55+ Reusable Shopping Bag Patterns: Say No To Plastic!

reusable shopping bag patternDiscarded plastic bags are becoming a real problem

Many people are not aware about how much damage discarded plastic bags are doing to our planet.  I mentioned in a recent post that when I was in Africa, I learned the countries like Tanzania have even outlawed the importation and use of plastic bags entirely.

Part of the problem is that our chemists are just too good these days.  Plastic bags can seemingly last almost forever and take a very long time to break down and decompose.  So if they are discarded improperly they blow around in the wind, get into the rivers and eventually flow into the oceans where they float around for years and years.


reusable shopping bag patterns

Plastic bags pollute our lands.

Many animals like sea turtles, whales, and dolphins mistake these floating bags for food and eat them.  The animals often choke and die as their systems simply can't cope.



reusable shopping bag patterns

Plastic bags pollute our oceans.

So what can be done, you might ask?  You can start using reusable shopping bags like the ones listed below.


Here's one of our own ideas:

This was the project I was working on while I was learning so much about how much plastic bags are hurting our global environment.  If you're looking for a simple but elegant reusable shopping bag pattern, please give our own burlap shopping bag pattern a try.

burlap shopping bag

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Reusable Shopping Bag Patterns Roundup

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10 Responses to 55+ Reusable Shopping Bag Patterns: Say No To Plastic!

  1. Patricia C Fletcher says:

    Thank you!

  2. Deb says:

    Just what I’m looking for, THANK YOU! My husband has quite a number of old shirts and I’m going to use a few to make reversible carriers, just a little project for our up and coming lock down, I’ve got lots of ideas now, thanks!

  3. Rose Martine says:

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  4. Denise Young says:

    What about crochet, knit and felted bags ?

  5. Vanessa says:

    I have volunteered to be the host for the quilt camp for my quilting guild and this has given me a great idea to sew shopping bags for each attendee rather than just a small cloth bag. The bag will be more functional and probably actually get used more than once! Thanks for the ideas.

  6. Lucy, Kent ~ England says:

    Great list also existing plastic can be turned into “plarn” I use bags from my cat litter (wood pellets that turn to sawdust and are composted or used on wood burning fire in winter) to waterproof fabric bags. These are made from jeans, dresses or tee shirts. So recycled and more planet saving

  7. Sing dong says:

    use of plastic is very harmful for human being, so everyone should avoid the use of plastic, It is very harmful for human body and it makes the food and everything toxicated, So it is better to use cotton or other cloth bags instead of these use and throw bags.

  8. Deborah Davenport says:

    These are great!!! I love these bags! These are this year’s Christmas gifts. My friends and family are all worrying about our footprints specifically and man kinds in general. What an impact this would have if we as a nation would ban plastic bags. I am going to do my part, thanks again for the idea and the super patterns.

  9. Gretchen Thompson says:

    What a fantastic list and good for the planet too! Thanks sew much.

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