Last week I briefly discussed my search for ways to cut cost, because of the hardships we are all facing these days. In an effort to cut back on my produce bill at the grocery store, I created my first Mommy Project of the year. I started a vegetable garden of my own. It is small scale, but it is underway. If I manage to keep it alive this month, I might expand on it. That project got me thinking about where are some of the other ways that I can scale back or change our level of consumption. Let me tell you, there is a fairly long list. And with being a new mom, I only have so much time on my hands. So I opted to start with something small.
Today I put together some reusable snack bags. I love these, because I hate wasting Ziplock bags. I buy the giant 3pack of Ziplock bags at Costco and use them for everything. But what bothers me most about them is that you use them once and then throw them away. If you hate throwing them out as much as I do, these little snack bags are the perfect solution! I made several different sizes for the various uses I have for them. This is a great project, because it doesn’t take a lot of fabric to make these. As a matter of fact, that little pile of scrap fabric you’ve been saving is perfect for this project. So pick out some really cute printed fabric and let’s get to work.
Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial
These reusable bags are extremely simple and easy to make, so cut out multiple pieces so you don’t have to go backwards. They make great gifts too! Pick out some fun prints and put together a few sets for your nieces and nephews or your grandchildren. They’ll be a hit. I can promise you that. Our finished bags will measure 5 ½” x 6 ½”. You can adjust the size of the bags to make them bigger or smaller by changing the measurements of the fabrics you start with.
For a Set of 3
¼ yard Printed Fabric for the Exterior
¼ yard Utility Fabric or Osnaburg Fabric for the Lining
½ yard Sew-On Velcro
Tip: When choosing which fabric you would like to choose for your lining, here’s a way to decide. The Utility Fabric is best for foods that might melt or be sticky. The utility fabric is easily cleaned by wiping the inside of your snack bag. The Osnaburg Fabric is best for foods that crumble like crackers. I recommend making your sets of snack bags using both the utility and the osnaburg fabric.
We’ll begin by cutting our fabrics and Velcro. These instructions are for making a set of three bags. So if you would like to make more, just adjust your measurements accordingly. Cut three rectangular pieces of your exterior fabric measuring 7” x 12.” Then cut three rectangular pieces of your lining fabric measuring 7” x 12.” Cut three 6” pieces of Velcro.
On each piece of lining fabric, pin your pieces of Velcro on each end, about 1/2″ in from the edge.
Machine stitch the Velcro to your fabric. Stitch close to the edges on all four sides and backstitch at both ends.
Place your lining and exterior fabric right sides together. Match up your raw edges and pin them in place.
Machine stitch around the edges of your fabric using a 1/4″ seam, and backstitch at both ends. Leave a 3” opening on one side, so you can turn you bag right side out.
Time to turn your bag right side out. Trim your corners at a 45 degree angle and the pull your bag right side out. Press your bag with an iron.
Machine stitch along the top edge of each end of your bags, about ¼” from the edges.
Almost finished! Fold your bag in half lining sides together. Match up your top edges and Velcro.
Machine stitch the sides of your bags together. Use a ¼” seam and backstitch at both ends.
Great news – You are finished! Now open up your snack bags and fill them up with your yummy snacks. I told you they were easy!