October is Scrapbusters Month over at http://www.sewmamasew.com/ and I decided to get into the spirit and use up some of my scraps. I ended up making lots of things, but I thought that this would be pretty useful for most as an alternative to the rolls of plastic produce bags in the grocery store. The measurements are very flexible, and I think that having bars of cotton fabric instead of total construction of mesh will help it hold up longer. Another bonus is that this is a project that it doesn't judge...if you stitch a seam crooked...it still functions!
I clarified reinforcing the mesh in this video. It is a little rough holding the camera and recording, but I hope it helps!
scraps of mesh (I found this as a remnant in the fabric store, but repurposed sheer curtains, and netting works also.)
Length of ribbon (mine was 24 inches)
Fabric scraps--I used pieces from my cut 2.5 inch strip bin (which is the same as a jelly roll width)-what a great way to use some of those leftover prints!
1. Cut the mesh you have to a rectangle shape. This can vary--I made a bag large enough for a few pounds of apples...you may want just enough for a few onions. I will give my measurements throughout. Mesh = 12 inches x 22 inches
2. Cut Fabric to size.
Top fabric: 4" x 22"
Two pieces of side fabric: 1.5" x 12"
Bottom piece: 2.5" x 22"
3. Prepare Top Casing
Fold in half (wrong side together) along the 22" length and iron. Fold 1/2" in on each side and press. (see drawing)
4. Attach Top Casing
Open up and use a zig-zag stitch to attach mesh to casing. I made sure the stitching was about 1/2" into the mesh to help it not tear too easily.
Fold over casing and stitch in place.
5. Attach the bottom piece to the mesh with a zig-zag stitch (outside of mesh bag is touching the right side of fabric.