I like to add a tab to the top of my shopping bags. It helps when packing the groceries at the checkout.
All you need is a little scrap of fabric. The colours don't even have to match the bag.
The tabs shown in the photos were made from a piece of fabric 3" x 2". Since then I've made them a little longer, starting with fabric that is 4" x 2".
- Fold fabric in half lengthwise and press.
- Open out so the fold line (crease) can be seen.
- Fold the long sides in till they meet the middle fold line.
- Fold in half again.
- Begin topstitching about ¼" from the short edge to make it easier for the fabric to feed properly.
- Backstitch at start and finish.
- Topstitch close to the edge on both long sides - about ⅛". If your machine doesn't co-operate, either move the stitching further away from the edges, or move the machine needle to the left (if your machine has this function).
- Attach to the right side of the top of one bag piece, by basting (hand sew with a long stitch).
- Machine stitch ¼" from the edge.
- Reinforce by stitching back and forth several times.
- Sew up the bag as you normally would, sandwiching the tab in between the right side of the outer fabric and the lining.
A handy little feature, and easy as!!! To add a tab to the inside seam of a bag, follow the same method, making the tab shorter, though.
My reusable grocery bags post has pictures of the whole shopping bag.
The contents of a shopping bag are very telling, aren't they? I may have a reusable grocery bag, but you can see three plastic bottles in there. Granted, they can be recycled, but that's not as good as not buying them in the first place.
I haven't figured out a way to eliminate the use of plastic milk bottles, but I no longer buy bottled water (except on the very odd occasion when I'm out and have forgotten to bring my reusable water bottle). We've purchased a water filter that we're very happy with. It'll pay for itself within a year, but more importantly is drastically reducing the amount of plastic I buy.
The amount of plastic we are generating in the world is a real problem. I'd love to hear how you have managed to cut down on plastic use?