Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cloth snack baggie


A great alternative to plastic baggies, you can use this guy again and again.  Just big enough to hold a healthy size serving but still big enough to fit adult and kiddie hands.

Supplies:
Fabric - lining - 8 X 15 inch rectangle
             outer - 6.5 X 14 inch rectangle
Fusible vinyl - 7.5 X 15 inch rectangle
     ( I found this at my local Jo-ann with the prepackaged interfacings and such.)
Velcro - 3 inch strip (5/8 or 3/4 widths will both work)
Sewing machine, thread, scissors, straight pins, iron

1.  OK here's the fun part....using fusible vinyl to make your baggie resistant to stains and goopy messes.


Fuse the vinyl to the right side of your lining fabric(my lining fabric is the solid yellow).  Before you actually take the iron to it make sure you read the instructions on your vinyl.  This only takes a couple seconds to fuse.  *Note that I've made the fabric a little bigger than the vinyl so you wont fuse plastic to your ironing board.  Also if you want a little more moisture protection you can add another layer on top of the first.

2.  Trim the excess fabric around the vinyl so you have a 6.5 X 14 inch rectangle with the vinyl attached.

3.  Take your velcro piece and separate the hook(stiff plastic) side from the loop(soft fuzzy) side.  On your vinyl lined fabric place the loop piece, centered, about 3/4 inch in from one of the unfinished short sides.  You want it to orient your velcro piece so that the short sides are perpendicular to the short sides of your fabric rectangle.

Sew in place.

4.  Sew your lining and exterior fabric right sides together, with 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a space along the side for turning.  Clip the corners and turn right side out.


5.  Fold the edge without velcro attached up 5.5 inches.  Pin in place. 


6.  Reattach the hook piece of your velcro to the loop piece that is already sewn to the top flap.  Fold the velcro flap down so that it lays flat on the previous folded piece.  Now curl back the flap just far enough so you can see the edge of your two velcro pieces and mark its location.


Now sew the hook piece of your velcro on at that location. 

7.  Last but not least fold your rectangle back up like earlier and top stitch around the whole thing with a 1/4" seam allowance.


Tada! You have a finished snack baggie.


This fabric baggie is a way superior choice to keep from using all those disposable baggies.  To clean it you can either hand wash it or more realistically for the rest of us, wash it on cold/delicate in the washing machine and let it air dry.  DO NOT PUT IT IN YOUR CLOTHES DRYER!  This will melt the vinyl and you'll have a nasty mess on your hands.  Now the only question is what to put inside.  Carrots, crackers, maybe even dog treats.


That last one was Sadie's idea if you couldn't have guessed. 

Stay tuned for our next tutorial.  We are going to be making reusable sandwich wraps with alot of the same materials.  Eeeee!  I cant wait.

Craft on!
Anita

69 comments:

  1. Love it! I'm going to have to make some of these for my kids' school lunches. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Oh my gosh! This is such a clever idea! I have to make some for my puppies.. um.. I mean kiddies! Thanks for the fun tutorial and for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party! I am your newest follower~

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  3. I've been wanting to make these for my children's lunch bags for a while. Thanks for the great tutorial!

    :)rachel at SunScholars.blogspot.com

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  4. This is fabulous!! I want to make one = I haven't seen the fusible vinyl at Joann's so I must look for it. Thanks for the tute. Oh, and the picture with the dog!!?? Wonderful. I must try that.
    Linda

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  5. I am so making this for my hubby who goes through plastic bags for his lunch every day. What a great idea using fusible vinyl. This project is bookmarked for sure!!!!
    ladeedacreations.com

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  6. I've never heard of iron-on vinyl before - what a great product! Love your little bags - I've made similar fabric wraps with just rip-stop nylon on the inside!

    Found you through Wandering Wednesday Blog hop.
    I'm following you now and hope you'll stop by my blog sometime too!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. Great idea... I'd love to stop using plastic baggies.

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  8. Great idea, will have to look for the vinyl. I always take a snack along for the ride and use many zip lock bags. Thanks :)

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  9. Very cute snack pack. Love the last shot.

