Earlier this week we took you behind the scenes of our Ultimate Edible Garden. Now it’s time to show you how to make quick and easy produce totes for stocking up on fresh veggies at a farmer’s market, at your friend’s gardens and at your local CSA. We created a super simple sewing tutorial with just two materials! :)


– oil cloth

– wooden dowels

– thread


– pins

– sewing machine

– scissors

– measure tape

 1. Fold your oil cloth in half, measure and cut a 13 inch square.

2. On each end fold over a three inch piece and pin.

3. Sew about 1 1/2 inches down from the seam to create a pocket for the dowels.

4. Fold the oil cloth in half and use to hand to measure where your handle should be.

5. Again fold in half, draw and then cut out a handle shape. Typically a half circle.

6. Insert your dowels and start piling up goodies for friends!

This project is so easy and a great handmade piece for friends and family to keep.

If you can’t make a trip to the store, or can’t find good patterns of oil cloth, try using an old vinyl tablecloth. Then, measure and cut out a 13 x 13 inch square from your oil cloth.

Fold over about three inches and pin down.

Sew about 1 1/2 inches from the top to create a pocket for your dowel. Oil cloth has a plastic covering and does not slide well on a sewing machine. Have your hands guide the fabric by placing one at the top and one at the bottom.

Time to create a handle. Use your hand to measure how far down is comfortable for your grip. Fold the fabric in half and draw a half circle on the fold, then cut.

Insert the dowels and get ready to start sharing your garden!

Nom nom nom! These would also be great for gathering wildflowers!!

See these totes in action in our Edible Garden post, a collaboration with Lowe’s.

Where do you get your produce? Do you you have any veggies in your garden? Talk to us in the comments below.