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14 Creative Uses for Mesh Produce Bags


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We asked our Facebook fans what they would do with mesh produce bags from the grocery store once the produce is gone. These little bags, which hold clementines, apples, brussels sprouts, and more, are too cute to throw away. Here are some genius ideas our crafty fans came up with for ways to reuse mesh produce bags. We love crafts using recycled materials!

Mesh Produce Bags

  1. Wad them up in a ball, secure with an elastic, and use them as scrubbies to clean nonstick pans and other dishes.
  2. Hang the bags from a mirror and throw hair bows in them for easy access.
  3. Make potpourri sachets from them. First line each bag with colored tissue pape, fill them with a small amount of potpourri, and tie them shut with a decorative ribbon.
  4. Carry sand toys to the beach inside of them.
  5. Hold skeins of yarn inside the mesh bags, then pull from the center right through the mesh. No more tangles!
  6. Make them into bath loofahs.
  7. Sew them into the shape of a stocking, finish with binding fabric, and fill with pet treats. Mesh bags make pet stockings like they sell in stores.
  8. Run them through your embossing machine to add texture to your cards.
  9. Fold them in half, sew an X through them, and use them as dish rags.
  10. Add velcro so the bags can be opened and closed, and use them as lingerie laundry bags.
  11. You can crochet with them! Make crochet table settings and doilies from the mesh.
  12. Sew a doormat made of mesh product bags. Cut them into long strips, pin 3 or 4 together at one end and braid. Then sew the ends to another strip and continue until you have a long braid several feet long. Lay flat and and start to curl in an oblong shape. Stitch this as you go so you end up with a mat.
  13. Use them as a paint brush for splatter painting. Dip the wadded up mesh into your paint, then fling it at your canvas for a splattered look!
  14. Stretch the mesh over an old frame, staple it in place, and hang earrings from it for a stylish earring organizer.


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I cut them to size for placing over the iris & lily buds that are so appealing to the deer. I put the 'covers' on the growing stems & let them stay there until after the bud breaks & the petals begin to open. Then I cut them & bring them inside, & re-use the covers on any other budding or fully flowered plants that are around the garden. They deter rabbits & groundhogs, too.

put soap scraps in one, tie a knot and the kids at my daycare wash up in basin outside in summer.

I use them to hold scraps of yarn, then hang it out in the spring for birds to build their nests.

i use them as a free latch-hook canvas with all my old yarn scraps. they are wonderful for mats in the doorway, bathroom, mudroom, wherever... free, fun & fashionable!

A long time ago I had a large plastic mesh, about the size of chicken wire. It reminded me of a fish net, so I hung small Christmas lites on it, and little ornaments and strung it across my window. - I called it "Christmas-by-the-Sea."

If you have an antique sock knitting machine, these bags are better than yarn when it comes to the begiining waste part of the sock, and easier than using that (usaually warped) umbrella unit!

I keep my veg in them in the fridge, better than plastic bags, also put leftover mushrooms in them and hang in a warm place to dry..dried mushrooms are very useful.

These bags are great to put bathtub toys into to dry out after the bath is done. I have also used the bigger bags found on turkeys.

I like using them as backgrounds in my scrapbooking.

I live in the woods. Deer LOVE Oriental lilies. When my bulbs are growing, I protect the tops (where the lilies will be coming out) with upsidedown produce bags. The deer can't eat them. Now the deer will eat the leaves, so I try to use as long a bag as I can, but sometimes some leaves have to be sacrificed. But no matter because your bulbs are blooming from storing last year's sun energy, so you'll at least get to see the blooms. Take off the bags when the lilies are about to open up. You'll at least get to see a day or two of your flowers (or more) before the deer discover them. That's a toss-up. Some of my lilies the deer either ignore or didn't see, as they are browsers (a few bites here, a few bites there of foliage as they forage).

Some great ideas! Especially like numbers 1, 5, and 14.

They make a sweet and nifty bow on a present.

I use my mesh bags to dry my homegrown fresh herbs for storage. I hang them til they dry out.

I think they're great for itty bitty newborn socks. Throw the socks in-tie the bag in a knot @ top, or run a piece of ribbon in & out @ the top, tie and throw in the washer & dryer. Haven't lost not one of my grandbabies socks yet!

You can fill the mesh bag with the kids toys and hang them to dry in the bathroom

I've used them as veiling for silly hats I've made for celebrations.

Great idea, especially for costumes!

I also use them to clean potatoes or other vegetables where the skin might be eaten. just take a square and under warm running water scrub the potato clean, gets in to the dimple areas well, just needs a bit of more attention to those areas. scrubber can be reused often just let it dry before storing.

