I've posted a snack bag tutorial before but it's been a couple years... what!? And since then I've made dozens and have refined my skills and techniques. So here we go with a 2nd take (2 1/2 years later) with a lot more pictures and directions.
But first let me tell you why I really love these!
~ I love to save money, be creative and add color to my life where I can.
~ I am directly recycling and using scrap fabrics.
~ These are food safe. I was not comfortable making snack bags out of just fabric, nylon or laminated fabrics because for one, wet or greasy foods would leak through the fabric and nylon. I wasn't getting any good answers from manufactures if the laminated cotton was food safe. Plus let's face it, laminated fabric is expensive!
~ Easy to clean. I frequently will flip them inside out and rinse them under the faucet adding a little soap if needed.
~ These are machine washable! When the fabric gets dirty I half flip them inside out, so the inside and outside of the bags are exposed and toss them in with my towels. I don't use fabric softener in this load. To be perfectly honest they often go in the dryer too. I use a low temp setting and I have never had a problem. Of course putting heat on them may make them emit some horrible chemical but my thinking is when it cools down it goes back to the original state...oh yes, I have spent many moments thinking about all the possibilities! The bags we have now are about 2 years old and are in great condition.
Plastic cereal bag
scrap fabrics measuring at least 4" x 7"
3/4" velcro (hook & loop)
scissors (rotary cutter, mat & ruler are helpful)
On the hook side (rougher side) you might find that the thread gets caught and messy. It happens and I just take a deep breath before I start swearing then cut the thread, re-thread the needle and continue on.