DIY Reusable Grocery Bag

 

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DIY Reusable Grocery Bag

You step out of your car into the fresh spring air. The wind itself blows an essence of warmth & invitation. The hues, textures, & smells of the fresh fruits and vegetables long for you to reach out, touch, smell, & experience. The atmosphere feels like home as you taste the samples of what came straight from God’s creation. Everything is fresh and everything is homegrown. One by one, you selectively pick out items to taste & try on a new recipe when you get home. Oh how I love a good Farmers’ Market Weekend!! Don’t you? 

Farmers' Market

Image Source: John Tornow, Creative Commons

I love to grab a handful of my reusable grocery bags and fill them with whatever colorful foods are on the market for the day. And I must admit, I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to reusable grocery bags! So to feed into my hoarding tendencies, I’ve crafted up an easy DIY project so that you can make your own cute, environmentally friendly grocery bag as well. 

At first, it was always hard for me to remember to bring in my reusable grocery bags when I went grocery shopping but I find it helpful to keep a basketful in the back seat of my car where I keep my purse. If you keep your purse in the front seat, store your reusable bags up there. That way, when you go to grab your purse, you see your reusable grocery bags as well. 

But that’s was just a little helpful tidbit I threw in there free of charge, let’s get on with today’s craft. You ready? Ok! Let’s get crafting!!

Supplies:

  • Blank canvas tote (I got mine from Hobby Lobby for $1.99)
  • Cricut Iron-on Vinyl (my favorite kind to buy are the glittery ones…of course!)
  • Cricut Explorer
  • Cricut Cutting Mat
  • Iron
  • Cute design

DIY Reusable Grocery Bag

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your design. If you are designing your own, like I did (on Adobe Illustrator CC), make sure you save your design as a .svg file. If you don’t have any design skills, that’s ok, you can design lots of cute things using the Cricut Design Space. There’s even an app for that on your iPad!

    DIY Reusable Grocery Bags

    If designing on Adobe Illustrator, don’t forget to save the file as a .svg

  2. Log on to Cricut Design Space. If you made your design on another program, you’ll need to upload your design onto the Design Space as a “Vector Upload”. Once uploaded, you’ll need to resize your design (if necessary), ungroup it, & weld. (As shown below) Why all these steps?! I don’t know but it’s really important!!
    Cricut Design Space
  3. Once your design is ready, click on the happy little green cricket “Go” button. This is where you’ll prepare & confirm your mat. Carefully apply your vinyl to the Cricut cutting mat. Be sure to select “Mirror Image” especially if you have text in your design. But once, you’re here Design Space will take you step by step in getting ready to cut.  Note: When I’m using the glitter iron-on vinyl, I noticed that’s it a bit heavier than the regular iron-on vinyl, therefore I select either “Light Cardstock” or “Cardstock” when selecting a Dial Position. 
    Cricut Design Space
    Cricut Design Space
    Cricut Design Space
  4. While your Cricut is being awesome, take the time to prep your bag. Iron out any kinks and wrinkles you might see. This ensures a perfect transfer when ironing on your design.
  5. Once your design is cut out, carefully peel it off the cutting mat & position it on your canvas bag. I found it a lot easier if your bag is freshly warmed by the iron when you apply the vinyl, it transfers & sticks better…so warm up that bag before you position your design!
  6. When you’re satisfied with where your design is, carefully iron that puppy on! Don’t apply too much pressure, but just enough to make sure the design transfers. You don’t want the transfer plastic to start sticking on your hot iron. I like to iron on in small light strokes! (Note: I had my iron on medium-high)
  7. Allow the vinyl to cool before removing the transfer plastic
  8. Peel off the plastic & wa-la!! You have your very own made-by-you reusable grocery bag to tag along with you at the Farmers’ Market!!

DIY Reusable Grocery Bag DIY Reusable Grocery Bag

DIY Reusable Grocery Bag

Where do you use your reusable bags?