If you ask me, snack sacks are one of the best inventions ever! We use them constantly – for waste-free lunches, roadtrips and any time we need food on the go. I’ve given many of them as gifts over the years, but I finally got around to making some myself. They are super easy to sew and once you’ve made one, you might as well make a bunch! Here’s a quickie tutorial to get you on your way:
What You Need:
Fabric: Choose either PVC-free oil cloth (mine was from Mimi the Sardine although it’s not clear if they still sell fabric by the yard. You can also try Etsy.) or organic cotton (check out the pretty prints from Daisy Janie, Betz White and others on Etsy.)
Velcro: 5-inch strip of 5/8 inch velcro
How to Make It:
For a finished bag of about 6″ wide by 5″ tall, start with a piece of fabric 7″ wide x 12″ long. (Make whatever size you want by adding 1″ to the width and 2″ to length of your fabric for seam allowances.)
On both top and bottom edges, turn fabric under 1/4 inch. Press (if using oil cloth, place a towel between iron and fabric and iron at a low setting) and sew in place.
Fold the same edges over another 3/4 inch. Press and pin in a couple places. Place velcro strip on each edge (the fuzzy side on one edge and the hook side on the other edge) and sew in place (see photo).
Fold material in half with right sides together. Stitch side seams at 1/2 inch. Turn bag inside out and push corners out with the end of a pencil if you need to. The velcro seams should match together at the top.
Voila – a simple snack sack!
Looking for more DIY gift ideas? Check out my Make It Green page for a listing of all my DIY posts all in one spot!
(This post is linked to My Green Resource and a round-up of DIY ideas at Healthy Child Healthy World.)