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.

DONE!

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.

Up Cycle Tank Top: Adding Braided Straps

Since I’m on permanent vacation right now I decided I should really be productive. After my successful cardigan I decided to try another crafting project Ive seen around. This one involves embellishing a Wife Beater Tank Top with braided straps. I used fabric from the cardigan project to make the braids, and the tank is just something Ive had forever. This one requires a bit of sewing, but not much. I kind of suck at tutorials so Ill do the best I can, but remember if you go to try this its sort of a “wing-it” project so just pay attention when your sewing.

tank

step one

STEP ONE: Find and old tank top that has medium thin straps (you could use Ribbon on a spaghetti strap tank) I like these basic Hanes tanks because (they are cheap) and the taper in nicely. Then you want to cut off the straps right about where the edging comes to a point (or about where the actual strap starts)

STEP TWO: Cut three strips of fabric about 3/4 of and inch to a full inch depending on how thick you want your braid (also note how thick your fabric is, try braiding it before you sew just to see)

Step Two sew

step 4

STEP THREE: I kind of pinched my tank a bit and gave it a quick sew because my braid was a little thinner than where I cut the strap off. Next (and this can be a bit tricky) you want to line up your braid fabric evenly with your tank strap and sew across. If either piece is bigger than the other it will stick out and not look like a smooth transition. Make sure you put cut end to cut end and sew across (like you do with a purse) so when you turn it right-side -to you dont see the seams.

STEP FOUR: BRAID!

STEP FIVE: Do the same as step 3 to the back. Pay close attention that you dont twist your strap around weird.

STEP SIX: Repeat on the other side…TaDa!

Now wear it with your new Up Cycled Cardigan too!

finished tank bare

finsihed with swet