“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to School Craft Project: Reuseable Snack Bags

With new-found time on my hands this afternoon while Rowan was at school and Retta was napping (I know, if I was a sane person I would also have been napping), I decided to dust off my sewing machine and make something. I had just bought this adorable matryoshka doll laminate fabric the other day, thinking it would be great to make some reuseable bags for our family. These are great because you can either wash them in the sink, or throw them in the washing machine, and the fabric I bought is phthalate-free and food safe.  The laminate fabric is slightly awkward to work with, but you don't need a special needle, just one that is old, dull, or that you don't mind getting dull because that's what the fabric will do to it. You can make these in any size dimensions you want- I made a bigger one that would fit a sandwich, and a smaller one for munchy-type snacks. I doubled over the fabric so the laminate side would be facing out on both the inside and outside of the bag, and I figured this would make it more sturdy. I basically just cut a big long rectangle, folded it in half, then folded that part of the way up, and then folded the top down to where I wanted the top fold/ velcro to be.

Then I set my machine to a wider zig zag stitch, and sewed around all four sides, making a pocket for snacks. Next I used velcro with an adhesive backing, and after cutting it to my desired size I placed it on the snack bag.

 Voila! Our snacks have never been so stylish! I was thinking these would be great for holding pacifiers too, or baby wipes...the possibilities are endless. I will be making and gifting more.

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I never thought to make these myself instead of buying them! I'm going to look for some laminate fabric!