DIY Nut Milk Bag

DIY Nut Milk Bag

I love almond milk, but I hate buying it. All the preservatives and god knows what – there’s got to be a better way, right? There is. You can make your own. I’ve posted a recipe over on my new blog, She’s So Green, with a full photo tutorial and recipe on making your own almond milk. It’s really easy – almonds, water, blender, and a method of straining it and you too can make your own. Check out the recipe, but make sure you keep reading below to find out how you can make your very own nut milk bag from something you might already have in your kitchen. And since my method ended up giving me TWO nut milk bags, I am going to give away the second one to one of my lucky readers. Details on how to enter to win your very own nut milk bag are at the end of this post! But keep reading to learn how to sew your own.

DIY Nut Milk Bag

Gather your materials. You will need a flour-sack tea towel, and some manner of measuring and cutting it. The towels I have are 24×32 inches, a good size to cut precisely in half and make two. And because it was perfect to make two, there’s a giveaway down below, where you can enter for the chance to win my extra nut milk bag! But I digress, back to the tutorial!

DIY Nut Milk Bag

Fold your tea towel in half, so that it measures 12×16 inches, folded. Mark your tea towel and cut it in half. You want to have two pieces of material, approximately 12×32 inches. Now, on to the sewing! From here on out, we are working with just one of the pieces of tea towel, save the other one to make another nut milk bag, or whatever you like.

DIY Nut Milk Bag

You now have a piece of material that has three hemmed edges, and one raw edge. Fold your fabric, wrong sides together {which side is the wrong side? It doesn’t really matter.} so that the folded dimensions are approximately 12×16 inches. Set it up to sew a narrow seam all the way along the raw edge. You may want to pin before you sew – I didn’t, but I probably should have.

DIY Nut Milk Bag

After you’ve sewn a narrow seam along the unfinished edge, clip the corner where the fabric is folded. This is an optional step, but I find that the corner can get bulky if you don’t clip it, and this gives you some leeway in case your corner isn’t perfectly square.

DIY Nut Milk Bag

Now, turn your fabric inside out. Or right-side in, rather. In the photo above, you can see the raw edges tucked inside. Sew along that edge again, so that the raw fabric edge is tucked inside the seam. This will prevent any fraying as you wash and use this bag for filtering food items. No one wants to find shreds of fabric in their food!

DIY Nut Milk Bag

Now, on to the other side. You don’t need to worry about tucking the edges inside the seam here, as your fabric is presumably already hemmed. So you can just flip the bag over to this side, and sew a seam along the long edge. On this side, however, make sure you leave about an inch or so unsewn at the open end – this will fold down to make a place for a drawstring.

DIY Nut Milk Bag

Now that you have a bag, pin down the open end to make a channel for the drawstring. Once you have it pinned, sew a fairly wide seam {about 1/2 an inch} all the way around to make the drawstring channel.

DIY Nut Milk Bag

Tie some cotton string onto a safety pin. This makes threading the drawstring incredibly easy. If you try to do it without some solid way of pulling the string through, you will want to rip out your hair, I promise.

DIY Nut Milk Bag

Insert the safety pin into the open end of the drawstring channel. Alternate scrunching up the fabric and stretching it out again along the string to slowly advance the safety pin and its attached string through the channel. Once you reach the other side, stretch and smooth it out, and knot the string securely, a couple inches away from the bag when it is completely flat.

DIY Nut Milk Bag

Voila: one drawstring bag for filtering nut milk. Easy, right? I hope it was. I am not a pattern writer, just a crafty chick, so if it’s confusing at all please comment or touch base with me via one of the social media icons on the sidebar, and I would be happy to clarify.

DIY Nut Milk Bag

Now, for the giveaway details. Would you like to win one of these nut milk bags for your very own? The bag is made of 100% cotton, from a clean, never-used {only washed} flour sack tea towel and sewn by yours truly. It has an approximate value of $10 {based on what similar products sell for}, and is available to be won residents of Canada and the US. I have no idea how to set up a fancy giveaway widget, so old-fashioned comments it is. You can get up to 4 entries, and here’s how you can do it:

1. Leave a comment on this entry.
2. Head over to She’s So Green, and leave a comment on the nut milk recipe there. Come back and leave another comment here to get another entry.
3. Tweet out loud and tag @oobinsnaffa, and leave another comment.
4. Like Blissful Domesticity on Facebook, and leave another comment.

Easy, right? I’ll draw a winner on Monday, and I’ll email the winner shortly thereafter, so please make sure the email address attached to your comments is correct. Good luck!

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7 thoughts on “DIY Nut Milk Bag

  1. Karen

    I love that you figured this out yourself. : ) Great idea as cheesecloth tends to move around on ya. Have you tried with a fine mesh sieve too or is it too much of a PITA to clean afterwards?

    Reply
    1. Samantha Post author

      A sieve works, but I find it’s hard to squeeze all the liquid out. If it’s all I had, I’d use it, but using a bag is so much simpler! The jelly bags from Lee Valley are a decent method of straining, too.

      Reply
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  3. mj smith

    What a blessing! I want to make my daughter and her boyfriends, new vegans, almond milk for Christmas morning breakfast and have been wildly researching all sorts of recipes. I’m an older sewer and was going to add the nut milk bags to my shopping list. Tea towels … a better idea … one for me and one for my daughter! Thanks a bunch for the “homemade with love” gift.

    Reply
  4. Summer

    thank you so much for this tutorial, i have been using tea towls to strain things for years but i never thought of making them into a bag. this definitely helps me contain my mess when I make my milks

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