DIY Linen Bread Bag for Homemade Bread

How to keep bread fresh can be a challenge. A bread container for storing homemade bread is as easy as making a DIY linen bread bag. This simple linen bag will keep homemade bread fresh for days!

diy linen bread bag

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How to Keep Bread Fresh

This easy DIY linen bread bag brings old world classic charm to your kitchen while preventing bread from drying out. In addition to this, linen naturally absorbs moister, which will help prevent homemade bread from molding.

In addition to what was already mentioned, a linen bread bag will also keeps the light out, making it an ideal bread container.  

Homemade made bread does not keep a long as bread purchased in the aisle of the local market. And the reason as to why is simple, unlike grocery store bread, the homemade version contains no preservatives.

So, what does this mean?

It’s simple, homemade bread will need to be consumed within a few days, whereas market bread will keep for a few weeks. How is this even possible? Well, because of the amount of preservatives added to grocery store breads.

Which to me is unnatural. And wrong. Not to mention, gross.

Bread should not for weeks on end. Ever. Unless its been frozen of course.

diy linen bread bag

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DIY Linen Bread Bag – Equipment

The material for this project can be found at thrift stores or online. However, in order for this homemade bread container to work, the material must be 100% linen.

Keep in mind, a load pan, even a cast iron loaf pan, is no longer than 10.125-inches. The linen napkins must be at least 12-inches long or longer to accommodate a loaf of homemade bread.

However, sandwich bread is much longer; roughly around 13-inches. The DIY linen bread bag can be adjusted for bread this length by increasing the length of the bread bag with additional linen napkins.

How to identify between linen and cotton material can be confusing and at times difficult. There are distinctive differences between the two materials, make sure you know what you’re looking for.

DIY Linen Bread Bag – Instructions

Let me preface this with, I enlisted a friend’s help to create the bread bags we use. The linen was assembled using a sewing machine, however, hand sewing the two linen pieces together will work as well.

  1. Lay the two linen napkins together evenly.
  2. Using a basic stitch, sew the two pieces together. First across the bottom end, then the two longer sides. Make sure to stop sewing 1 1/2-inch from the top.
  3. Now for the drawstring. Working one side at a time, fold the open end of the linen in half and sew once again using a basic stitch. Make sure to leave enough room for the ribbon or twisted fabric rope to feed through.
  4. Attach a safety pin to the ribbon or fabric rope, feed through the sewn drawstring section of the linen bread bag.
  5. To prevent the drawstring from being pulled from the bread container, tie the ends together.

Note

  1. The amount of space for the drawstring will vary depending on what is used (ribbon or twisted fabric rope). 1 1/2-inch is an average measurement, but make sure to calculate the width prior to sewing.
  2. Linen bread bags can be washed with mild laundry soap on delicate cycle, then hung to dry.

A DIY linen bread bag is reusable, and is washable when needed. However, in order to prevent the linen from shrinking, make sure to line dry the bread bag.

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DIY Linen Bread Bag for Homemade Bread

How to keep bread fresh can be a challenge. A bread container for storing homemade bread is as easy as making a DIY linen bread bag. This simple linen bag will keep homemade bread fresh for days!

Equipment

  • 100% linen napkins, or linen tea towels
  • 2 pieces of ribbon or twisted fabric rope
  • Sewing machine, or needle and thread to hand sew

Instructions

  • Lay the two linen napkins together evenly.
  • Using a basic stitch, sew the two pieces together. First across the bottom end, then the two longer sides. Make sure to stop sewing 1 1/2-inch from the top.
  • Now for the drawstring. Working one side at a time, fold the open end of the linen in half and sew once again using a basic stitch. Make sure to leave enough room for the ribbon or twisted fabric rope to feed through.
  • Attach a safety pin to the ribbon or fabric rope, feed through the sewn drawstring section of the linen bread bag.
  • To prevent the drawstring from being pulled from the bread container, tie the ends together.

Notes

  1. The amount of space for the drawstring will vary depending on what is used (ribbon or twisted fabric rope). 1 1/2 inch is an average measurement, but make sure to calculate the width prior to sewing.
  2. Linen bread bags can be washed with mild laundry soap on delicate cycle, then hung to dry.
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