Learn how to sew 2 eco-friendly snack bags to go back to school

Soon you’ll start thinking about going back to school; these 2 bags for snacks and sandwiches will be great. And if not, you can always sew them to carry some nibbles for the park or a sandwich for work. You can use food-grade plastic material to sew many kinds of food wrappers, to avoid using disposable options.

We share the free pattern and step-by-step video tutorial on how to sew 2 snack bags in less than 30 minutes. These 2 sewing projects are really easy to make so, if you’re a beginner, take note of the materials because this project is for you.

Eco-friendly back to school

The main material used to make these bags is Eat & Sew food-grade plastic material by Katia Fabrics, which is 100% EVA and BPA-free. It has a waterproof effect which makes it comfortable to use and really easy to clean (with a cloth or in the washing machine up to 40ºC).

Recommendations

Before starting to sew, here are some recommendations:

  • Use an 80/90 universal needle.
  • Make sure that all the pieces are correctly cut and clipped because the sewing machine needle leaves a mark on the food-grade plastic material that can’t be removed.
  • Avoid using pins so as to not leave marks in the plastic. You can use plastic clips. If you don’t have sewing clips, you can use small wooden pegs.

 

Step-by-step instructions – how to sew 2 snack bags

Here’s a tutorial to learn how to sew 2 types of snack bags. A small bag that’s easy to make, and a larger sandwich-size bag with a Velcro closure.

 

1. Small bag

The materials you will need to make the small bag are:

You can create the most original and fun combinations with the cheerful prints we offer in our poplin catalogue alongside the 15 plain colors available.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Cut 3 triangles measuring 25 cm x 15 cm (1 triangle of food-grade plastic material, 1 of printed poplin, and another of plain poplin).
  2. Place the printed fabric with the right side facing up, place the food-grade plastic on top, and lastly, the plain poplin. Sew the edges, leaving a few centimeters unsewn to turn it inside out.
  3. Turn the bag inside out, iron the seams. And close the opening. Backstitch along the bottom and top of the bag.
  4. At the top, mark 5 cm and fold along that mark. Fold the bottom up towards the top again. Sew along the sides. The right side of the fabric should be on the inside of the bag.
  5. Turn the bag inside out, push the corners out.

2. Velcro bag

The materials you will need to make the Velcro bag are:

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Cut 3 triangles measuring 45 cm x 20 cm (1 triangle of food-grade plastic material, 1 of printed poplin, and another of plain poplin).
  2. Place the printed fabric with the right side facing up, place the food-grade plastic on top, and lastly, the plain poplin. Sew along the top to join the three fabrics.
  3. Iron the seams and sew the Velcro to the outer fabric 2 cm from the seam you’ve just made.
  4. Fold the bag and use the iron to mark where you want the bag flap to go. Once you’ve folded the bag as you like, take just the outer fabric, and pull it towards the top. Leave the plastic and plain poplin folded.
  5. Sew the bag along the sides. Turn it around and make a 1-cm hem at the top to make a visible seam and close the bag.
  6. Lastly, sew the Velcro to the plastic.

Your snack bags are ready to use again and again. We hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and will try it out.

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