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!