How to Make Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags

I’ve received a lot of requests recently for projects that can use up scraps.  I love to use up my fabric scraps in quilt blocks and small quilted projects but not all my followers are quilters so I wanted to teach everyone how to make one of the easiest projects ever!

We use these all the time in my house to hold all kinds of stuff like sandwiches, popcorn and other snacks.  We don’t only use the baggies for food items, though. I’ve even made them bigger to hold a diaper and a cloth wipe.  The possibilities are really endless! When you give this tutorial a try I’d love to hear what you are using yours for.  Leave me a comment below and tell me. I’m always looking for new ideas on how to use mine.

In this video tutorial I’ll teach you how to make it in a size that is a little bigger than a sandwich but feel free to play around with the dimensions and create your own custom, environmentally friendly, reusable baggies.  Enjoy!

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19 Responses to How to Make Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags

  1. Ann April 16, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    I love eco-friendly projects! I want to make them as favor bags for a party; for shoes; charger cords (phone/laptop/etc.) and dog treats for traveling; beach/picnic utensil holders; I could go on forever! Thank you for sharing!

  2. the irish librarian April 17, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    What a wonderful idea! I love this-and it’s simple enough for anyone (even me!)

  3. Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    I absolutely Love this idea! cant wait to do it!

  4. Cyndie April 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    What a great idea! Thank you! I think these little bags would be great for holding treats for my grandchildren when we go shopping.

  5. MrsJen April 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    This is a great idea. I am using my bags for my small knitting projects (socks). I am going to play with dimensions to get larger ones as you suggested. Also I want to add a little velcro dot to flap. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful sewing ideas 😀

  6. Jens' Mama April 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Love this! I have used my son’s old onsies for the material and cute little shirts. So happy these are Velcro free. I can just through into the washing machine for easy clean up. Thank you. And super easy for the novice seamstress that I am!

  7. Anonymous April 30, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Fabulous project! I finished 14 baggies in just over an hour. That included the time it took to find the sewing machine (yes, it’s been that long since I’ve sewn anything!), plan out, measure, cut, sew and clean up. I did end up snipping my inside corners for neatness-sake and think the bags turned a little easier that way. I did several sizes to maximize my fabric usage, and really liked the 6×10 for small snacks and an 8×14 for sandwiches. Great tutorial – thanks for sharing!

  8. Homemother May 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Hi Vanessa – great tutorial! I am making my bags to carry and keep my utensils clean. When packing my lunch I usually put my utensils in a plastic baggie. Once I get to work, the baggie is reused by putting the utensils back into it or it gets thrown away. With a cloth baggie, I can reuse it over and over again. Thanks!!!

  9. Vanessa Wilson May 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Yay! I’m so glad to hear so many of you are giving it a try and coming up with some great “green” ideas to use them for. Keep up the great work!:o)

  10. WannabeVeganMommy May 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this! I finally made a snack bag with some PUL fabric I had in my stash. I had made a snack bag with Velcro but after making it my kids drove me crazy opening and closing the bag with the Velcro. This one you posted is a simple and quiet version

  11. http://sportsfunia.com June 13, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    very nice video

  12. Anonymous July 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    I am using mine for keeping my passport and my digicam safe and as giftbags!
    Thanks – my first ever knitting project on a sewing machine.

  13. Anonymous October 21, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  14. Anonymous February 13, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Thanks for the great video Vanessa!! I have some iron-on vinyl that I plan to iron to the wrong side of the fabric so the inside of the bag has the vinyl on it and is easier to wipe clean. Cause sometimes sandwiches get messy too. So I can just rinse it out when I get home from work and let it air dry for the next days lunch. I’ll let you know how it works out. Thanks again for the vid!
    Linda from Michigan

  15. Dianne February 15, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    Hi, Thanks for this tutorial…it is so simple yet practical. My son is 15 and wouldnt be seen dead taking lunch to school, let alone lunch in a hand made baggie….lol. So, seeing as I am a crafter, I love taking my craft with me when I am going to be waiting, such as dr. waiting room, etc as well as travelling on the train, so these bags would be fantastic for taking a little crochet project, needlework project, patchwork by hand project, as well as taking my lunch to the park or for where ever I am taking my lunch to. I love the laminated fabric and wondered what I could use if for other than making bags that can have their bottom cleaned regularly instead of accumulating dirt. Love the video, you are clear and precise…do not change anything. Loved it. Thankyou Dianne

  16. Sherry February 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Love the tutorial. I have bought these online and now I can make my own. Thanks!

  17. Anonymous February 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    great enviro-friendly idea! thanks!

  18. Anonymous February 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Love this idea. I plan on making several bags to organize the clutter in my purse!

  19. Marsha Rice July 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    I wanted to do this in oilcloth so it would be easy to just wipe off, but I wanted the inside to be oilcloth too, so I doubled the material amount and then folded it, sewed the open end so it made a tube, then folded it again and sewed all around the three sides with top folded down inwardly just like you did with the single fold material and voila! Instant oilcloth lined snack bag that is fully able to be wiped down on both inside and outside, plus wont leak or absorb wetness as other materials will. The closing lip at the top is doubled this way but it works just the same.

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, I can make little adjustments to this basic design to do lots of different pouches, bags, and pockets. 🙂

    Just a little tip for any who haven’t used oilcloth before, you cant put an iron directly on this on the outer slick side, you have to use a pressing cloth and even then just lightly because it will melt. On the inside if you use an iron you have to be quick if you use it directly on the fabric (I dont recommend doing that) or just use a pressing cloth. In either case keep the iron moving, dont sit it on the fabric for any amount of time if you can help it, just swipe it lightly.

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