How to Make an Eco-Friendly Snack Bagcomments (31) August 12th, 2009
In truth, my sister has been pestering me to come up with a reusable snack bag for a while now. September is right around the corner, and I decided it was time to whip up some. My little nephews will be able to tote their snacks to school in earth-friendly style. When my girls saw me making these little bags, they put in an order for some as well. Good thing they are so quick to make! Let me show you how.
What You'll Need:
- 1 - 6 x 12 piece fun cotton print
- 1 - 6 x 12 piece water resistant ripstop nylon (Safe to store dry foods in.)
- 1 - 4 1/2 piece of sew-in Velcro (1/2" wide)
- All purpose sewing thread to match your fabric
Fold the cotton fabric, right sides together and sew the side seams using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Fold ripstop nylon in half, right sides together, and sew side seams using a 3/8" seam allowance. If you've ever made a small lined bag, you may have noticed that the lining can be too big to fit inside neatly (even though you cut the lining the exact size as the bag). Using a slightly larger seam allowance on the lining of the bag allows it to fit into the bag.
Turn the cotton print to the right side and give it a good press with the iron. Use a point turner to get the bottom corners nice and crisp.
Do not press the nylon fabric. It melts easily! Trim the seam allowance to a generous 1/8".
Put the cotton bag into the nylon lining, right sides together. Pin the raw edges together.
Sew around the top edge. Leave a 3" opening to turn the bag to the right side through.
Turn bag to the right side. Finger press the seam allowances of the opening down. (You can also use an iron on a low heat setting. Just make sure to press the cotton print side.)
Cut a piece of 1/2" wide Velcro the width of the bag. Sew the soft side along one edge and the hook side along the opposite edge. You will close up the opening in the bag too.
Sew a short diagonal tack to encase the ends of the velcro, closing the small openings between the ends of the velcro and the side seams of the bag. Now your eco-friendly snack bag Cheerio worthy!
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