How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag | Things to Sew and Sell

Trader Joe's Reusable Flower Ba

I fell in love with the idea of theReusable Flower Bags at Trader Joe’s – and the price, only 99 cents (assuming supply chain issues aren’t making that price creep up a little.)

In their words, the bags are: Made from 100% recycled material, they boast a simple, cloth-like exterior and a sturdy, water-resistant interior—which means you won’t be leaving a wet mess in your wake for once.

“Simple exterior” is right – and maybe a ribbon or twine would give it a more rustic look but I thought with a few cuts and some pretty fabric we can transform these bags to be both functional AND beautiful. With that thought this tutorial was born!


How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag - materials
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How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag - using directional fabric
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A WORD OF CAUTION: Because the interior of the flower bag is water resistant you don’t want to iron directly on it or get it very warm at all because it could melt. These directions use bias tape so you don’t have to iron on or near the interior fabric. Be sure to iron the decorative outside fabric before sewing it to the bag interior.

  • (figure 1)
  • one fat quarter of fabric (18″ x 22″)
  • OR 24″ high x 22″ wide if you are using a directional fabric (figure 2)
  • 1 1/2″ x 25″ fabric for binding and optional hang loop
  • Trader Joe’s Reusable Flower Bag
  • OR 18″ x 22″ plastic or oil cloth for interior of the bag

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yellow daisies in a DIY fabric flower bag

CUT a 1½″ x 22″ piece of fabric for the seam binding and a 1½″ x  5″ piece of fabric for the (optional) hang loop.

PRESS the fabric(s) through a #18 bias tape maker then fold in half and PRESS again. (figure 3)

PRESS fabric(s) in half lengthwise.
OPEN the fabric and PRESS each raw edge in to the center. (figure 4)
FOLD back in half along and PRESS

OPEN the long bias tape on one end and PRESS under ¼”.

OPEN the 5″ hang-loop bias tape and PRESS each end under ¼”.
PRESS closed again (figure 5) and STITCH along the edge.

How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag - making bias tape
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How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag - making bias tape
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How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag - making bias tape
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These directions show using the Trader Joe’s Reusable Flower Bag as the base. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you or they don’t have the bags, you can cut plastic or oil cloth or other water resistant material in the size shown (figure 6) and then follow instructions from “OPEN the bag and lay flat” on.

How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag - dimensions
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CUT off long, sewn edge that has seam binding. (figure 7)

REMOVE hang-loop with seam ripper. (figure 8) The seam ripper shown is “Cindy’s Seam Ripper” from Riley Blake Designs – I love how it just fits on my finger and is ergonomically designed. 

OPEN the bag and lay flat.

PLACE your fabric face down on your workspace.

PLACE the bag interior on top of the fabric, water resistant side up.

Using the bag interior as a template, CUT the fabric even with the longs sides and CUT 1″ beyond the 12½″ sides. (figure 9)

How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag using Trader Joe's Flower Bag
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How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag
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How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag - cutting fabric
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PRESS the 12½″ sides under ½″ (figure 10) and then another ½″ so the edge will fold over the top sides of the bag interior.

CLIP in place and sew close the the edge of the folded over fabric. (figure 11)

OPTIONAL: To make the fabric more secure, sew down the fold line of the flower bag. Use a wide stitch to minimize holes. (I used 3.0 length but use your judgement.) (figure 12)

How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag
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How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag
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How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag
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SEW the optional hang loop onto the top of the flower bag on the fold. (figure 13)

FOLD in half, lining up the 18″ edges. TRIM so the fabrics all match if needed.

CLIP the bias tape along the 18″ raw edges of the flower bag. (figure 14)

SEW in place. (figure 15)

How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag - adding hang-loop
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How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag - clipping bias tape
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How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag
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THAT’S IT – YOU ARE DONE!

These are quick and easy and a great way to dress up flowers for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, hostess gifts and more. They are also a wonderful way to decrease your carbon footprint if you use them when you treat yourself to flowers too.

If you like to sew and sell things online or at craft fairs these would be a unique and popular item that doesn’t take a lot of time to make.


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2 responses to “How to Sew a Reusable Flower Bag | Things to Sew and Sell”

  1. Leonie Viljoen Avatar
    Leonie Viljoen

    Hi where is fig 6? Where I live we don’t have a Trader Joes. Maybe you can give me a rough pattern. Thank you in advance.

    1. I just updated the blog post to include figure 6 with the size and layout if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s. Sorry for the oversight and happy sewing!

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