I remember on the old site someone talking about making reusable trash bags, and I had commented that I would like to make reusable bags for my recycling. Then, that idea just sat there for what seems like forever.
Well, not anymore.
Today, I purchased a couple yards of 0this fun outdoor bird material (because, birds!) and figured I’d be able to make one or two bags.
I came home and got a plastic 13 gallon trash bag for a guide and measured it. Then I added an inch and a half to encase the paracord I bought for the drawstring.
I cut the fabric, then notched out a small section on each end so I don’t sew closed my paracord encasing. Then, I sewed that part first. I sewed it with the paracord in my fold with clips so I didn’t have to guide it through afterwards, then sewed the seams.
I cut out 2.5" square on each bottom to give it a boxy bottom, and then voila! I added a metal cord stop to each side of my bag and sewed a square stop to encase both loose ends of the paracord (like you would a visible zipper end).
I have visible raw seams, but this is my practice run and I wanted to be sure the size was correct and it would work. I want to probably make about 4 more because while we can put all types of recycling together in one bag, our recycling drop off location has asked us to empty the bags and not just throw the bags in their collection site. We had been reusing the plastic bags, but these should last longer and be washable. Anyway, now that I know the size and style works, I will make the next ones more polished. I’m pretty excited the lid still fits! (not shown, so just trust me on this!)
also, the fabric is more blue than purple in real life