How to Make Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags

How to Make Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags

Hey! It’s Vanessa from
and I post weekly crafting and cooking videos here on YouTube. This week I’m back with a
quick tutorial on how to use up those fabric scraps. So, the tutorial that we’ll be working
on today are these little sandwich or snack bags. This fabric you can see has a little
sheen to it. This is actually laminated cotton and this is from Free Spirit fabrics, their
Sugar Hill line of fabric. Which is really pretty, I think. And they basically just put
like this laminated, waterproof vinyl or plastic over the top of the cotton fabric. So, one
side of it you can just wipe it clean so it’s waterproof. And then on the wrong side of
the fabric you can still feel like if it would be the back of just the plain cotton fabric.
For the snack bags you can see here’s the opening and then after you put your sandwich
in or your chips or whatever it is in there, you just flip the top over and that’s how
the closure works. So, there’s no zippers or buttons or anything. But you can see by
the overlap there nothing will come out of it. And I’ll be walking you through the tutorial
how to make it from the laminated cotton but I also have another fabric here just plain
100% cotton fabric again from the Sugar Hill line for Free Spirit fabrics. And it’s the
same thing. You can make it out of pretty much any fabric that you want. I would use
something that is washable that you can clean just because it might get dirty depending
on what you’re putting in there. But these are great because they are reusable, their
environmentally friendly and I have a few different finishing options here. If you have
a server that will work. But then I’ll also walk you through how to hem it. So you can
use just a simple hem to finish off your edges. And on this one here you can see I used some
pinking shears. So you always have that option as well. So, let’s quickly start with the
supplies we’ll need and jump right into making our snack bags. So to create our snack bags
we start with a piece that measures 18″ long by 7″ wide and this is that laminated cotton
fabric that is slick on the front and just plain cotton on the back. And that’s the one
that we’re going to be using to make the baggie today. But here I cut out some other pieces
the same size but this is going to be the one that is hemmed. Just plain 100% cotton.
And the same for this. Except that on the edges for this one I used some pinking shears
to help keep the fabric from fraying. If you don’t have a server or pinking shears I’m
going to show you how to do it to basic cotton fabric. You’re basically going to do two simple
hems on the short sides. I folded my fabric under towards the wrong side 1/4″ and then
refold it on itself, press that in place with your iron and just a straight stitch and stitch
it down right close to that folded edge. And repeat that to both short sides. Now I’ll
show you what I did for the laminated cotton. Even though this fabric is not prone to fraying
on the ends I’m still going to take some pinking shears and just run it down both short sides
of my fabric to help keep that from fraying. You can also use this on just plain 100% cotton
fabric as well. Now you take one short side and fold it. Notice I have the fabric with
the pretty side facing up. And I folded that edge in 2″. Now all you need to do is take
the other end and fold it all the way over so that all your edges are matching. And now
we’re going to use a straight stitch on our sewing machine and the edge of our presser
foot as a guide and stitch down both sides remembering to back stitch at the beginning
and at the end. Then you can reach into the opening and turn your baggie inside out. You
can see what it looks like. When you open it right here this is where you would insert
your snacks or your sandwich or whatever other items you want to use to keep in here. ANd
to close it all you gotta do is flip the little flap over the opening and turn it out just
like this. And then you can see that whatever you put in there won’t be coming out. And
if you’re using fabric that frays and you don’t have the pinking shears or a server
just do zig zag stitches on the edge of those interior seam allowances and that will keep
those edges from fraying on you. And now that you’re snack bags are complete I encourage
you to go head over to your stash and pull out any small scrap of fabric that you may
have. If your scraps are not as big as you need to complete this project in one solid
piece like I did here feel free to use some smaller strips and just sew them all together
and make one large piece and then just cut out the size that you’ll need to create this
size or even smaller or bigger sized baggies that you need. This would also be great to
use up some old clothes, maybe old shirts and things like that that you have that are
100% cotton. And it’s just a great way to kinda help the environment in a small little
way by making these reusable snack bags. So, I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and
you’ll give it a try. I’d love for you to leave me a comment below and let me know what
you’re using these baggies for. They’re not just to be used for sandwiches and snacks
but there’s tons of other things that you can do with it similar to my drawstring bag
tutorial. If you’d like to check out that tutorial you can click right here to go there.
Remember to upload pictures of your completed projects to our Facebook page. I love to see
what you’re making from the Crafty Gemini tutorials. And I’ll see you guys next time
with another tutorial.

Comments (100)

  1. definitely! :o)

  2. Yup.. just like those old school baggies. With the laminated cotton the shiny side will stick to itself if it's on the inside. Maybe if you used PUL it would be fine. But in this case the shiny goes to the outside.

