This reusable snack bags DIY tutorial has easy to follow instructions and photos so that you never have to buy plastic baggies again. If this is your first sewing project, it’s a good one!
Am I the only one who feels like they are buying plastic baggies every time they go to the grocery store? We use them for snacks in the car, in my purse, at picnics, trips to the river, trips anywhere really! It’s such a waste.
With limited materials and basic sewing skills, you can crank out a bunch of reusable snack bags in no time. Plus you choose the fabric, so they are sure to be adorable. They are fantastic sellers at craft fairs too!
This reusable snack bags DIY makes a bag large enough to hold a sandwich, but small enough to toss in a bag. They are an awesome start to living a zero waste life style or just saving some cash in your grocery budget.
Supplies for Reusable Snack Bags
- 1 yard Cotton Fabric
- 1 yard Waterproof Fabric
- Sewing Clips
- Sew On Hook and Loop
- Marking Pen
- Seam Gauge
- All Purpose Thread
- Sewing Machine
I chose a cotton fabric with a waterproof lining for this project, but oilcloth would work well too. You can cut them from one piece of fabric or mix and match multiple prints.
For the hook and loop, also known as Velcro, make sure you use the sew on kind rather than sticky backed. The sticky kind does not stick to cotton well, and it won’t hold up to repeated use.
How to Make Reusable Snack Bags
Begin by cutting your cotton fabric and waterproof fabric 16″ x 8″. If using more than one cotton fabric, cut two at 8″ x 8″.
Again, if using two fabrics, place right sides together. Clip along one side and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Then iron the seams open.
With the right side of the cotton fabric(s) and the shiny side of the waterproof fabric facing each other, clip all four sides together. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around, leaving a 3″ opening.
Turn right-side-out, and topstitch the opening closed.
Cut the hook and loop to 6″ strips. Clip it each end of the bag, on the waterproof side, allowing 1/2″ clearance o either side side and 1/4″ from the top. Sew the Velcro in place with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Fold the snack bag in half so the strips of hook and loop come together.
Sew along the sides and the bottom with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Backstitch alongside the Velcro for durability.
To use your snack bag, simply pull the hook and loop apart to open, insert snack, and press the hook and loop closed. Clean with soap and water when necessary. They can also be machine washed on cold and air dried.
- Cut both fabrics 16" by 8".
- Clip with right sides together.
- Sew around perimeter with 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 3" opening.
- Turn right side out.
- Stitch opening closed.
- Cut both sides of the Velcro to 6" strips.
- Clip one to center of each short end on the waterproof fabric side.
- Sew Velcro with 1/2" seam allowance.
- Fold in half so the Velcro strips meet.
- Sew sides and bottom with 1/4" seam allowance, backstitching alongside Velcro.
Be sure to use sew on hook and loop for this project, not stick on.
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