I continue my effort to reduce my stash of fabric and contribute to my grand niece's funds for her trip this summer.
I had a discussion with my sister the other day about making reusable bags. She was considering making bags for girls to carry their feminine hygiene products discreetly in their purses and or back packs. Great idea.
After that discussion I thought I had a great simple idea to make fold top bags. I mostly made snack sized ones but the sky is the limit for size. The fold top concept is familiar to most of us and likely to school aged children who take lunches to school.
These bags have no zippers are Velcro. With a total of 4 seams they are quick to make. I basically let the size of my fabric dictate the size of the bag in order to make efficient use of my resources.
Basically you need 2 pieces of fabric the same size. I chose bright colorful patterned fabric for the outside and light colored solids for the inside so you can easily see the food inside.
1. Cut the fabric 7x12 inches.
2. Sew all the way around leaving a two inch gap on one of the short sides.
3. Trim the excess fabric in the corners and turn inside out.
4. Iron flat.
5. Sew the gap closed.
6. Lay the rectangle tall in front of you on the table. Bring up the bottom to be 2" away from the top. Fold the 2" flap down over the piece you brought up.
7. Sew all the layers together on the right and left sides with narrow seams. I back stitched a bit where the flap connects with the other layer as that will be the stressed connection as the child opens and closes the bag.
Based on these measurements your finished bag will be 6.00"W & 4.75"T.
The bags can be placed in the laundry for cleaning then be ready for another day.
Having a stack of these on hand will ensure plastic baggies do not end up in our landfills and oceans. Saves you money because think of how many you use in a typical school year!
These are not waterproof so are not suitable for snacks with liquids.
Great for pretzels, popcorn, any cereal, fresh fruit like apples or grapes, or crackers.
Easy to open for small hands. I hope that they sell well.