Does your mom or grandma take the time to wash and reuse ziplock bags? I don’t go so far as to do that, but I just hate using those bags once and throwing them away. I tend to use baggies until they are too full of peanut butter smudges and cracker crumbs to reuse anymore. With everyone trying to be more “green”, here is a solution — reusable snack bags!
I’ve been wanting to try this sewing project for some time. I finally got a few moments to sit down and give them a try the other day. They are fun and quick to make. I found the original idea on Pintrest which led me here.
vinyl table cloth (one table cloth will make a ton of these bags)
clear plastic (you can find it in the fabric store near the utility fabric section — used to cover tables)
This time of the year you can find the vinyl table cloths pretty cheap at end of the season sales. I found this one at Target cheap! I did have a little trouble tracking down a table-cloth at first. I got a round one, which made it a bit challenging to cut out rectangle pieces, so I’d suggested a square or rectangle table-cloth if you can find one.
Outside (from table-cloth)
- 7 1/2″ x 6 1/2 “
- 10 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Inside (from table-cloth or coordinating table-cloth pattern)
- 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
- 14″ x 6 1/2″
1. Sew the small strip to the clear plastic putting right sides together (clear plastic doesn’t have a right side). Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance at one end of the clear plastic/vinyl piece.
2. Now take the two outside pieces (not the clear plastic) and place them right sides together matching the bottom edges. Sew them using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
To add a little detail, sew a line of stitches on each side of the seam using a coordinating thread. This will be the bottom of your snack bag when you put it all together.
3. Now you will attach the outside and inside pieces together. Place the pieces right sides together. Open up the small flap from the plastic piece and match it to the longer outside piece (table cloth). The plastic piece should reach all the way to the end of the vinyl pieces.
Sew the pieces together at the end with the flap using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Now turn the pieces right side out. Measure down about 1 1/2″ inches from the top of the flap and pin your velcro and sew it on. I decided to sew the velcro on now so the stitches didn’t show through on the flap. Once velcro is secured down, sew along the bottom edge of the flap.
4. Now sew the bottom edge of the long piece together. This attaches the vinyl to the clear plastic piece. Now you can sew the other piece of velcro to the bag.
5. To finalize your bag fold up the bottom at the seam you stitched along to match to the top of the flap. Start at the top and sew all the way down one side. Make sure you completely sew the bottom corner shut. Then sew the other edge from top to bottom.
6. Load up your bags with any number of things!
PACK YOUR LUNCH!
BACK TO SCHOOL GIFT
I made these for our niece and nephews as a fun back to school gift. I filled them with a mini notebook, eraser and candy. I added a little tag with ribbon and it made a fun little gift in a repurposed bag.