Making Reusable Snack Bags

I posted a while ago about trying to reduce how many grocery bags, plastic bags, foil, etc and some option for purchasing reusable snack bags.  I actually did buy these reusable produce shopping bags last week, I cant wait to get them! Anyways I told myself I could make my own sandwich/snack bags, and today with a little extra spare time I actually went to Joann’s to get supplies.

I asked the woman at Joann’s what I should use to line the inside of my bags to make them washable, or at least wipe-down-able. She suggested either buying sheet plastic (that you can sew) or THE BEST THING EVER Iron on Vinyl! It’s perfect! Makes sewing so easy!

There are a number of tutorials that you can follow to make them, just google Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial and pick one…lol! I on the other hand am annoyed by following a tutorial. I hate all the pinning and measuring and what nots. I’m a lazy sewer…lol! SO I just sort of made up my own way. I bought zippers to use, but after watching a few you tube videos about zippers, I went to Velcro. Yup lazy.

Here is how I made mine:

STEP ONE: Take a large enough piece of fabric to make both sides of your snack bag (measure a regular ziplock bag + 1/4 inch if you want something to go off of) then cut your vinyl the same size and iron it on the backside of your fabric (per package instructions).

STEP TWO: After the entire back of the fabric is vinyl, cut two squares. One should be about an 1 1/2″ longer than the other (for your fold over flap. Fold over all the edges a little bit and iron them down (note iron them with the vinyl facing downward so you don’t melt the vinyl onto the iron).

STEP THREE: Sew all the ironed down edges on both squares.

STEP FOUR: Measure your velcro to the length of the opening of your bag. Line up your two squares and fold over your flap to place the velcro properly.

STEP FIVE: Sew on one side of your vinyl to the flap, and one side onto the front of the bag.

STEP SIX: Line each square up again and verify that your flap and velcro line up. Pin around the edges.

STEP SEVEN: Sew all three edges.


I haven’t washed in yet in the washing machine, but the Vinyl says it can be machine washed and line dried.  I will attempt this later today. You can turn it inside out and wipe it down with a sponge. They can also be ironed.

If you size it right it should fit a whole sandwich, and snacks like almonds and trail mix. I’m gonna make a bunch of these with all the extra fabric scraps I have. Very pleasing.

13 thoughts on “Making Reusable Snack Bags

  1. So cute Morgan! If you’re still needing a reusable bag or two that’s cute, my mom is selling some on Sunday May 2nd at her house (Where the baby shower was). It’s a fundraiser for women in Africa. The bags are made by women in Kenya from Kanga cloths so the proceeds go to them. Caley will be here that day too with beads also hand made in Africa from paper. If you want to know more her email address is Just thought you might be interested. =)

  2. So cute Morgan! I have been looking into doing something like this too. But I don’t know if the iron on vinyl is the safest option. I have found info on it that says it’s not recommended for use with food, it doesn’t say specifically why. I have also found that some people are using oil cloth for cute little sandwich bags but this is not safe due to the chemicals. Just a heads up!

    • Good to know charla! I really didnt even look into that! Lame of me. YEah I didnt want to do oil cloth because its felted on the back and that is weird with food. I will have to do more research on this stuff. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. I do know the iron on vinyle is not food safe. You can make wax cloth by shaving beeswax onto cloth and ironing it. It makes a food safe, water proof cloth that can be used for several years and you can add more wax as needed to spiff it up.

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  6. I made some snack baggies but used doubled over contact paper and so far they have worked great but I love the iron on vinyl. that is awesome! I may have to try that! Thanks

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