Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Homemade Reusable Sandwich Bags

*Update: After initially writing this post I started making these with water resistant ripstop nylon on the inside. It is more food safe and much lighter for an all together better result! I currently use ripstop nylon to make super compact travel diaper changing pads for sale in my Etsy shop, Seams to Streams.*

When I learned of the existence of reusable sandwich bags, I went googling to see what it was all about. I found this blog with a very user friendly tutorial on how to make reusable snack bags yourself. I saw elsewhere (can't remember where), that someone had made a sandwich wrap, but lined it material from a vinyl table cloth instead of PUL.

We had a vinyl tablecloth I was getting ready to get rid of! I preferred the sandwich bag idea over a wrap, so I combined the two ideas. I also had a couple of big pretty cloth napkins that had been given to me for sewing, so I used those as the outer fabric.

How to Make Reusable Sandwich Bags

1. First, I cut equal sized rectangles of fabric and tablecloth. I used an actual sandwich bag for sizing, so that folded in half the rectangles were 1 or 2 inches bigger than a sandwich bag:

2. Next, I placed the two rectangles with the pretty sides in and sewed them together at the ends. Just two straight lines! :)

3. Next, I turned the sewn together rectangles so that the fronts were facing out, and put a strip of velcro on the vinyl side, leaving room on the edges for sewing together later. In order to place the velcro accurately without bothering with too much measuring, I went ahead and stuck an equal size piece of velcro right onto the piece I'd already stuck. Than I could fold the material and just unpeel and stick the other side on.

4. I folded the rectangle with the vinyl/velcro side out (inside out), and sewed the two sides together. Just two more straight lines! :)

5. I turned it back, and the job was close to done, but something had to be done about that inner seam if I was going to carry a peanut butter sandwich in this!

6. So finally I sewed just two more straight lines down the sides with the bag turned right side out to enclose those seams. Here is the final product from the outside:

And from the inside:You can see it is the same size between the seams as a regular sandwich bag:

Just wipe and reuse!I've already tried it. It works great! Of course, you cannot put really hot things in there or heat it.

This has inspired quite a few more "reusable" ideas that I CAN'T WAIT to try! I'll keep you posted. I also found some beautiful "vintagey" fabric at a consignment store that I plan to make more of these with.


  1. This is a great idea!!!!! I was just thinking the other day on what a waste sandwich bags are. Have you thought about selling those? Maybe with some cute character prints? I would be interested in buying some because I have no crafty skills. Great idea!

  2. Funny...I was actually thinking this morning of making some more of those and a couple of other things and starting an Etsy shop. We'll see! :)

  3. What a great tutorial, I bet I can do this! We use sandwich bags every day. They aren't expensive, but it's not environmentally friendly! I could get into this trend :)

  4. Cool Bag!!!
    Following you back from last week...gosh that is terrible huh??? I am a little late but none the less here and happy to be here! Thanks for stopping by my little food blog!
    Shamrocks and Shenanigans

  5. What a great "green" idea!!! Super cute blog!! Have a good weekend!!

  6. cute - wish I had a tablecloth to work with!

  7. summer (icouponjesussaves)June 30, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    great idea!!!
    christy - the dollar tree sells them sometimes or you can get them after a holiday at walmart for cheap-ola!!

  8. Amy,
    That is so great. Lola was in Kinder this year and every-time I used a plastic bag my heart hurt! Moses is starting this year and I am so excited to try this for them both!

  9. What a great idea thanks for sharing. I never thought of a old vinyl table cloth.

  10. New to following blogs and found your blog through Keeping it Simple's blog. Love these! Actually bought some from an etsy shop for my daughter. I like to sew but figured it was a good enough deal to have them done for me =) One thing if I might mention. A lot of people looking to buy these are looking for alternatives to anything with vinyl (PVC free, etc ) products being used. I believe the lady I bought from uses a rip-stop nylon lining. Just something to consider.


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