. You can also join our GGBC Flickr group to share photos of your bags and gifts wrapped in bags.

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9 Responses to Green Grocery Bag Challenge ~ Tutorials and Inspiration

  1. brenda says:

    I especially like the folding bags that take up less room when not in use.

  2. KJ says:

    I spread the word about this great challenge today. I found a rice bag for “Little Angel” White Rice and transformed it using festive fabric into a reusable Christmas tote.

  3. Terriaw says:

    What a great campaign, especially this time of year when we tend to throw away too much wrapping paper. I love the variety of projects offered here! Thanks so much for including my simple tote tutorial in this project! It really is fun to make and easy to customize or embellish.

  4. Cara says:

    What a great idea! And just in time for gift-giving season…

  5. SewLindaAnn says:

    Making your own bags is fun and gifting them is even better. I’m making a few different ones for gifts this year. Thanks for all the great links.

  6. What great idea’s and great cause!

  7. cherrie says:

    Thanks for sharing these links. I am especially interested in the lead in shopping bags one.

  8. Great bags. So much prettier than plastic grocery bags.
    You can be green and stylish simultaneously!

  9. duff says:

    I really like Chelsea at Yarngeek’s tutorial–it’s full of photos and so easy to follow! I might have to put down my Practical Bag pattern (grand revival) and try one of these out!

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