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Tutorial: Make Your Own Reusable Snack Bags

When I posted last week about tips for a healthy business trip, a lot of people commented on my reusable snack bags!

They are a breeze to make! So I thought I’d share a quick resusable snack bag tutorial. These go very, very quickly if you assembly line them. I made a dozen of them in about an hour and a half.

Materials:

  • Outside cotton fabric (fun pattern!)
  • Coordinating cotton liner fabric
  • Iron-on vinyl (available at fabric stores)
  • Velcro
  • Coordinating thread

Instructions:

First up, cut all your pieces. For the large (sandwich) sized bag, cut two pieces of each fabric and the vinyl into 6-1/2″ squares. For the smaller version, cut into 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ pieces. Or, really whatever size you want! Cut a strip of velcro to 6-1/2″.

Gather all your pieces.

Heat your iron to medium/wool setting. To attach your vinyl, pull the vinyl off the backing.

Line it up, tacky side down, on one of the liner fabric pieces.

Place the backing paper back over the vinyl and iron for 15-20 seconds over the entire piece of fabric.

Peel the backing off the fabric.

And voila! Vinyl-coated fabric!

Repeat with the second piece of lining fabric and vinyl.

Next up, pin one half of the velcro strip 3/4″ from the top of  the vinyl-coated side of one of the pieces of lining fabric.

You may be tempted to not pin, but that vinyl gets slippery. Trust me, you want to pin it.

Repeat with the other piece of lining fabric and the other half of the velcro.

Using coordinating thread, sew all the way around the velcro on each piece, starting and stopping in the same place.

Velcro attached!

This is what the stitching on the back looks like. Although you’ll never see it in the finished product, I’m showing you this so you can see my stitches.

Repeat with the other lining piece.

Next up, pin one piece of lining fabric with velcro to one piece of outside fabric, right-sides together.

Sew along 1/4″ from the top.

Repeat with other lining and outside fabric piece.

Open up both pieces and finger press them.

You don’t want to iron these at this step because the vinyl will melt. Pressing the seam down with your finger will be sufficient.

Put together both pieces, right sides together, matching up the seams and velcro.

Sew around the perimeter of the piece, starting at the bottom of the lining fabric.

Leave open a 2″ space at the bottom of the lining fabric for turning.

Almost done!

Turn the bag right-side-out through the opening in the bottom of the liner.

Next up, close the opening in the bottom of the liner. Fold in and create a seam.

Now I usually just topstitch over this. I figure no one will be looking at the inside of my bag. But, if you really want it to be finished-looking, you can slipstitch it.

Almost done! Push the liner into the outside fabric.

See, you can’t even see the topstitched opening.

Take a light iron to the outside. Make sure you pull apart the liner immediately after ironing, the vinyl will stick together a bit.

To clean, turn inside out and wipe down. Or, if it gets really soiled, toss it into the washer and air dry.

Go make some!

Cassie Johnston

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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