How To Make A Reusable Bulk-Food Bag: Let’s Get It Started!
1. Cut a rectangle that is 8″ x 24″. Cutting the muslin is as straightforward as cutting straight lines. The bag sizing can be whatever you’d like, but you have to keep in mind that you’ll want to be able to fit the whole scoop in the bag so that nothing falls out (especially with flour or sugar) therefore make it a little bit wider than you might think.
I’ve found that an all-around good size is cutting a rectangle that is 8″ wide x 24″ long.
The bag is that long because you will fold it in half so that you only have to a sew a seam on either side to make the bag. If you plan on making more bags, now is a good time to crank those out.
2. Select stencil and marker and prepare fabric. You may want to color-coordinate the marker color with the T-shirt tie that you’ll be making later in the tutorial. Or you can just go crazy with color—whatever suits your fancy.
Take your piece of muslin and fold it in half to make a bag that is now 8″ x 12″. If the muslin is super wrinkly, run a warm iron over it to flatten it a little bit, but don’t worry about making it wrinkle-free. It’s not necessary.
Place the piece of cardboard in between the two layers of fabric and then place your stencil where you’d like it on the bag. Keep in mind that when the bag is full, it will be harder to see the bottom of the bag and the sides of the bag near the seam, so I recommend that you start your design at least 1/2″ in from the edges.
3. Color in stencil and write bin number. Your stencil will not only include your decorative word or image, but to keep this bag zero-waste, you’ll also want to leave room for the bin number of your favorite item.
A bag with bin number lets you save time and spare the trash bin. You can hand write (or use number stencils) the (usually) 4-digit bin number of the flour, sugar, quinoa, nuts, etc., on your bag.
Next: Steps 4-6.