I started making these reusable snack bags a few years ago and I love them! They work well for most any snack. They fold over at the top like a classic sandwich bag. After you have used it simply rinse it out and let it dry. I’ve used them for years and they have held up well. They also make cute gifts. The bags are so quick to make that you can whip up lots of them if you need to take snacks for your child’s class or sports team. The tutorial I used to learn to make them is awesome. The Crafty Gemini has a perfect how-to video here. I’ll just give a summary and pictures below since her tutorial is hard to beat! By the way, she has a great video for making envelope pillows also…if you are interested!
Sewing Machine – Thread
The suggested size for the bag is 18″ long and 7″ wide. However, you can make an assortment of sizes if you would like. I always like to use random scrap pieces of fabric so I’ve made pretty small bags also. Cut your fabric to the desired size for your bag.
On the short ends of the fabric use the pinking shears to trim the fabric. The laminated cotton does not usually fray so if you don’t have pinking shears you can skip this step. The pinking shears add a nice finished edge though.
Lay the fabric with the pretty side up and fold one end over two inches and crease.
Fold the other end up to meet it.
You can pin these edges to hold it while you sew it or use binder clips. I usually just hold one side and sew it right away. Simply sew down both edges, be sure to backstitch at the start and end of each row.
I always like to zig zag stitch the edges also but this is probably just overkill. I didn’t zig zag stitch the bags I made years ago and they work great.
Just trim the threads and turn your bag inside out. I use a chopstick to help poke the corners out.
Fold over the top flap and do the same to those corners. That’s all there is to it. Start to finish is less than 10 minutes. It’s an easy project that can save money in the long run. The laminated cotton usually comes in pretty wide rolls so one yard will usually make quite a few bags. The bags make a pretty cute addition to your lunch bag!
If you are looking for the perfect snack to put in your new bag, try these homemade cheese crackers!