These are a perfect example of my saying “if I can do it, you can do it”. I first made these as party favors for my little girl’s second birthday party. While I don’t normally do “candy” favors, it was a garden themed party and we had put gummy worms and such in cute watering cans and flower pots. Instead of doing cellophane bags for the kids to take the candy home in, I made these reusable snack bags.
They were so easy to make, I ended up making a bunch more and now I use them instead of zip top bags. We put everything in them from snacks, bandaids, hair accessories, socks… anything little (or big if you want to make them bigger).
I did a lot of research on what material would be best to use… oil cloth, vinyl, food-safe fabric, at first it seemed like there were a lot of options out there. But the more I dove into it, the more I realized you really do want to be careful what you use if food will actually be touching it. I finally landed on this amazing Etsy shop, “Laminates”. She has a TON of cute food-safe laminated cotton patterns.
Most of them are laminated on the front, which is fine. I’ve used them before and they sure seem to work just fine. But I personally got in the habit of using the “Laminated Cotton on Back” remnants. If you put something sticky in the bag, like a PB&J sandwich, it seems to wipe off a little easier. If you were feeling super fancy, she sells the vinyl that you could make your own laminated cotton. I’m not that fancy.
I tried oil cloth, too. It was ok, but quite thick and bulky to work with. Whatever you go with, I found a great trick was to rub chap stick on the foot of the sewing machine so that it doesn’t stick to the laminated fabric.
Now on to the tutorial:
You will need the fabric, a long strip of Velcro, pins, scissors, ribbon, one zip-top bag, a pencil, and of course a sewing machine.
Next, trace two lengths of the zip-top bag on the back side of the material.
Cut the rectangle out, then pin each side of the Velcro on the top and bottom, looping the ribbon and pinning it in the middle underneath the Velcro.
Now fold it in half, still inside out, and pin the sides together.
Sew each side “about” an 1/8 inch in. I am NOT precise about this. Then flip it right side in, and Voila! A quick easy homemade reusable snack bag.
I like to make myself a little assembly line and do a bunch at once.
For bonus points, if you want to be fancy, you can sew buttons on as well.