Sewing is one of those things I wish I could go back and learn when my mother and I still lived under the same roof. I wish I had listened when she said one day, when I had little ones, I would wish I knew how to sew. Twenty years later, and I’m moving slowly away from only being able to make things that are square. Thankfully, when our family decided to stop buying most paper products and snack bags, I was in luck. I could do square.
Whether you’re a sewist who is just learning or one who has moved on to other shapes, these snack bags couldn’t be easier. They cost very little, are waterproof, and take only a handful of minutes to make.
1 fat quarter or a 18 x 21 inch piece of cotton for outside of bag
PUL, 100% Nylon, or oilcloth (18 x 21 inches) for the liner — just make sure it is waterproof and food safe.
To make three large bags, cut both fabrics into three 7 ½ x 18 inch strips.
To make three medium sized bags, cut both fabrics into three 7 x 16 inch strips.
To make eight small bags, cut both fabrics into eight 4 ½ x 12 inch strips.
Unless otherwise indication, use a 1/2 inch seam allowance throughout.
Pin the cotton strip and liner strip right sides together and sew a straight stitch up three of the sides, leaving the top open.
Turn what now looks like a tube right side out.
Iron the cotton side flat.
With the liner side facing you, fold the bottom of the tube cotton side up so that it is ¾ of the way folded and facing you. Pin sides in place.
Now fold the opening down ¼ inch towards you, twice, to create a seam and pin.
Sew along top seam and both side seams.
Turn the flap down over the opening of the bag and iron.
These bags can be easily turned inside out to brush crumbs or be rinsed. They can also be laundered. Just pay attention to lining instruction. If you use PUL do not put them in a dryer with high heat.
My kids love choosing the fabrics, I’ve given many away to friends with special snacks nestled inside, and above all, I love that something so simple and inexpensive, is used daily in our lives.
Kelly Sage writes about simple living and the joy of doing so on her blog Sagetribe. After nine years of teaching middle and high school English, Kelly has decided to homeschool and put more energy into her love of writing. She facilitates writing circles at Writing for a Change in Bloomington, IN., loves to be outside, and put good food on the family table.