Tuesday, July 21, 2009

How To Make Reusable Snack Bags

Continuing on in our Back To School theme, these snack bags will go perfectly with the reusable lunch bag we posted a couple of weeks ago! These bags are great for sending a snack with your son or daughter (or yourself!)! They take the place of zip lock bags so it is a great/cute way to be green! I used the iron-on vinyl again for this project so these bags can be wiped or washed out if needed!
  • 2 coordinating fabrics (one for the liner and one for the outside)
  • Velcro
  • iron-on vinyl
  • coordinating thread
1.)fold your fabric in half and cut out a rectangle that is 7 X7.5 inches on the fold(the 7 inches should be on the fold). Cut out a rectangle for the liner and the outer fabricDSC01272
2.) on the liner fabric, iron-on the vinyl using the packaged instructions to the RIGHT side of the fabric.
3.) fold your fabric so that the right sides are together and the wrong side is facing out. On the folded edge cut out a square from each corner. the square should be about .5 X .5 inches
4.) sew the two vertical sides together on the liner and the outer fabric. I use a 1/4 inch seam allowance
5.) Square off the corners by pulling the corners of the square apart diagonally so that the seam you just sewed is in the in middle of the edge.
6.) Sew the edge to finish squaring off the corner. Do this to all 4 corners (2 on the liner and 2 on the outer)

7.) Cut out a strip of Velcro that is the length of the side of the bag. Sew the Velcro 1/2 down from the top of the liner (on the vinyl side).
Sew the other half of Velcro onto the other half of the liner. So the liner should have Velcro on the vinyl side going all the way around it.
8. Place the liner into the outer fabric right sides together
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9.) Sew around the top of the bag with 1/4 seam allowance. Leave a 2-3 inch opening to flip right side out
10.) Flip the liner and outer fabrice right side out and push the liner inside the bag. The vinyl is a little stiff so you might have work a bit to get it in. Top sew the opening closed.
There you have it! A cute reusable snack bag! I just flip mine inside out and rinse if off once we have used it and let it dry for the next time!

Do you like these snack bags, but don't have time to make them? I sell them at my Etsy shop Funky Joy! Check them out!

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Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I have seen these being sold on etsy and was interested in making some! Thanks for the tutorial. Now if I can only figure out how to thread the needle of my sewing machine, perhaps I'll be in business... :)

Stitchnmom said...

No more cracker crumbs in my purse!!! I didn't even know they made iron-on vinyl, but now I know! Thanks for sharing.

Andy Porter said...

That's awesome! I go thru so many of those dang plastic bags. Great idea! Thanks so much for linking today! I am always impressed with your cool ideas!

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Michelle said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it...the tutorial is wonderful!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great Tutorial!! These are BRiLLIANT!!

Seaexplore said...

WONDERFUL tutorial- I'm thinking of MANY MANY uses in lots of different sizes for this idea! Thanks much! :)

Kristi said...

How cute. Your fabric choices are incredible. I have to admit, I was really afraid that you were going to give a tutorial on how to rinse out a ziplock baggie. Whew! This is so much better! LOL

kelly l said...

hey fawnda, thanks for checking out my blog. i've been meaning to comment, but i'm usually holding my baby while i'm looking at blogs and i hate typing one-handed. your blog is so creative. i actually made several of your marker rolls for my kids and my daughter's friend for a birthday present, but mine were smaller for crayons. they are so cute. i love the reusable snack bag idea, but knowing my son, he would never bring it back home from school. i've lost several tupperware lids. my daughter may be more responsible though. looking forward to swapping.

Sara said...

Oh this makes me wish, wish, wish I could sew! I'm finding so many cute things lately that I might just have to get over my fear and do it. I love these!

Kammy said...

That is a Super Duper idea !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Unknown said...

Those would make great gifts! Fantastic tutorial as well.

Donna said...

These are great, Fawnda! I didn't know about the iron-on vinyl, either. Does it hold up pretty well?

I love your blog. I sneak over and take little peeks whenever I can snatch a moment! Thanks for the cute, GREEN idea!

flarffy2000 said...

Where did you buy the iron on vinyl at? Thanks, Monica

Amy said...

What a great project! Thanks for introducing me to iron-on vinyl!

Almost Always said...

I made a couple of these today..posted about it on my blog..gave FF&JB a big shout out...this tutorial is awesome!

Restorative Living said...

Very cute idea. I really like that fabric!

Cristie said...

This project is really a great idea!

She La La said...

Excellent idea!!!

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