I have been looking for some re-usable produce bags for a while. I liked many out there, but some seemed a bit too big and a bit too "process oriented" involving certain ones for storing certain produce what not. The ones I liked best were these: Flip and Tumble Produce Bags. The only hitch was that I figured I would want quite a few so there could be some for storage, some in the wash and some in the shopping bags in the car/stroller. This meant a decently sized investment in bags, and well, I want to be green, but I am also not sure that I need $30 worth of bags just to lug some tomatoes around. Thankfully, I have the mad crafty skills to make my own.
I used nylon netting ($.65 a yard at Fabric.com), made basic drawstring bags and used some scrap acrylic yarn to make cords of chains of single crochet. Tah-dah. I bought 4 yards of netting and made 12 bags. I found that cutting the netting (doubled for strength) into rectangles 12inches wide and 32 inches long allowed me to fold over simple casing tops for the drawstrings and then sew up the sides to make bags that are roughly 12x12 when finished. So, for $2.60 "out of pocket" since the cords were scrap and thread/labor is "free" I have a dozen produce bags ready to go.
I am also hypothesizing that these will be great since I can take them to the store, store the produce right in them in the fridge, wash the loose produce in the bags like a built in colander, then hang them to dry/run them through with the next load of wash and be all set to go. I will let you all know how it goes.