- Knitted market bags here, here, here, here, here
- Crochet market bags here, here, here, here, here
- Produce bag patterns here, here, here, here, here, here
- Sewn totes and shopping bags here (this one even folds up!), here, here, here (another fold up version), here
- This post has links to 35 different grocery bag patterns
- There's quite a few patterns at Lion brand for both knit and crochet
- There's some great sewn lunch bag patterns here, here, here
- Food wraps and bags here, here, here
- A tutorial on making 'yarn' from recycled plastic bags - works well for knitting or crocheting market bags
- A tutorial on making 'fabric' from recycled plastic bags - great to sew lunch sacks or wraps (here's another with more detail and info about sewing too)
- A list of projects using recycled plastic bags in all different ways
There's an almost endless supply of tutorials and patterns out there and this is just a taste!
Please let us know your experiences about patterns and materials, but also how it goes using them -
- which ones are quickest/easiest/most fun to make?
- which ones are best to use/last the longest/easiest to carry over long distances?
- what materials wash well/are most robust/least expensive/nicest to work with?
- any other patterns/techniques/tutorials you'd like to recommend?
- any advice on packaging that contacts food like sandwich wrappers and how to ensure they are non toxic and wash properly?
- what's your favourite 'green' shopping/packaging/carrying accessory and why? I love my envirosax, which I received as gifts, because they are super lightweight and fold up quickly and easily to something very small (I leave my 2 in my handbag all the time) and they are big and strong enough to hold a good sized unplanned shop at the supermarket. I can throw them in the wash and they dry fast and after a lot of use they aren't showing any signs of wear, they are darn near perfect as far as I can tell