Great ideas here! I use the mesh to imprint patterns in unbaked Polymer Clay projects!

I had a dark green one and saved it for my papercrafting. Well you never know when I might need a fishing net, a tennis net or a basket ball net etc.

I never thought of using them, I just threw them away. I will now save them. Great Ideas.

I cut them into a long strip, pull the strip slightly then single crochet into a round pot scrubber. It works great and rinses clean easily.

I use them as a lint filter on the end of the drain pipe from my washing machine. Just attach them with a hose clamp........change often!!

I wish someone could post the how they crochet with them. I dont understand how you can you them for that.

you cut them in strips ..tie them all together..chain 4, slip stitch in 1st stich...chain 2, 16 double crochet in ring... chain 2, then 2 double crochet in each space (of double crochet from row before)...make 2 of these and then single crochet them together...I used yarn for one side and tulle or netting for the other...hope this helps...or you can go to http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/nylpot.html and check this out...

Those are really great repurposing ideas. I save them to hold different items, but I was afraid to use them for some things. Now I have a better idea of how veristile & resilient they are. I love the reinforcing crochet idea.

I save those mesh bags because it's a shame to fill landfills with them when they can be repurposed. Thanks for more ideas on how to use them.

you can also use them to hold small 2-3" pieces of scrap yarns and hang in a tree for the birds to use as nesting materials.

Great ideas - I've used them to hold a pets toy such as a big rubber ball which my doggie couldn't get into her mouth. I put the ball into the bag and then tie a big knot at each end and the dog can hold the knot and run around with the ball - and great for gentle tug of war as well.

May favorite way to use them is for lids and such that have no where to land in my dishwasher except the bottom. I use them as a bag to put those jar lids (and other small things to small for the DW) and simply hang it from the top rack.

i like to use them to make hammoks for my kids barbie dolls

These are some awesome ideas, I am always looking for things to make into something new.I recently used a mesh bag and tied it at one end for the bottom left the top open, then sewed a little handle to the top and it now hangs on the knob of my pantry door. It has replaced my gift of 25 years ago of a towel sewn together to put the shopping bags in when I come home from the store. It is so easy and convenient too. I crochet a lot and I cannot wait to try that one.

I keep these bags around for the little things that you want to throw into the dishwasher, but can't because they are so little. Place them in a bag tie it with elastic band (ones that come on my newspaper) and throw in the dishwasher. Did this for a bunch of plastic tops for my small plastic bowls.

I have often used the bags to hold yarn - even having my grandchildren using them for their yarn

I've used the mesh bags to hold a lot of fat from all our meats and sometimes some old bread (NOT MOLDY). I keep the mesh bag and it's contents in a plastic bag in the freezer then when ever, I take it out, allow it to somewhat melt, mash in some bird seed but keeping the hanging part out so it can be the hanger from a tree. The birds LOVE it and it's so good for them and their feathers.

I use them to clean up bug residue on our classic car and our everyday vechicles without messing up the paint!

I love the ideas. I also use them as bows and ribbon for Christmas packages. When tied around a package the mesh is surprisingly cute.

I love these ideas. My favorite is putting the mesh over a frame for earrings. Awesome idea.

I use these mesh bags to put moth balls in and hang outside my doors in the summertime to keep flies out of my house. I hang them beside the door and I don't have a problem with flies coming inthe house. I live in the South and sometimes flies can be a problem no matterhow clean you keepit around your doors. Carolyn 2/13/12

Do you have to replace the mothballs after they get wet from the rain?

Cut the bags into 2 to 3 inch strips and use to tie up plants to a stake. They are soft and will stretch as the plant grows. Great ideas here.


In the Spring, I fill a Haas avocado bag with cotton balls for the hummingbirds and smaller birds to use for nest building! You can tell that the birds use the cotton balls because they pull it through the bag.

W have a lot of birds that we feed, so we fold the top over about 2 inches, thread kitchen twine through the doubled top...fill it with suet and we have some really pleased chickaedees! We have even had the BIG woodpecker (pileated) come and enjoy the suet!! We save the mesh bags that turkeys come in as well! Recycling at it's best!

i use them to strengthen concrete projects

cut them doubled into about 8" strips,make a knot in the middle and throw them inot your Clothes-Dryer along with your load :IT HELPS TO GET THE LINT OFF and you can use them over and over,until they go real limp.Read that hint about 8-10 years ago in GOOD HOUSEKEEPING!!!


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