  3. Hiding my pads… LOL!

  4. Great idea! :o)

  5. No prob. I try to reply to every comment. :o)

  6. Great Idea!!! Like everyone else, I have lots of left over fabrics. I used to be able to buy a sandwich to eat on the way to the doctor's office, but now, I have to make my own. I'm always so nervous on the bus, and this friendly baggie will help me (not only to put a sandwich in), to calm my nerves! Thank you! 🙂

  7. these are great. i use mine to keep my stashes separate. i travel A LOT and need various compartments to stay organized. These bags achieve that in a stylish way. I also travel with my puppy, so i keep her thing in one of these bags too! thanks for a great tip! Am a new subbie and love ur channel.

  8. what a great tutorial, so easy to understand. I used this design to make hot water bottle covers using polar fleece, I was even thinking of incorpriating the flap part to make mittens on the ends of the sleaves on baby clothes 🙂

  9. do i have to have a pul for the inside of the bags or can i just use cotton?

  10. What can I use on the inside so I just can just wipe it out??

  11. You don't have to if you don't want to. It depends on how you want to clean them out. If you want it to be wipe-able then put PUL if you plan to pop them in the wash and dryer then you can just leave the cotton. But whatever you use on the inside make sure it's food safe.

  12. I just finished mine! SO fantastically easy, and super cute!

  13. these videosare very clear and nice 😀

  14. Yay! Go you! Thanks for watching.

  15. SO quick and simple!!! Ur vids are always easy to the point and fun! Ty 🙂 I will use them for food and maybe on trips to pack small items 😀

  16. That's a great idea! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. :o)

  17. Hi Vanessa, I want to thank you for taking the time to do these videos. Today I made this snack bag and it was my first successful sewing project. I purchased a machine a couple of weeks back, and it was really satisfying to finally be able to make something with the materials I had purchased.
    Your beginner videos are extremely helpful and the best resource I've come across in my attempts to learn how to use my sewing machine.

  18. How do you add a zipper to it?

  19. That's a whole 'nother project. Look up my zippered box pouch tutorial or my quilted wristlet tutorials for more on zippers.

  20. Thanks so much for your comment. It means a lot to be appreciated for my work. :o)

  21. So. Cute.

    I have a ?? about the laminated cotton. Can laminated cotton go in the washer? I like the idea of laminated cotton because it's perfect for a sandwich. Plain cotton will let in too much air and make the sandwich stale. If the laminated cotton can be thrown in the washing machine… these would be miraculous! LOL!

  22. great idea i going to make my grandchildren some

  23. do you have any for sale?

  24. What a great video! I really appreciate your willingness to make these videos so that moms like me can gain the knowledge and confidence to try it ourselves. I made one today and my 3 year old daughter is so happy to have a great snack bag for outings. Thank you so much!

  25. No problem. I'm glad to help. :o)

  26. I've made several for my daughter and some friends. These are awesome. I personally used used the shinny material for the inside (to easily wipe clean between washings) and a second material w/her choice of material for the outside. Sewed the two together, turned them inside out, then followed your directions to complete. Wish I could attatch pic's. You are wonderful!!! I love your videos..

  27. I think your reusable bags are a neat idea…I wonder tho, is this material food grade safe? I worry about the plastic leaching into the food. Is the fabric bpa free?

  28. Thanks. Last I checked this manufacturer's laminated cotton is BPA-free, PVC-free and it's CPSIA compliant.

  29. Just so you know PUL isn't food safe and shouldn't be used to store food.

  30. woa that was fast! Your like " just fold here and here, and sew here and here. Then when you're done, just fold the top over and your pouch is done!" lol i want to make A MILLION!!!!! lol

  31. They are super easy and quick to make. Enjoy it!

  32. This look so quick and easy! I'm sooo gonna make at least 2 of them! 😀
    Thanx 4 all the vids I love them

  33. I love the sandwich bag! I wrap my children's sandwiches in wax paper because I do not like to waste and put more plastic using baggies. I believe I would like to make my baggies with the plastic side inside, pb and j can get messy. Sounds like it would be easy to clean up.

  34. If the plastic is BPA-free, PVC-free, wouldn't it be better for the plastice to be inside for easier clean up?

  35. Your tutorial was so awesome I just made 5 of these in about an hour. I used PUL fabric and they made up beautifully! Thank you for a great video!

  36. I <3 Vanessa!!!! You are so inspiring!!!

  37. And now your ideas went over to Germany, too ! Thank you for the great simple idea <3

  38. Where to buy these tiny things ?on kuyuran law,call me min law

  39. Could you do a purse size wetbag ( with pul) tutorial with a zipper? Your tutorials are very easy to follow, it would be so helpful 🙂

  40. I used it as an ipad mini bag thx

  41. Brilliant Thank you. All the way from the uk xx

  42. I'm a bit confused. If the fabric side is on the inside next to the fabric then how would you wipe it clean? What if you put a tuna sandwich in there and it makes a mess. Shouldn't the laminated side be both inside and out?

