Sunday, May 6, 2012

my take on a snack sack

There are tons of tutorials out there on snack sacks but I finally made one that works for our family.  First off I went looking for a good solution to the lining.  Regular fabric is out.  First reason is it doesn't keep what's inside fresh and anything greasy like chips is gonna leak though.  I carry several laminated cottons in my shop so I did some research on if they were food safe.  In that search I started to find all sorts of horrible things about fabrics.  Who had any idea?  Actually I was pretty bummed out thinking how can I make a reusable bag that I feel comfortable having my kids use?  Some days I send my preschooler to school with as many as 3 or 4 baggies.  Using containers is not an option because there is only so much space in her little kitty lunch box.  My solution - recycle what I already have which makes me feel even better about these little snack sacks!  Enjoy the tutorial.

First of all I prefer to use a serger for this snack sack because it's so much faster but a regular sewing machine can be used with a few extra seams.  I have subbed in some of those instructions too.

2 pieces 6 1/2" wide x 7" tall pieces of fabric for exterior
2 pieces 6 1/2" wide x 7" tall plastic from cereal box lining.  (For this you want to make sure you use the opaque plastic found inside the cardboard cereal box.     You will want to test the plastic first by cutting it with a pair of scissors then pulling at the cut.  If it tears easily then it's not a good plastic to use.)
Velcro (I used 3/4" and cut in half lengthwise)

Sew the strips of velcro to the tops of the plastic pieces about 3/4" from the top.

 Serge the plastic to the exterior fabric at the tops.  (or sew right sides together then flip right sides out and top stitch.)

 Put your pieces insides together and serge around the last three sides.  (or right sides together stitch around the last three sides.  Use pinking shears around those edges then turn right side out.) 

Recycling and saving plastic all at once!

Super fast & easy to sew!

Use up scraps.  Make lots of different sizes. 

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