Hello everyone! Nichole from Bluebird & the Boy here, and I’m pleased to be back with you here at Sew McCool! Today I’ll be sharing a tutorial for my 1+1=2 Pocket Reusable Baggie! It’s a great reusable snack bag tutorial that you’ll go to again and again.
Like many of you, we are settling in to the idea of another school year. Supplies are (mostly) gathered, backpacks are lined up, and lunch with a table-full of school friends is highly anticipated! This is the 1+1=2 Pocket Reusable snack bag, and your kids’ friends will all be envious of this cute lunch accessory.
Speaking of those lunches, I wanted to find a way to reduce the plastic sandwich bag train that we find ourselves on every school year. (You know the one…the only thing between your dollar and the trash can is a flimsy sheet of see-through plastic!) Choosing materials that are spill-resistant and easy to clean, I came up with a two-pocket sandwich bag that will stand up to being rinsed and reused for the whole year.
Want to make your own? Great! Let’s begin!
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What You’ll Need:
- 1/2 yard of Laminated fabric (Amazon affiliate link) – or other outer fabric
- 1/2 yard of PUL fabric (Amazon affiliate link) – or other inner fabric
- Small amount of 2″ Sew-in Hook and Loop Velcro (Amazon affiliate link)
- Binder clips or quilting clips
- Sewing supplies and regular sewing notions
The measuring guidelines will result in a reusable sandwich bag that is 7″w x 9.25”h when finished.
Cut the following pieces:
Outer fabric: 7.5″w x 19″h — 1 piece
Inner fabric (lining): 7.25″w x 9.5″h — 2 pieces
Inner fabric (pocket piece): 7.25″w x 14″h — 1 piece
Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial
Before we start with sewing our pieces together, grab those binder clips. Using those in place of pins will make your life a lot easier…and save you the effort of trying to reseal little pin pricks throughout your project!
There are two ways to attach the Velcro to your baggie. You can sew it into place at the end, so that you don’t have to worry about seam allowances and placement. When developing this tutorial I sewed the Velcro at the end, and you’ll see the results in the finished pictures of the reusable snack bag that I show at the beginning and end of the tutorial.
Alternately, you can attach your Velcro in the method below for a cleaner, finished look:
1. Cut your Velcro to the desired length. I used 5″ here.
2. Depending on the height of your Velcro, place your Velcro on the two inner fabric lining pieces by center your Velcro 1/2″ to 3/4″ down from the top edge on the right sides of the inner lining pieces (not the pocket piece) and 7/8″ from each side.
If your preferred Velcro measurements vary, remember to leave room at the side edges and the top edges for the 1/4″ seam allowance.
Use clips to hold both Velcro pieces in place as you stitch the edges to secure. The photos below shows the results:
Whether you’ve just finished sewing the Velcro as above or if you’d rather sew it later, now it’s time to grab your pocket piece. Gently fold it, wrong sides together. Lay out your inner lining pieces, right sides together. Place the pocket in between, and clip all three pieces together. All right sides should be touching, with wrong sides out (the wrong side of the inner lining 2 pieces are shown below – the wrong side of this PUL is white).
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew around the edges of the lining, leaving the top open. Clip bottom corners.
Turn the lining right side out, push out the corners, and top stitch the middle pocket piece.
Alright, finish line in sight! Now, onto your outer piece! Fold your outer piece in half, right sides together. Sew down both of the side edges, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the corners.
*TIP: My favorite tool for pushing out corners perfectly is my orange peeler! It has a flat, square shape with gently rounded edges, making it safe and easy to use when pushing those corner seams out into neat right angles!
Slip your inner lining pocket piece (right sides out) into your outer piece (wrong sides out) so that both pieces are touching, right sides together. Stretch the lining very slightly as needed, and stitch around the top pieces with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 2-inch gap open for turning.
Carefully pull your lining out through your remaining gap. When both sides are right side out, use your orange peeler — I mean, point turning tool — by sliding it into the gap and pushing those corners out one last time.
Now, ease your lining into the pocket of your outer bag. (The wrong sides of both pieces will be touching).
If you didn’t sew your Velcro earlier, you can do it now. Then, top stitch around the entire opening.
You should be looking at your reusable baggie!
*TIP: You may find that your presser foot sticks to your laminate fabric when top stitching. While a teflon foot is a good investment for those who sew on a lot of laminate fabric, I simply placed a piece of scotch tape over my presser foot, and was able to easily top stitch with the tape in place. Here’s another tutorial about sewing with laminated fabrics for more information.
There you have it! Ready for school, and saving money! Kind of makes you feel like a Back-to-School Super Mom, doesn’t it?!
*a note about PUL for food storage: after researching the PUL used in this tutorial–from Babyville– I found this information on their webpage regarding food safety:
“Our PUL has passed all the necessary tests for use in children’s products and Babyville PUL has passed all the required testing that is necessary for anything to be food safe: however, there is no certification from the FDA deeming any fabric to be “food safe”. Remember PUL does have a heat sensitive laminate side so any direct heat will damage it so it is not suitable for use in the microwave or other heating vessels.”
Thanks for trying my 1+1=2 reusable sandwich bag tutorial! I hope you enjoy it.
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