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.