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How to Make an Eco-Friendly Snack Bag

August 8th, 2014     

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These reusable snack bags are definitely Cheerio worthy.  Make some of these cute bags and save a Ziplock!

These reusable snack bags are definitely Cheerio worthy.  Make some of these cute bags and save a Ziplock!

Jen Stern

Cut the cotton fabric and the ripstop nylon the same size for each bag, but feel free to customize the size to fit your snack storage needs.

Cut the cotton fabric and the ripstop nylon the same size for each bag, but feel free to customize the size to fit your snack storage needs.

Jen Stern

Use a rotary cutter and ruler to make quick work of cutting out the fabric accurately.

Use a rotary cutter and ruler to make quick work of cutting out the fabric accurately.

Jen Stern

These reusable snack bags are definitely Cheerio worthy.  Make some of these cute bags and save a Ziplock!

These reusable snack bags are definitely Cheerio worthy.  Make some of these cute bags and save a Ziplock!

Photo: Jen Stern

In truth, my sister has been pestering me to come up with a reusable snack bag for a while now.  September is right around the corner, and I decided it was time to whip up some. My little nephews will be able to tote their snacks to school in earth-friendly style. When my girls saw me making these little bags, they put in an order for some as well. Good thing they are so quick to make! Let me show you how.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 – 6 x 12 piece fun cotton print
  • 1 – 6 x 12 piece water resistant ripstop nylon  (Safe to store dry foods in.)
  • 1 – 4 1/2 piece of sew-in Velcro (1/2″ wide)
  • All purpose sewing thread to match your fabric

Fold the cotton fabric, right sides together and sew the side seams using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

sew side seams    

Fold ripstop nylon in half, right sides together, and sew side seams using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  If you’ve ever made a small lined bag, you may have noticed that the lining can be too big to fit inside neatly (even though you cut the lining the exact size as the bag).   Using a slightly larger seam allowance on the lining of the bag allows it to fit into the bag.

sew ripstop nylon    

Turn the cotton print to the right side and give it a good press with the iron. Use a point turner to get the bottom corners nice and crisp.

press cotton fabric    

posted in: eco friendly, reusable, velcro, snack bag, cotton print, water resistant nylon


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