As most of you know, I have a LOT of kids! This is the first year where the majority of my kids are in school for lunch. That means we go through a LOT of baggies. I hate that. I tried Tupperware. There is nothing more taxing than trying to find matching tops and containers at 6am, five days a week! This led me to wanting DIY Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags! For this tutorial, I’m using scraps from the Aura line from Mister Domestic for Art Gallery Fabrics. (Side note: Mister Domestic has a fabulous YouTube channel and Facebook group!) I used this fabric for these beautiful Girls’ Layla Dresses last spring and I’m still obsessed with it! The kids are pumped about this too and are eager to pick out their own fabrics. I’ve even included a little bonus step to make filling the bags easier. But wait, there’s more! I’ve made a video tutorial for you too! You can see it over on our YouTube page. Join me!
- Main woven fabric 11″ long x 7″ wide for a snack bag or 18″ long by 7″ wide for a sandwich bag
- Ripstop nylon, laminated fabric, or PUL for lining cut to same dimensions as your main fabric
- Correct type of needle for your lining material
- Clips or pins
- Sewing machine or serger
- Match your main and lining fabrics Right Sides Together and sew short edges with 1/4″ seam allowance. This can be done with a serger or a sewing machine.
2. Turn Right Sides Out and press. (Okay, okay, pressing is optional. Make sure your fabric can be pressed and that it’s even worthwhile. Ripstop Nylon doesn’t hold a press, so I didn’t bother.)
3. Fold one short end Right Sides Together 2″ and clip.
4. Fold the opposite short end Right Sides Together and match the short edges. Re-clip the sides.
5. Sew down both sides. If you are using a sewing machine, zigzag or overcast along the edge after using a straight stitch. You can also use pinking shears instead of the zigzag. Tuck in serger tails using a tapestry needle.
6. You can be done if you’re not interested in boxing the corners! Just turn it right sides out and boom! Reusable snack or sandwich bag!
7. To box your corners, keep your bag inside out and stick your hand inside the bag near one corner. Spread your fingers apart and flatten the bottom of the bag. Clip 1/2″ and sew with a straight stitch. If you have a serger, trim the excess as you sew and you’re done. If you have a sewing machine, continue to the next step.
8. Turn bag Right Sides Out and push triangle flap of fabric up the side seam. Stitch in the ditch (the seam created on the sides of the bag) from the outside of the bag to tack your triangle on the side of your bag. Repeat on the other side!
Now go make a million more!