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Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 | 0 comments

The Wide World of Market Bags

The Wide World of Market Bags

Farmers’ markets are not only a chance to see a rainbow of produce and other whole foods, but also a great place to people watch and view the unique and stylish market totes and bags on parade. Here are some stand-out bags you might see on an average Saturday morning at our own bustling farmers’ market.

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A bike basket overflowing with tomato starts…

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The classic French market tote…

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A more contemporary counterpart. I often see a few in different colors…

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A woven basket the perfect size for quarts of berries and some savory treats…

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These colorful straw totes were perfect for gathering swappable items at our Spring food swap and would work equally well at the weekly farmers’ market…

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Stephanie, one of my friends from the Alexandria knitsters meetup made this super cute and sturdy market tote as holiday gift for a friend, so I decided to make one too.

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I opted for a simpler and quicker crochet pattern. This was my first ever crochet project, but with a little guidance here and there from experienced stitchers, I made the bag in about a week. I’m happy to say that it held up well on its first trial run.

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Katie sewed this adorable burlap tote, which you could make with coffee bags, free for the taking at Swing’s.

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Turning scarves or upcycled sheets into a furoshiki tote is another nice option, especially if you find yourself at the market unprepared. For this reason, once you learn a few furoshiki knots, perhaps it’s good idea to keep a big swatch of cloth on you at all times.

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Do you have a market tote that you like to bring to your outdoor market?

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