I've been using reusable grocery bags for a number of years now, but have been a bit stuck in regards to produce bags and sandwich bags. I've seen reusable versions of both, but the price . . . oh my. I think they are fair prices for the work that has gone into making them, and I'm a huge fan on buying handmade and local. But my budget just won't flex enough to include them. Now that I'm making lunches for five every night, the sandwich bags have become a top priority. I bought a yard of BPA-free coated cotton from Hart's Fabric (along with some great fleece and flannel for pajama pants and cotton for a dress for the ever-growing 9 year old -- superb quality all around). Isn't this pattern great?
I've been slicing it up and pairing it with all sorts of cotton for the outside of the bags this week. Fingers crossed they are done in the next few days and I can show them off. But I was stuck on the produce bags until I found a great tutorial last night.
There seems to be an ongoing debate over material options, in hopes of balancing breathability, stain resistance, and clarity for the checker. What do you think? cotton or vinyl? new fabric or reclaimed sheer curtains?