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  10. Love the fusible vinyl idea. I have made snack bags using ripstop nylon as a liner, but this makes it water resistant only...stil can get kind of soggy. I then used a plastic sandwich bag cut open sandwiched between the ripstop and the outer fabric...this made it much more waterproof - but it was more work then just using the vinyl. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. What a great idea, I hate waste with ziploc baggies. I can't wait to make these, thanks for sharing.

    katieshowto.blogspot.com

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  12. How eco-friendly. We often wash our zip lock bags for an additional use or two. But I never thought of making my own bag. Cute dog by the way!

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  13. Thank you for this! I seriously need these so badly!

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  14. What a great idea! Just this morning, I ran out of ziploc bags and thought, man it would be nice if I had something reusable....wish I had seen this post before I went to Joann's this morning..guess I'll have to go back;o) Thanks for sharing!!

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  15. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

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  16. Love the doggie pic :) Thanks for the tutorial!

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  17. Just happen to come across your blog... Love love love the goody bag.. I will have to make a run to my Joanne store... Thanks... Susan

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  18. Great tutorial! I love them. I have thought of buying some but now I might just try my hand at making them. Thanks
    http://itsybitsypaper.blogspot.com

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  19. great idea...thanks for sharing.
    xo,
    Sena

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  20. Wonderful, I have some that iron on vinyl, I don't remember why I bought it, but I have a roll and now will make something with it. Great Tut!

    Visiting from Rook No 17

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  21. What a great idea...and your pup is too cute!

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  22. So cute! And great tutorial. I have been wanting to make a new high chair cover for my son's high chair and wondering if there was anything like that to make the fabric mess proof. Fusible vinyl, good to know!

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  23. Very cute!
    Thanks so much for linking up over at Olivia Renn!

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  24. This is SO cute...and I may just make one for myself!!!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!! :)

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  25. Just wondering does the Vinyl say anything about use with food? Are you concerned about the plastics and your food?

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  26. Great tutorial! @Brenda - you can make this in all cloth is BPA is a concern. I've made something similar with canvas and it was still good for food.

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  27. There's no info about food safety on the packaging but after a little detective work I can say that there is no BPA or lead in the vinyl. I would also say that Im no more concerned about this product than I am about plastic in any other part of my life. I'd also echo Emma and say if you're really worried then just omit the vinyl and make your baggies out of something like canvas. Thanks for the great points.

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  28. Great idea! I've been wanting to make one of these! thanks for linking up to craft couture Monday :)

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  29. Love this! Great job :) I'm featuring you on Made With Love this coming Monday! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  30. What a fabulous idea! Great job! And love that last picture of Sadie! lol
    Thanks for linking up!

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  31. Thanks for such a cute idea and great tutorial! I'd love for you to submit this over at the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  32. Newest follower from the Boost My Blog Friday blog hop! Would love if you could stop by and follow back! (:

    Amber
    http://beautifullybellafaith.blogspot.com

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  33. oh love that you can make any fabric vinyl!! thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  34. Thanks for the inspiration! You were featured in the Weekly Blend over at -

    http://scrappyjavagirl.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-blend-3.html

    ~ Beth

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  35. Fabulous!!!!! I wonder if I can make this by hand sewing the entire thing? What do you think?

    I want one sooo bad! <3

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  36. Oh my goodness, iron-on vinyl! I had no idea this even existed. I'm am so excited to try this. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  37. Fantastic! going to need to make a dozen of these, you have no idea how many ziplocs we go through. Thanks for a great tutorial and for linking it to my party-
    Wendy

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  38. great tutorial! i think i could do this for sure!

    love that last picture with the dog! too cute!

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  39. I have a toddler and this looks perfect for his snacks. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  41. Totally gorgeous - though with two labs they would rip this apart in seconds! I will be making these for my kids though - it's a fantastic idea :-)

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  42. This is such a cute idea! Your baggie is adorable...
    Hehe...and that last photo is so cute too. ;)

    Tnx so much for stopping by to link this up at my party this weekend! :)

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  43. LOVE THIS! I have been looking at these on etsy but couldn't ever find the size and fabric I liked! THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting on TTJ WWP!
    www.project-purple.blogspot.com

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  44. This is great!!! I love to have a snack on the road and this way I don't have to rely on plastic. I love this!!! You are getting bookmarked for future craft projects. Thanks so much!

