My friends challenged me recently as we were talking about crafting together. They wanted to make reusable baggies and of course turned to me to teach them. My only problem was when I went to find a tutorial on how to make them, I had a hard time finding a bag I actually liked the composition of. SO, I decided to make my own.
Here’s what you need:
Let’s start this tutorial!
First thing’s first. Cut your fabric and shower curtain. Realize now that this is a NO-PRESS project. You can’t iron plastic. It’ll melt. For small snack bags (pictured above), cut your fabric and curtain to 9in x 6in. For large, 14.5in x 7.5in. I recommend cutting all your stuff before you even start pinning. Make sure that the fabric is perfectly cut. This is because the shower curtain doesn’t like to participate and you might cut it a little crooked, especially with wrinkles in it. But that’s ok, because you will sew following the fabric.
Place the curtain and the fabric together with the pattern facing toward the curtain.
Pin the pieces together less than a 1/4in away from the edge. The reason behind this is because the shower curtain will make these bags waterproof. When you puncture the curtain in the middle or outside of the 1/4in zone, you take that waterproofness away. Pin on all four sides. This will prevent the curtain from sliding while sewing it.
Start sewing about 1/3 of the way down one side. Give yourself a 1/4in seam allowance (sewing 1/4in away from the edge). Make sure to backstitch a couple of times at the beginning. Be sure to follow the fabric, not the curtain. At the same time, make sure you’re sewing on both pieces.
Continue sewing until you reach a corner. Keeping you needle down, stop about 1/4in away from the other edge. Turn your pieces while the foot is up.
Continue sewing around the pieces, removing pins when you come to them. Stop with about 2in space before you hit where you begun (below). Remember to backstitch!
Clip your corners. This will provide sharper corners when you flip it right-side-out.
Go ahead and flip it right-side-out, pushing the corners out as best you can. Finger press the edges, or use a roller like I did (below).
Be sure to finger or roll press the opening. It might be a little difficult to sew shut, but hold your fabric taut and it should stay shut while your sewing.
Begin sewing with an 1/8in seam allowance around the edge starting in one corner.
This is what it will look like when you’re done sewing the edge. Now you need to decide what kind of bag opening you want.
For snack bags, I just fold it in half.
For sandwich bags, I typically add a flap. You can do this with snack bags as well, but realize that the pocket will be really small.
The picture above shows you how you would add your Velcro. You don’t need much for a flap.
Since I’m making a snack bag, I decided I will just fold it in half. You will need a little bit more Velcro for the opening. You will sew your Velcro on first. So pin one side and figure out where the other side of the Velcro should be and pin that. Give yourself about 1/2in allowance from the top of the Velcro to the top of the bag, so you have a place to grab the bag to open it.
This is important! Sew the Velcro as close to the edge of the Velcro as possible and back stitch several times, especially in the corners! If you just sew one stitch, when you go to open the bag, the Velcro will rip out.
This picture (above) shows that I’m not perfect and can’t sew things as straight as I would like, so don’t expect your first bag to be perfect either!
This should be what it looks like on either side.
Once you have both pieces sewn on, fold the bag in half and push the Velcro together (it’s like your pinning it together).
Now to sew it together. Start on the folded side, where my finger is. This will guarantee that the opening will line up and the bag will lay flat.
Sew with an 1/8in seam allowance, or on top of the previous stitch. Make sure you backstitch when you start and at the opening.
Sew all the way to the opening and off the fabric. The picture above shows you what it should look like. Flip it over and sew the other side.
Now you have a wonderful bag to hold all your wonderful snacks and sandwiches!
If you want your bag to hold granola or something small (sunflower seeds?), you will need to make sure your Velcro is a little longer so it closes the bag a little better. The picture above shows the bag I just made (top) versus the bag I made for granola (bottom).
Now, like I said before, you can legit wash shower curtains in the washing machine. No joke. Bet you didn’t know that. And if you did, then good for you! But yes, you can throw these bags in the washer with a tiny bit of detergent and run it on the delicate cycle. Do NOT dry them. If an iron will melt plastic, then so will a dryer, even on an air fluff setting. You can also just wipe them out to clean them, or you can dunk them in some water in the sink with a little Dawn soap. To dry them, just open the bag and turn them open-side-down and set them on a towel. This will allow the bags to air dry and water won’t sit in the waterproof side and mildew.
Enjoy these wonderful little bags. I’ve made several of them (because you get a lot cut from the shower curtain, so you can use your scrap fabric and make tons of these!!) I use them for grapes, granola, cashews, pb&j’s, blueberries, etc. What do you think you’ll use them for?
I’ve taken a HUGE break from this blog while I graduated from college, gotten married, and moved to Florida. Sorry guys. I promise I will start to post more on here, like my halloween crafts and what I’ve done since we moved. I can’t wait, I hope I still got it :)