In Mobile Alabama the choices for organic produce are extremely limited and there was next to nothing in bulk in my area. I suffered for it. When I shop at Whole Foods I do the bulk isle and produce. I don't buy meats, cheeses, pre-packaged, pre-prepared, household junk, supplements or body care. The prices on organic bulk bins and produce are exactly what I expect to pay and I am so thankful to have access to these staples at a regular price. After moving it's within 2 miles of my house and mere blocks from Trader Joe's means I feel like I've found heaven on earth even though it's only 23 degrees outside.
Ok back to business.
I actually remembered to bring my homemade reusable grocery bags with me into the store which is a miracle in and of itself. As I shop I put items directly into my bags which earns me sideways glances from other shoppers. I like the extra attention and fully enjoy not using a public cart or basket. Anyway...
The bagger (at Whole Foods every checker has a bagger you know) was loading my veggies and produce into my bags and commented to me as I finished paying.
He said, "Where did you get these bags?"
oh these old things...? I made them....
bagger, "oh wow, I was checking for the label and couldn't find one, these are great!"
I left the store with a smile in my heart. Considering how many reusable shopping bags a bagger must see it felt good that he liked mine enough to even mention them. Either that or he thought I was cute, or both! I have made two that are almost identical, one has an inner pocket for your wallet/keys and one does not.
I used a standard paper bag for the pattern as I figure they didn't come up with that shape and size by accident. The fabric was from the old Walmart $1 table and I specifically thought "grocery bag" when I purchased it. At this point they've been used enough that they're starting to show some wear which I find endearing. I wish I had had enough fabric to do the handles on the bias because they're showing the most wear along the edges.