Frugal & Green: Make Your Own Reusable Shopping Bags

On June 1, 2009 the city of Toronto passed a law meaning that all stores (including restaurants) must charge a minimum of 5 cents for each plastic bag that customers take. The idea it to reduce the amount of plastic bags going into our waste. I’m sure more and more communities will begin this practice and I know many large retailers are now charging for bags even without the by-law.

Mountain of Plastic Bags

Mountain of Plastic Bags

I’ve gathered up a bunch of links for free shopping bag patterns located around the web. There are patterns for sewing, knitting, crocheting and there’s even a macrame pattern.  I hope some of these patterns inspire you to make your own bags. I’d love to see them!


  1. frugalmomtips says

    I LOVE this idea! It really will force people to think about brining along their reusable bags or use paper instead. I hope they do this where I live. :-)

  2. says

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  3. says

    I love the lateral thinking behind this, instead of discarding plastic bags to sit in a landfill this is a creative way of re-using them – everyone’s a winner! The same taxes on plastic are being introduced in the UK – soon we’ll all be making our own grocery bags. (:

  4. says

    “Wallet size fold up shopping bag…” perfect for me as I would like to re-use bags but find it slightly embarassing walking through town clutching empty plastic bags. Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    This definitely works. It’s not the first time something like this has been done. I’ve seen the practice in other countries and it is really very effective to get your average consumer to be more eco-friendly. You don’t even need fancy bags, just reuse the ones you’ve already got.

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