Learn how to make your own reusable DIY snack & sandwich bags with this easy tutorial.
Are reusable snack bags as indispensable in your life as they are in mine?
We use ours for school lunches, road trips and snacking on-the-go. It took a while to get into the habit of using reusable snack bags instead of plastic baggies, but now that we use them regularly, I can’t imagine not having them.
Why Use Reusable Snack Bags in the First Place?
We know we’ve got a big problem with plastic waste on this planet. In fact, 9 million tons of it end up in the ocean every year.
There are many swaps we can make to reduce our dependence on plastic wrap and disposable baggies. Switching to reusable snack and sandwich bags instead of disposables are an easy step we all can take to do our part for the planet! Plus, brightly colored reusable bags are much more fun to use!
Keep reading for the easy sewing tutorial, but no worries if you’re not the crafty type, there are plenty of reusable snack bags available to buy as well.
DIY Snack & Sandwich Bags Tutorial
If you’re even slightly handy with a sewing machine, I suggest learning how to make these snack and sandwich bags yourself. I think you’d be surprised at how easy they are, and you’ll save money by making instead of buying.
Plus you get to pick the fabric! This is a great project for using up fabric scraps you have on hand, or you can buy remnants or fat quarters at the fabric store without spending a fortune.
Once you get sewing, you’ll want to make a bunch of bags at a time – make a stash for your family to use and some for gifts too!
- sewing machine
- cotton fabric
- ripstop nylon lining
- 5/8″ wide sew-on Velcro
- coordinating thread
Snack Bag (5″ x 6″ finished size): Start with 12″ x 7″ pieces of both cotton fabric and ripstop nylon as well as a 5″ strip of Velcro.
Sandwich Bag (6″ x 7 1/2″ finished size): Start with 14″ x 8 1/2″ pieces of both cotton fabric and ripstop nylon as well as a 6 1/2″ strip of Velcro.
Place cotton fabric and ripstop nylon together with right side of cotton facing out (there is no right or wrong side to ripstop nylon).
Fold top edge under 1/4″ and lightly press with an iron on low setting (not too hot or nylon may melt). Use sewing machine to stitch in place. Repeat with bottom edge.
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 stitch in place.
Fold material in half with right sides together. Stitch side seams at 1/2 inch. When finished, trim seams to 1/4 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.
Finished bags can be washed by hand or machine-washed.
See, I told you it was easy! Enjoy your snack bags and feel good about doing your part for the planet!
What kind of foods do you carry in a snack sack?