With the start of playschool drawing near for Little C, I’m starting to think about packing snacks and how I can make them fun for her. I’m also working towards making snacks and lunches I pack “litterless”, so that we re-use as many packages as possible and make less waste. One of my first purchases towards our litterless school lunches and snacks this year were these Goodbyn Bynto boxes from Bumblebee Kids along with some reusable juice boxes.
Next, I finally set up my sewing machines (the poor things have been in storage since we moved!) and set out to design a very simple reusable snack bag for things like sandwiches and crackers. I came up with an easy design that took me only 15 minutes to sew! These little DIY reusable snack bags are cute and they’ll be so functional for back-to-school snacks and lunches.
Materials (for one 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ snack bag):
- 2 pieces of laminated cotton (or another material you choose**) that measure at least 7 1/2 x 16 1/2″
- a roll of 1″ wide velcro
- sewing machine & thread
- paper clips to hold slippery fabric in place (optional)
**I realize that some people may prefer to use organic cottons or other fabrics near their food, so please choose a fabric that you’re comfortable with. Keep in mind that if your fabric does not have a “plasticky” coating, your food won’t stay as soft or crisp. I’ve researched laminated cotton and I’m comfortable with using it next to my food. It’s pthalate free and BPA free.
Cut out two rectangles of laminated cotton that measure 7 1/2 ” wide by 16 1/2″ long. I chose to cut my lining and outer fabric out of the same kind of fabric (laminated cotton), but you could make them each a different type of fabric if you choose. Place them right sides together and sew around three sides (using a 1/2″ seam allowance), leaving one short end open. You can choose to keep the fabrics in place with paper clips as you sew (I just wing it!).
Turn the rectangle right-side-out, and then fold the short edges in about 1/2″ and topstitch to close the remaining short end.
Finger press around the perimeter of the rectagle (you can’t use an iron on laminated cotton). Cut a piece of velcro that’s about 6″ long, and sew the “hook” side to the top edge of your rectangle as shown (use the side without the topstitching) and the “loop” side to the opposite end of the rectangle (but place it on the back of the rectangle and about 2″ from the edge as shown).
Fold the bottom edge up as shown, so that the bottom velcro is facing outward and its edge is about 2 1/2″ inches from the top edge as shown. Secure with paper clips if you wish, and then topstich around three sides of the snack bag, securing the sides and finishing the flap.
Now, wasn’t that simple? It’s a darling little reusable snack bag in a few easy steps and with minimal materials.
I could make a ton of these (and I plan to)! Let me know how they work for you. If you prefer a zippered snack bag over one with Velcro, have a look at my zippered wet bag tutorial and size it to your needs.
Happy Back-To-School time!