Reusable Snack Bags

Some nasty virus has attacked our home, which (believe it or not) has left with me some extra time on my hands. Logan has spent hours parked on the couch in front of the television. He has had hours of necessary nap time and has even gone to bed early. This meant I finally had the chance to tackle that sewing project I was itching to start:  reusable snack bags.

I feel like I haven’t been so organized in the lunch department.  Logan is in the first grade and this is the first time he has gone to school all day long. He requires a lot of food. Ideally he should eat every few hours. Tupperware containers are just too bulky, so in order to fit in everything he needs, I’ve been using a lot of those little plastic baggies. And feeling guilty about it. So I decided to whip up a few of these cloth snack bags.

 I’ve seen them for sale before, but never wanted to pay $5 each. I found this skateboard fabric when it was on sale for $1 a yard. It was so cute and just waiting to star in my next project! For the inside lining, I used some leftover blue fabric that I had saved from a previous project. All in all, it probably cost me less than $1 to make all three.

There are three different sizes here:
Sandwich (7″x8″ finished size)
Snack (5″x6″ finished size)
Mini (4″x4″ finished size)

These close just like those ol’ fashioned sandwich bags with the flaps. That’s what I love about ’em. No buttons to fall off, no velcro to become worn. And they’re completely machine washable. The only problem I see is that I’m going to need more of them! Maybe jazzy ones for Earl, purple ones for Stella?  Check out the link for the tutorial if you want to learn how to make them. Super practical, super cute and super simple.

Comments

  1. Wow, these look fantastic! I’ve seen these before, but haven’t gotten around to making them yet. The ones that I had seen called for oil-cloth or something….

    This is definitely on my to-do list – we use waaaaay too many plastic baggies, too!

    1. I think the author of this tutorial expressed concerns over coated fabrics / waterproof fabrics? I was thrilled that I had all of the materials at home and didn’t have to run out to the store :) We’ll give ’em a try and see if they hold up to fruits and veggies. One of her tips is to use a dark liner inside so you don’t get stains.

  2. I think people were using PUL for a while (that waterproof fabric they use to make cloth diapers) and then realized it wasn’t food safe. I’ve bought sandwich/snack bags from etsy before but I make sure they use nylon, which is supposed to be food safe. Those look great! Another reason to learn to sew!

    1. Yes, I’ve heard rip-stop nylon is supposed to be food safe. We’ll see how these go. Maybe I’ll venture off into other fabrics. :)