  43. I would use it for makeup brushes

  44. Vanessa!!I am a very busy mom.But You are so inspiring to me.I love you Vanessa.

  45. I was actually thinking the same thing…why would you want to have the cloth side inside.

  46. Could you put like a handle on it if you wanted to use it as a little purse???

  47. My sister-in-law just got a sewing machine for her birthday, and this bag was the first thing she made! I had her get a fat quarter to make measuring easier for her and she knocked that joker out in about 30 minutes (like I said, she just learned how to use the machine)! Thank you so much for making such easy tutorials!

  48. I love the idea but when I stitch the laminated it seems to rip and tear before I can even turn it inside out is this due to my fabric or sewing machine settings I use a brother xl-5012 on setting 6 and the other dial on 1 I'm complete beginner so sorry but thought this was simple enough for me . I was wrong lol

  49. Try lengthening your stitches.

  50. Thanks it's working fine now ha ha hopeless aren't I but we all started somewhere lol

  51. This was a super cool idea!

  52. this isnthe best tutorial I have seen on this bags 🙂 Thanks fornshar

  53. I love this tutorial. I ended up doing a PUL on the outside of a cotton so there is waterproof lining inside in case of squashed grapes or messy stuff. I found that this patter was a little too narrow for my son, so I'm going to widen it. Awesome tut though, thanks a lot!!!

  54. Your tutorials are awesome!!!! You are fantastic and so nice to follow!!!


  56. OO I wonder would the plastic tablecloths work. THANK UUUU!

  57. Getting busy making sandwich bags for the grandchildren, thanks CraftyGemini!

  58. You make the BEST sewing videos. Thanks!

  59. LOVE your videos, I've referred to several of the years.  I was wondering though, does a sandwich get stale in the bag?  I always make our lunches the night before and have always been leery of the reusables for fear thing would get stale.  Thanks!

  60. Wouldn't you want to have the shiny side in so that you could just wipe it clean of any mayo or mustard from sandwiches instead of needing to wash them every time? Or sew two pieces together right sides out?

  61. You can also use it to make party bags

  62. Wonderful idea, and so easy!  Do you have a video on making cotton menstrual pads?  I am getting into that, too.  Thanks for all your videos; I really enjoy them.  I learned how to make an envelope pillow from your videos and now I have made lots of them.  It is so nice to be able to take off the cover and wash it when needed, or change it to a different cover.

  63. Can use PUL on the inside with plan cotton on the outside?

  64. Wouldn't lint get on you're food.

  65. really great video!

  66. I save the lining bags from cereal boxes to use as a food safe liner for these great little reusable bags. I just wash them out and pull apart the glued seams of the cereal box liners.

  67. hello can i request a video

  68. Can't wait to buy some fabric and make these bags..awesome idea.

  69. Putting the laminated fabric inside would make it easier to clean and for myself that is what I'd want if I put food in it.

  70. Fuse some plastic bags…make your own inner side of your bags!! Also use recycled fabric! Just a thought 🙂

  71. You are awesome Crafty Gemini!! Thanks for your tutorials.

  72. Is it possible to use the laminate side on the inside, so bag can be wiped out clean?

  73. Who else is watching this in 2017

  74. I was just wondering, if your using the laminated fabric, can you just throw it in the washing machine to clean?

  75. THIS IS BRILLIANT! Great video! Can these bags be frozen, thawed, frozen again (to store leftover food etc)?

  76. Very nice way to explained. Thanks

  77. Could you use fabric glue instead of stitching?

  78. yo my name is vanesa

  79. much easier than your other tutorial!

  80. Hi Vanessa, I've watched you for years, and I have to say that I liked you best in your earlier years — like this vid. You are not rushed/hurried/fast forward, and talking soooooooo fassstttt. It just seems like you are showing people how, rather than selling and promoting components. Thanks for your work.

  81. Oil cloth is not food safe and not recommended for snack bags or sandwich bags. I'd look into food safe PUL or PEVA if you need something moisture resistant and easily wiped clean.

  82. I made a double layer to add more protection. Gifted them to hold rocks (sliced agate and/or tumbled type of rocks).

  83. I am loving your videos and so much better that other videos, as someone under my comment said you dont him haw around. Plus your voice is so inviting and pleasant, such a joy to learn from you. I subbed to your channel today :=)

  84. I am making some this weekend. I am using beeswax wrap fabric that I made.

  85. Wow that was really simple! Thanks I'm gonna try it

  86. I love it .. it is a graet idea thaks for share. A big kiss from Argentina !!

  87. Thank you Vanessa, great job 🌈

  88. Would it be food safe to use PUL fabric for this?

  89. I have a ton of broadcloth, what reusable products would you suggest making with this fabric? Would it be good for these snack bags?

  90. I hope it is ok…I shared your link with my unofficial Celiac Dragon Con group page on Facebook. We carry lots of snacks!

  91. Thanks for the easiest and quickest snack bag I've ever made!

  92. las letras no dejan ver el video

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