Call me crazy, but I think it’s silly that we use those dang Ziplock bags for one thing and throw them in the trash. Even though we do a lot of “green” things in our home like homemade house cleaners, cloth diapers, etc., I don’t consider myself to be in that clique.
I just never realized how much I was wasting my money until my little person with a ravenous 14 month old belly started making it a necessity to buy a new box of bags a couple times a month with all those snacks that I have to be packed in the diaper bag.
So I started looking into reusable snack bags at my local baby boutiques and online and wasn’t impressed with how expensive it was when it looked so simple to make myself.
After venting my frustration with some other Mama’s, who also happen to know how to sew and have the patience to teach a slacker like me, we (Deanna, Emily, and myself) set out to make our own for about $1 a piece instead of the $8-15 a bag.
- Hook & loop (velcro) closures
- A couple yards of PUL (a moisture wicking fabric that is machine washable)
- A couple yards of fun fabric
- Scissors/rotary cutter
- Sewing machine
First, I dragged this cute little thing to my friend, Deanna’s house so she could play with these fun guys while we worked.
Then we developed a pattern for two different sized bags. One bigger one for puffy snacks, whole fruit, or sandwiches. Another smaller bag for things like cheerios, cheese sticks or crackers.
Then we cut out the PUL and favorite material for our big and small bags (7×7 and 4.5×7)
Then we folded the PUL on the inside of our material and pinned our hook and loop in place. When we folded the material over, we made sure there was some overlap on the top so nothing could spill out when the velcro was fastened.
Then we let the sewing begin….starting with sewing the hook and loop and then sewing all the way around until you have the finished product! It was really that simple!