Teresa VanHatten-Granath has single-handedly helped to diminish the use of disposable plastic shopping bags worldwide with the simple act of sewing! Teresa started the Green Bag Lady eco-friendly art project in 2008. She and her team of volunteer “Bagettes” make fabric bags out of donated material and give them away for FREE in exchange for a promise to use them instead of paper or plastic. To date they have given away over 27,000 bags worldwide!
Photo courtesy Green Bag Lady blog, happy recipient ready to shop with tons of new bags
Get inspired to sew bags of your own and give as gifts! Sewing a simple shopping bag is easy – but you don’t have to take my word for it, see for yourself in these awesome tutorials!
Learn how the Green Bag Lady herself makes a quick-as-lightning shopping bag! Download the PDF pattern from the Green Bag Lady website (see below where to find pattern), and watch Teresa’s awesome video tutorial to learn how to stitch up your reusable green bags.
Make a reversible shopping bag with this tutorial from Handmade Jane.
Create a bright and cheery two-toned bag with Bijou Lovely’s Market Tote Tutorial.