Sunday, May 29, 2011

Re-Usable Grocery Meat Bags

You know, whenever I get poultry/meat at the grocery store they always want to wrap it in plastic before they put it in my re-usable bags.  So, I always end up with plastic bags despite my best efforts. 

And thus, came along the Meat Bags (Futurama references aside)!  

I used PUL (polyurethane laminate) for the lining of the bags so that I can easily wipe the bags clean and/or throw them in the washer and dryer as needed.

Now, these are not intended to store your meat in.  Just meant for you to keep your meat in from the store to home. Then you can freeze or store your meat as usual. 

These are pretty much over sized lined zipper pouches with a small twist.  I added tabs at the ends of the zippers to give a nice square-like edge to the corners of my bags. 

MATERIALS
  • 2,  15" x 18" pieces of cotton fabric
  • 2, 15" x 17" pieces of PUL (Polyurethane Laminate)
  • 2,  2" x 1-1/2" pieces of cotton fabric
  • 1, 11" zipper
INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Take the zipper and the two small pieces of cotton.  With right sides together, line up each 1-1/2" edge of the fabric with the ends of the zipper. 

2.  Sew fabric to zipper ends with a 1/4" seam allowance.

3.  Press fabric right side over the edge of the zipper. 

4.  Appliquè your 15" x 18" pieces of cotton fabric as you wish.  I appliquèd only one of my 
15" x 18" pieces of fabric with letters to spell the word MEAT.

The 15" edges will be the top and the bottoms.

5.  Place the zipper, face down, on the right side and top of one of the 15" x 18" pieces.  

Using a zipper foot, stitch in place.  Stitch tabs right along with zipper. 

6.  Fold fabric down way from zipper and press.

7.  With right sides together, place zipper piece on top of remaining 15" x 18" piece of fabric, with the zipper along the top of that piece.    

8.  Press both 15" x 18" fabric pieces away from zipper.

9.  Fold the cotton fabrics so that right sides are together and the zipper is at the top.  
Take one of the pieces of the PUL and with shiny side down, line up the 15" side with the zipper.

10.  Sew in place. 

11.  Turn PUL down away from zipper and turn all cotton pieces to that side as well.  Leave the PUL side on top. 

12. Take second piece of PUL.  Place it shiny side down on top of other piece of PUL aligning the top of the PUL with the zipper edge that is still un-sewn. 

13.  Sew in place. 
Turn all fabric and PUL away from the zipper so that you have cotton and PUL on each side of the zipper.  The zipper will be in the middle. 

14.  Stitch fabric and PUL in place along the sides of the zipper.
I like to do this with a fancy stitch or two different colors of thread.

15.  Open the zipper half way.  
Turn ONLY the fabric pieces away from the zipper and line up right sides together. Pin.
Line up the remaining PUL pieces, shiny sides together below the zipper. Pin.

16.  With a 1/4" - 1/2" seam allowance sew all the way down the sides of the cotton fabric down to the end of the PUL.

17.  Sew along the bottom of the PUL. 

18.  Sew back up the other side of the PUL and the cotton fabric.  
Leaving only the bottom of the cotton fabric pieces open. 

19.  Fold cotton fabric over the PUL. Bringing the zipper to the top. 

20.  Straighten and push out all the corners. 

21.  Fold the bottom of the cotton fabric in about 1/2" around the PUL seam.  
Press. 

22.  Sew the seam closed with a 1/4" seam allowance.  You can use a straight stitch or something a little fancier.  Whatever your mood calls for! ;) 

and Tada!   I made up four meat bags and in combination with my produce bags I will not have to come home with any more plastic bags. 

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