The Linen Bread Bag revisited!

The Linen Bread Bag revisited!

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Storing bread in linen is the best method to prevent it from going stale.  Better than plastic bags or tupperware, linen maintains the softness of bread, while preserving its crisp exterior.  So enjoy your bread another day or two without having to hurt your teeth on tough crust and tasteless bread!

I really enjoy baking and so when I’m giving away some baked treats, I like to wrap them in one of these linen bags.  It is always nice to add a nice homemade touch to something.  Plus, it looks so much more thoughtful and beautiful than plastic wrap.  Giving away freshly baked goodies in a linen bag you sewed yourself is a really sweet gesture.  It doesn’t take very long to do, but sometimes the smallest touch like this can make a difference.

I just sew these up in my spare time with any scraps of linen I have from other projects.  The size of these bags can vary, depending on your preference.  Also, feel free to get creative with your linen colors!  I think some embroidery is the perfect thing for this bag.  If you know how to embroider, then this is a great craft to add some embellishments to.

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Materials:

  • Pre-laundered linen (about a 1/4 yard)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 yard of 4C22

I chose to make my bag with heavyweight 4C22 linen.  This linen is 7.1 ounces per square yard and works well for this particular project.

I’ve made this bag before in Natural linen, but today I am making it in a softened White linen.  The softened linen goes through a different process when it is manufactured.  There are no added chemicals or anything like that.  The only difference between the softened and unsoftened linen options are the texture.  I like both types, but just chose to go with the softened version today.

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Cut your linen into a rectangular shape.  You don’t have to follow my measurements precisely.  I just measured out what I thought would be larger enough to hold different sizes of bread best.I measured a piece of linen 16×11 inches, and placed one side on a fold. This will double the length of my linen, resulting in a bag that will be large enough, but only using two seams inside the bag.
The horizontal edges along the side and bottom are what will be sewing up in the next step.  I placed some sewing pins along the top to make sure everything says aligned while I sew up those two sides.

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With your sewing machine, just make a straight seam all the way along the two side edges.

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You can finish these seams with an outerlock seam if you like too.  This step isn’t necessary, but I kind like how it makes things look more professional.

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I couldn’t help but show it in a Natural linen just for fun!  I know its obvious I am a huge fan of the Natural linen, but can you see why?  I just love how it looks.  I like the way it adds a rustic charm to my kitchen and home.The one pictured above is 4C22 Natural unsoftened linen, but you can look at all 4C22 linens by clicking on the button below:

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The drawstring is very simple to make and is just like the type I’ve made in previous posts.  Just cut a 1.5 inch wide strip of linen.  I made mine about 18 inches long, but just make sure it is long enough (the exact length isn’t so important as long as it is long enough).Fold in both of the edges in so they meet in the center.  This will leave you with a 1/2 wide inch drawstring.

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Sew the edge with your sewing machine.  Then fold over both ends and finish them with a stitch to conceal the raw edge.  I choose a blue thread for this part for a little colorful detail.

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Fold the top of your bag in a 1/2 inch and then over again another inch.  Sew this fold to create your drawstring.  Leave a little opening at the end so you can slip your string though!

Using a safety pin or paper clip, work your string through the opening and along the space.

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Now that the string is in place, just remove the paper clip or safety pin.

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Adjust the drawstring so it is evenly distributed along the top and you are all done!

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If you are looking for something to sew with linen, try this project out! It is easy and is something you can use for years to come.  This drawstring bag style doesn’t have to be used for only for bread.  It is a good bag to store items in and can be used for many different purposes.

Find the 4C22 linen you need to make one by clicking on the button below:

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The DIY Bread Bag in Natural linen post is also up if you want to visit that tutorial once more.

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15 comments

  1. susan

    I love the choices of linen on this site. And I am really happy with the DIY tutorials. Keep them coming. I usually order more than just 1 yard so I don’t mind the shipping charges.

