Probably 75% of the time I forget my reusable grocery bags out in the car. And sometimes I won’t even think about them until I’m filling the back of my car full of those weird plastic bags filled with bananas and glitter or whatever.
But here lately I’m remembering more. Or I’m bringing Russell who I can send out for them when I remember as I’m checking out :) But I figured it was time to get some bags that are mainly for use with fruits and veggies. The vast majority of my shopping I do at a local grocery store, but most of my fruit and veg I buy from Aldi. Simply put, they have killer prices on produce. And it’s always nice and fresh, too.
When you go into Aldi they make you pay for your bags. And nothing will make me remember my reusable market bags more than knowing I’m going to have to pay for them if I forget. I’m crazy cheap. And, yeah, they’re only like 6 cents apiece but over time that adds up, people. (starting to sound like my father)
At any rate I wanted some mesh crochet market bags but I just couldn’t find the time to crochet some up myself. And then I saw these blanks from Dharma Trading and it was like, just add dye? I can totally do that! While this tutorial is insanely simple it’s also really satisfying to be knocking around some bags that others ask where you got them from!
Oh, and they also have ones with smaller straps/handles here.
I used some left over tie dye from another project to keep from wasting it. Since I was going all one color I just placed a piece of plastic wrap on my work surface and then squeezed the dye all over the bag. Wear some gloves because you’ll find yourself needing to knead the mesh to get the dye to really soak in.
Alternatively you can dye these in a pot of dye on the stove or whatever dye you prefer. I’m just using what I had on hand in an effort to be kind of green about the whole thing. I mean that’s the whole point of the bags, right? Use more and waste less?
I balled up my bags and tossed them into some of those hideous plastic bags I was formerly talking about. They are terrible for the environment but boy can they come in handy!
Allow to sit as long as the dye suggests. For Tulip tie dye you’ve got 6 hours to kill.
Rinse out the excess dye and then give them a quick spin in the washing machine. Toss in some Shout Color Catchers to be sure the colors don’t bleed onto one another if you have them.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why the red one isn’t pictured… it’s because I lost it. Dang! Hope you’re having a happy and exciting Friday!