Learn how to sew reusable snack bags to save money and eliminate plastic trash. With only three items, you can stitch up this clear plastic sandwich bag in just a few minutes.
How to Sew a Reusable Snack Bag
Fabric & Measurements
Emily Steffen explains how to find suitable plastic material in an unexpected place: a readymade shower curtain. You may also use by-the-yard vinyl to sew reusable snack bags. Emily stresses the importance of using heavy-duty material, to avoid the needle perforating the material and weakening the seams. You may also slightly increase the stitch length to avoid seam perforation.
Emily explains how to customize your bag to any size, making this reusable sandwich bag DIY project suitable for snacks for all ages.
In addition to clear plastic material, you will need cotton fabric strips. You may use bias tape, but Emily explains the benefits of using fabric from your stash and demonstrates how to fold and press the strips for use in the project.
Sew & Zip
Emily shows you how to cut the zipper to the correct size and create a new zipper stop with machine stitches. Emily demonstrates how to attach the zipper to the bag opening and finish off the bag sides using the pressed fabric strips.
Last, Emily shows you her trick for labeling the bags with a Sharpie marker. Using one simple household product, you can erase the marker and change the bag label, ensuring you can reuse these snack bags for any purpose over and over again.
In addition to instructions, Emily offers tips for eliminating bulk in the fabric strips and an easy zipper-insertion method to guarantee a sturdy snack bag construction.