If you can sew a straight line, you can make these good-looking drawstring bags, which use repurposed tea towels to replace plastic produce bags. The best part? Their ingenious construction doesn't require hemming!These sacks are made by folding a tea towel or flour sack towel in half and sewing up the sides. The sack is turned right-side out and a piece of twine is drawn through the hem of the towel to make the drawstring. We never would have thought of putting a drawstring through the already-existing channel created by the towel's hem — so smart!
We like the idea of reusing old or stained dishtowels for this project. And if you are worried about paying extra for the weight of these bags at the market, remember that most stores will subtract the tare weight for you. If you are feeling extra-crafty, you could even use stamps or fabric markers to decoratively mark the tare weight on the outside of the bag, so you don't forget.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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