Are you as sick as I am of spending a ton of money on plastic baggies? Not only do I feel bad that they are totally wasteful, and pretty expensive- but they just aren’t very cute, either! I’ve recently tried to make more of the things we rely on daily, like snack bags- and I just had to share this fun (and super easy!!!) tutorial with you. The version I am showing you today relies on velcro, but you can easily substitute snaps or make an envelope style bag with a button so they are quiet in church (I hate how loud our plastic baggies are in church)
I haven’t totally tossed out the bags, but when I have a big enough stash of these little beauties, I’d like to have them for raw meat only (while I use PUL lining in all of these bags, and they are graded food safe by the USDA, putting raw meat or even cooked meat kind of creeps me out- I am weird).
To start, you’ll need:
Any kind of washable cotton, canvas, or other material
PUL lining, or any other foodsafe fabric (you can ask the staff at your craft store to direct you to appropriate liners). JoAnn Fabrics is now carrying a new line called Babyville Boutiqe- they offer PUL fabrics, snaps, velcro, elastic and really cute decorations in adorable colors. If you use their PUL, you do not need an outer fabric!
Cut your fabric and liner into the size bag you’d like. If you want to make an envelope, measure out 1 1/2 times the length of the complete bag height to account for folding. For an easy bag, just make a little more than double the height.
Pin and sew your fabric to your PUL lining. Use a straight stitch.
Next, fold down the tops of the bag, and fold down once more (it helps if you iron the folds to keep them in place). This will give your bag a nice, finished top. Straight stitch along the bottom of the fabric fold to keep in place.
Next, if you have any kind of patch or embellishment (the patch pictured is from Babyville Boutique), iron or sew on.
Sew velcro to the inside tops of the bag.
Place right sides of bag together (inside out) and straight stitch down the sides of the bag. I like to double stitch the top and bottom of the bags for extra strength.
Turn right side out, and you’re done! Pre-wash your fabric, and then load up your snacks, and show off your cute little baggies! How adorable would these be in a homemade lunch bag? Or in a sweet diaper bag?