13 Ways to Make Cool Reusable Shopping Bags for Free – Planet Green.
- Basic: These require no sewing, or only minimal sewing, and are super easy to throw together.
- Pillow Cases are about as basic as you can get. You can go no-sew, and simply cut out two holes to make handles. Or you can go a littlefancier by cutting the hem off the opening side and sewing it back on as handles. The no-sew version will create a sturdier bag, but the sewn-on handles will create more room for slinging it over your shoulder.
- Pant Legs, especially wide-leg trousers, make super easy, one-seam bags. Cut the leg off at the crotch. Sew the cuff so that one end of the pant leg is sealed off—that’s the bottom of the bag. To create handles, just cut two holes from the upper end of the pants. You can make your bag as deep or shallow as you’d like, with handles as short, long, wide or skinny as you want, all in about 10 minutes—or even make a drawstring bag from pants.
- Feed Bags or Flour Sacks make great bags as well. You’re not as likely to have these laying around, though bird seed bags, some dog foods, and bulk flour usually offer great packaging for making reusable bags. Follow similar instructions as with the pillow case, or get creative by mixing in other fabrics and materials.
- reusable shopping bags (teachstreet.com)