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  45. What a terrific idea - and I have all of the supplies on hand!

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  46. This is too doggone cute! I'm your newest follower via Design it Chic... would love for you to consider following me back.
    xo Malia
    www.yesterdayontuesday.com

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  47. This is SO cute and SO perfect for me -- I can't sew worth beans, but I think I could handle this project no problem!

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  48. This is super cute! What a great idea!


    www.meldreamsoften.blogspot.com

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  49. Great tutorial! Iron-on vinyl is a staple in our house, mostly for this projoct reason! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  50. I'm your newest follower from the Boost My Blog Friday Blog Hop. If you get a minute please drop by and follow back. Have a wonderful week!
    http://alittleoftheother.com

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  51. I absolutely love it! I definitely have to make some. Thanks for linking up at I Made It! Monday at Ninth Street Notions. I'll be featuring this tomorrow on my blog as well as on Facebook. Come link up again!

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  52. HI! This is freaking awesome. I can't wait to try it this week while on spring break off work! WAHOO! I'd love for you to come link it up at my party this friday (and all other creations of course!)

    www.smallfineprint.com

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  53. i've been looking for a pattern like this!
    thanks for sharing!
    http://thegraceeface.blogspot.com/2011/03/life-made-lovely-march-15-2010.html

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  54. New follower! I found you through the Craft Spot Challenge over at Crystal's Craft Spot. Love this tutorial! Just ordered some iron on vinyl so I can make this project. Fairly new blogger here, and would love it if you would consider following me back over at stitch2buttercups.blogspot.com. Thanks! :-)

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  55. wow....so cute and functional....I love the pic of the dog eyeing his treats...:)

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  56. I found this post through Making the World Cuter and wanted to say how much I like it! I would also love for you to link up with me at Saturday Mornings if you haven't been by yet! Everyone is welcome and prizes are awarded monthly to those who join in! Here is the link if you want to "Strut Your Stuff!"

    http://www.thesaturdaymorningsblog.com/2011/03/strut-your-stuff-for-march-link-up_12.html

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  57. stopped by from blessed nest hop-life made lovely...what a great idea for a snack bag!

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  58. I made a really similar thing a while back. Except with different material. Check it out!
    http://learnandgopollyco.blogspot.com/2010/10/reusable-snack-bags.html

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  59. What a great thing to make for doggies and people alike! I love the fact that you can "go green" in style with these reusable bags. Great tutorial!

    Thanks for linking up to another "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17. I'm happy to be featuring your post in this week's party!

    Jenn

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  60. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara



    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

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  61. I love it! I'm going to feature this on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" of Masterpiece Monday on Thursday. Thanks for sharing, Mary :O)

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  62. Thank you for a great tutorial. It is just what I wanted!

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  63. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I loved this project so much when you hooked it up to the Weekend Review Party at Humble Homemaking last week, that I chose to feature it this week! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. Head over to the link below to check it out and collect your featured button for your blog. Feel free to hook up again if you want! :) Have a great day.
    Humble Homemaking Weekend Review Party

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  64. love this! and I love your blog name - we have a beagle. :)

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  65. I love your fabric! I have made these in the past for my son to take his lunch in (LOVE them!) and I used old table cloths that I got on clearance at target for the inside. Your puppy is super cute!

    Thanks for linking up to Todays top 20!
    Amanda
    {Make and Takes is having a pet link up tomorrow you might want to check out!}

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  66. you're featured today! www.smallfineprint.com

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  67. I am highlighting this tomorrow for my Friday Faves. Come check it out!
    fussymonkeybiz.blogspot.com

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  68. I really love this idea! I use way too many disposable baggies... I featured you today on my link love post! http://www.themombot.com/going-green/2011/08/05/friday-link-love-greener-living

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