  2. Jane

    I don’t know why folks are so mean sometimes. Its just a project for using of scraps of other projects, which makes using linen more affordable. Right now, I can buy linen here for about 1/3 the cost of linen in a fabric store, and not much more than cotton Osnaberg in a fabric store. Since linen lasts considerably longer than cotton, I’m making more of the family clothing from what I get here, and I’m only on here seeking projects to use up scrap, so I don’t waste it.

  3. Chrystal

    Can you also freeze in this bag? I like to freeze my bread because I like to make 3-5 batches at a time to save time and money in the future. thanks

  4. janet

    Hi I just read this. I will make some bags of reread and other food.
    Linen is a beautiful fabric.
    It does not allow mould, virus or fungi to survive, it throws off odours and is cool in summer, warm in winter. It absorbs moisture and evaporates it.
    So this is a very interesting use of linen for a Bread Bag. I know now why it was the fabric of choice for bandages, along with garlic(kills viruses and other microorganisms), and lavender (still used in French hospitals), by Florence Nightingale.

    I am about to make linen clothes bags and suit bags for my boy. No moth or grub or bug will touch the beautiful linen. No mustiness from the linen!!

    And I am still hoping for the long staple middle weight linen to come again. want roll soy it for sheets and donnas, for me, my son and his dowry.

  5. Carolyn Crowder

    I made this bag last time you posted this. Its a nice pattern. I used extra linen I had leftover from a suit in my shop. I’ve used it as a lingerie bag when traveling. Great pattern!!!

  6. carolineboucher

    hi ikea did sell linen cheaply not sure if they still do maybe worth checking out if shipping costs are making bying linen prohibative

    1. Teresa Trucks

      I have some ikea linen. Unfortunately, it’s not the same quality nor do they have the color selection. Shipping for small amounts does seem out of proportion but I rarely need a small amount!

  7. Cheri

    40 minutes away is the nearest community to me that offers fabric of any quality. When I recieved my first order from your company, I KNEW Id found quality!!! Im not sure if Ive placed 2 orders or 3 so far, but there will be more. Martha, you could take advantage of shipping fees by purchasing more than 1 yard. Linen is something that can always be put to use. OR…go in with other friends who also sew. You’ll be impressed with the quality of the all linen fabric, such as Ive recieved….I LOVE IT!!!!

    1. merla schoenberg

      I agree. The quality is so very good! Order in quantity or go together with friends. You will be pleasantly surprised…

  8. ann p.

    I also hate shipping and handling add ons. But I have a problem that a lot of us have.

    I don’t live anywhere near a good fabric store. There are a couple of small stores in the nearest city (23 miles away) and they don’t have linen or quality fine cottons. The big so-called fabric store has a bit of fabric but caters more to those who want to buy plastic flowers and unpainted bird houses, etc.

    When I drive to town, it costs at least two gallons of gas for the round trip. I do run multiple errands each trip, but more and more often I can’t find what I need (not just fabric), so I come home and order from the web.

    The nearest city that probably has a selection of linen is a four and a half hour drive. We go there maybe twice a year.

    The economics of life in these United States tell me that my time is worth something and wandering trying to find a particular classic fabric costs time and gas $$ as well as the frustration factor.

    I’m glad to have the e-commerce options.

  9. Martha

    I went to order linen to make the bread bag and was appalled at the shipping and handling cost. I’ll be getting my fabric some other place. I can not see paying almost $8 to get one yard of fabric shipped. That is just way beyond reasonable in my book. I understand that expenses have increased, but not THAT much. S/H is one reason I generally do not do business online, unless there is free shipping. In this case, as holds true in many orders, the S/H is more than the item ordered. How much effort does it take to find a bolt, make a cut and put it in a bag? I have worked in a fabric store, so I understand what it takes to cut fabric! Thanks but no thanks to your merchandize. I’ll wait for a free shipping day or get it locally!

    MB

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