These are great for when you're on the way home from Target and the kids want to eat that bag of goldfish crackers you just bought. They each get their own little snack bag to hold, they don't dump the entire bag you just bought all over the car, and they don't eat the entire bag on the fifteen minute ride home.
I know there are a ton of snack bag tutorials out there, but the tutorial I'm about to share is for an unlined linen bag with finished (French) interior seams. Why linen? Linen is a natural fiber (and I can throw it in the washing machine). There is always an argument over what is and isn't food grade when it comes to waterproof options, so I stayed away from those entirely. I don't need these snack sacks to hold anything but crackers, Tings, and maybe some gummy fruit snacks.
Why unlined? Two reasons: 1) Less bulk. That makes them super easy to
Why French seams? I don't have a serger, so the French seams keep the inside of the bag nice and neat... no loose threads falling off the seam edges into the crackers.
Have I convinced you that these are awesome? Here's how to make your own...
Materials (to make one 6.75" x 5.5" snack bag):
- linen (A large scrap will work. You only need an 8.5" x 13" rectangle to make one bag.)
- cotton scraps to embellish
- hook and loop tape (flexible sew-on type... I used 5/8" wide but trimmed down.)
- fusible web (I used Heat n Bond Lite.)
Step 1: Cut your linen into an 8.5" x 13" rectangle. For the accent strip, cut a piece of cotton that is 8.5" x 2.5".
Step 2: Match up the short ends of your piece of linen and press in half. Unfold and lay flat.
Take your 2.5" wide accent strip and lay it right side down. Press both long edges in 1/4" toward the wrong side of the fabric.
Step 3: Take your accent strip and align the bottom edge 1.25" above the pressed fold line in your linen piece.
Pin in place. Sew the accent strip onto your linen by stitching 1/8" inside both the top and bottom edges of the accent strip.
Step 4 (Optional): Choose a fabric element that you would like to add as an embellishment on your snack bag (I chose the cute little apple from the Alexander Henry Farmdale collection). Cut a piece of fusible web a bit larger than your fabric element, and iron it onto the back of your fabric. Carefully cut around your fabric element ( I left about 1/8" of the white background fabric around the outside edge). Remove the paper from the back of your fusible web and place your fabric element wherever you would like it (but keep it at least 1.5" from the right and left sides of the bag).
Press in place. Slowly and carefully sew around the outside edge of your fabric element. Make sure your linen isn't folded in half while sewing... I may have spent some quality time with my seam ripper after this step :)
Step 5: Time to start putting this thing together. Refold your linen in half along the pressed fold line. Your accent piece should be facing out (i.e. fold with wrong sides together).
Make sure your raw edges match up, and pin along both sides. Sew down both sides using a 1/4" seam allowance. Seam allowance is very important when creating French seams.
Clip the two bottom corners, turn the bag wrong side out, and press.
Sew down both sides again using a 3/8" seam allowance. I'll say it again... Seam allowance is very important when creating French seams.
Step 6: Leaving your bag wrong side out, press the top edge down 1/2" all the way around. Fold over 1/2" again and press to conceal the raw edge.
Stitch all the way around the bag 1/8" up from the bottom edge of the fold.
Step 7: Time for the hook and loop tape. Measure your bag from on inside seam to the other to determine how long you need to cut your hook and loop. Mine ended up being just under 7" for each side of the bag. I had some 5/8" wide hook and loop tape in my stash, but I cut it down to about 3/8" wide so that I could zigzag stitch it onto the bag and cover most of the width with the widest zigzag setting on my machine. Still keeping your bag wrong side out, pin the hook tape to the top edge of one side of the bag. Pin the loop tape to the top edge of the other side of the bag. Sew in place using a wide zigzag stitch, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and the end.
|This picture shows the zigzag stitching on the outside of the bag with the bag turned right side out.|
Step 8: Now turn your bag right side out.
Push the bottom corners out with a blunt object. Press to make it look nice and neat. Now look inside at those beautiful French seams...
Nice, huh? Now fill it up with cookies... you deserve a treat after all that sewing :)
Now it's your turn... Check out this month's Point of View collage and link up your past or present green projects at the Point of View Green Link Party! What does green mean to you? St. Patrick's Day? Something that is the color green? Something you made that is "green" (recycled, upcycled, reused, etc)? All interpretations are welcome!
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