Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bulk Food Bags

You know that book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, where the mouse is forever being reminded of something else he wants to do?

(Paraphrased) "If you give a mouse a cookie, he'll probably ask you for a glass of milk. And if you give him a glass of milk... he'll want to look in the mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache. And when he looks in the mirror, he'll notice that his hair needs a trim..." and so on and so forth.

Sometimes I feel like that mouse.

I go upstairs to get something for one project, and I get sidetracked into a totally new project.

Today, for example, I went into the office/sewing room to look for tabbed dividers for a 3-ring binder. And when I came out 45 minutes later, I had made these:

Like the mouse in the book, when I entered the office I noticed my basket of fabric. And it reminded me that I wanted to make little sacks for bulk foods from the co-op. The inspiration came from an internet article written by a former student's mother.

I started with three small sacks for the bulk foods I buy in small batches, like nuts. Now that I've got the hang of it, I think I'll make some larger ones for foods like rice, lentils, and beans.

Cat fabric. No surprises there.

The ties are sewed into the seam, so they'll never get lost!

I just need to finish the ends of the ties with a little hand-sewing, and they're done!

I've been meaning to do this for awhile now, to avoid bringing home more plastic bags. If you have a grocery store in your area that sells food in bulk, you should consider making your own bulk bags!


  1. They are almost too pretty for bulk foods! But you could get a Sharpie and write on your pretty yellow ribbon "brown rice" - so you know without opening the bag what's inside.
    Regarding getting sidetracked - just wait until you get older. I have to constantly remind myself "okay this is what I am doing" - or I end up looking at my milk mustache in the mirror!

    1. That's a good idea! I was thinking of attaching some simple gift tags to mark the contents. I have some leftover from a craft market where my friend and I sold some crocheted things. They're paper and string, and we used them as price tags for our goods.

  2. Of course I am drooling over the fabric... Nice idea. Just zig-zag the ends of the ties.


    1. Thanks for the tip on the ends. I was thinking that might be quicker and easier than hand-stitching.

  3. So cute AND functional! Love that the ties are sewn in - very thoughtful!