Wisdom of the Moon had a tutorial for these bags on her site in January. Since I had an overabundance of voile from making draperies, this project had to happen.
I so wanted to do the cute little vegetable stamps Wisdom had on her produce bags! Unfortunately, I could not find a single veggie stamp anywhere. I finally gave in and got an alphabet stamp set instead. I cannot--absolutely cannot--stop experimenting. While I wish I had just gone with the nice simple, "fruits and veggies" lettering on all the bags like this center one, I did not.
I had to keep adding more
and more, until I just got carried away. This one ended up looking like something Jackson Pollack would have done if he had been on crack with nothing to express himself but a set of alphabet stamps and a rainbow ink stamp pad:
Cashiers (who usually seem just a bit annoyed to be dealing with my many different sized cloth bags anyway) are beyond speech when they get this bag. They just sort of hold it up to me as though they don't know whether they should pay attention to what is in the bag or on the outside. I don't use it unless I really have to.
All in all, the bags are exceptionally easy to make and work well. I used round elastic cord for most of them and textured ribbon for one. Both of these work fine. I think Wisdom of the Moon used string. Give them a try, but go easy on the stamping.