Reusable Produce Bag Crochet Pattern

Reusable Produce Bag Crochet Pattern

This free crochet pattern is brought to you by American Yarns

I’m doing my best to reduce our consumption of single use plastic in our home. It’s an ongoing challenge but I feel that when it comes to our fruit and veg shopping, I’m making some progress.

We always take along our own reusable carry bags to the market and supermarket, but until now, our fruit always just rolled around loose at the bottom of our trolley. There is no problem a little bit of crochet can’t solve, so I got my hook out and started crocheting.

Reusable Produce Bag Crochet Pattern

This simple crochet pattern for reusable net produce bags is easy to whip up and so versatile. The bags are super stretchy and hold a large amount of whatever you want to bag up. The handy drawstring keeps the bag closed and all its contents corralled.

Not just for fruit, these little crochet drawstring bags are great for holding all sorts of things. Great for keeping balls of yarn tidy, storing toys like wooden blocks, keeping socks and underwear together when travelling, or packing up sports equipment.

Beginner friendly crochet pattern - Mesh drawstring bag - mypoppet.com.au

When they get dirty, just throw them in the washing machine and they’ll come out as good as new.

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This mesh bag crochet pattern is super easy to make, even for beginners. Most of the crocheting is just chain stitches, so you can’t really go wrong. I’ve added lots of step-by-step pictures to explain any tricky bits.

produce bag crochet pattern - Orange bag holding oranges on an orange background

Of course, smaller items will slip right through the gaps in the mesh, but I’ve already thought about that and I will be sewing up some net fabric drawstring bags when I find some suitable fabric scraps. Stay tuned.

What yarn did I use?

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When I mentioned to American Yarns that I was looking for a suitable thin cotton yarn for this crochet bag produce pattern project, they thought Cotton Fair by Premier Yarns would fit the bill.

Cotton Fair is a lightweight 4-5ply yarn that is a blend of 52% cotton and 48% acrylic. It’s super soft and squishy, comes in a really lovely range of colours, and with nearly 300m per ball, is very economical.

I really like this yarn. Its light weight makes it perfect for summer garments and blankets, and it has a beautiful subtle sheen which makes it feel like a very high-end yarn. If you are into amigurumi crochet, Premier Cotton Fair is perfect for making toys.

My verdict: Premier Cotton Fair is an excellent quality yarn and is great value at over 300 yards per ball. I can’t wait to make more projects with this yarn and am planning to knit Emma a t-shirt with it this Spring.

I’m so excited that American Yarns is now permanently stocking this yarn in 13 colours.

How to crochet a Reusable Produce Bag

Crochet net bag holding ornages and lemons

Finished size (unblocked): length 32cm (12.5″), width 24cm (9.5″) – very stretchy

Gauge: not critical for this project

You will need:

Stitches used US terminology:

  • Chain Stitch (ch)
  • Single Crochet (sc) US = double crochet (dc) UK
  • Double Crochet (dc) US = Treble stitch (tr) UK
  • Slip Stitch (sl)

Net Produce Bag Crochet Pattern instructions:

Note: This pattern is worked in a spiral

Make a ring – 6 ch, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring

R1 – Make 8 sc into the ring.

R2 – Make 2 sc into each stitch of the round. (16 stitches)

R3 – *Ch 2, 1 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. (16 chain loops)

R4 – *Ch 4, 1 sc into 2 chain loop space, repeat from * to end of round.

R5 – *Ch 6, 1 sc into 4 chain loop space, repeat from * to end of round.

Crochet pattern Net bag -mypoppet.com.au

R6 – *Ch 8, 1 sc into 6 chain loop space, repeat from * to end of round.

Crochet pattern Net bag -mypoppet.com.au

R7 – *Ch 8, 1 sc into 8 chain loop space, repeat from * to end of round.

Crochet pattern Net bag -mypoppet.com.au

R8+ – Continue as per R7 for another 16 rounds or until total length when bag laid flat is around 30cm (12″)

It starts off looking like a flat doily, but as you continue the sides will eventually build up and the bag will lengthen.

How to crochet a net produce bag - mypoppet.com.au

How to crochet a net produce bag - mypoppet.com.au

Final row – ch 3, 2 dc into same 8 chain loop space as last sc from previous row *6 dc into each consecutive 8 chain loop space, repeat from * to end of round. Sl st in 3rd ch of previous row to close round. Break off yarn. Weave in ends.

How to crochet a net produce bag - mypoppet.com.au

How to crochet a net produce bag - mypoppet.com.au

Make Drawstring:
– Make chain stitch cord about 65 cm (25″) length.

How to crochet a net produce bag - mypoppet.com.au

– Weave cord in and out through the gaps between each 6dc cluster in last row of bag (ignore the first ch3 2dc cluster).

– Tie ends of cord together to secure.

How to crochet a net produce bag - mypoppet.com.au

All done! Not so hard to make and extremely practical.

Crochet pattern - reusable net drawstring bag - mypoppet.com.au

I hope you enjoy this free produce bag crochet pattern – Tag me on Instagram @mypoppetmakes if you make your own, I’d love to see them.

Crochet pattern - reusable net drawstring bag - mypoppet.com.au

Feel free to leave any questions or queries in the comment section below and I’ll answer as soon as practicable.

All yarns featured are available from www.americanyarns.com.au

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7 Comments

  • Linda Creswell-Hartman says:

    Our church sponsors a “Mission Mall ” each fall to connect various groups who raise funds for mission outreach projects. This includes groups like 10,000 villages, Three free Africa, and several local groups. I would like to make these for our booth, with your permission and credit to you for the pattern. May I?

  • Jodiebodie says:

    How much do your finished produce bag weigh? The current ‘barrier bags’ used in supermarkets weigh approximately 3 grams and crocheted bags weigh approximately 10 times that (one third of a 100g skein). Depending on the price per kilo of the contents, wouldn’t one need to be mindful of taking everything out of the bag at the checkout for weighing? Perhaps the mesh-sewn bags will be lighter?

    There is a movement in my city for eco-conscious people to purchase pre-made reusable mesh drawstring bags and gift them to others in the supermarkets and random, asking the recipients to ‘pay it forward’ by also buying reusable bags to gift to others.

    • Yes they weigh about 30g each so for expensive items maybe weighing without the bag would be a good idea. I’ll be making some mesh sewn bags soon, will weigh them when finished to get an idea of the difference.

  • Jen says:

    I’ve made one! Love crochet and it helps keep my hands busy. I’ll gift my first one to my brother, who owns The Maker’s Shed in Glen Innes.

  • rita says:

    So glad that i have found a contact and blog that lives in Melbourne.
    Most of the blogs i follow are from overseas. Yeh!
    Do you know any other blogs to follow that are from Australia?

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