This free sandwich bag sewing pattern and tutorial is so easy you’ll be able to replace your old plastic snack bags in no time.
I designed these free fabric sandwich bag and snack bag sewing patterns to have extra large flaps. The flaps act like teeny little place mats, which helps avoid germ fests like when your daughter puts her carrots onto a random table at Lincoln Park Zoo (happened with our old snack bags, pretty gross, so I made sure that mine had flaps).
And oh boy, you’re going thank me me for this new product that I’m going to show you. It’s called VELCRO® Sticky Back for Fabrics and it makes sewing projects with VELCRO® brand fasteners a helluva lot easier.
VELCRO® Brand sponsored me to make this tutorial but all opinions are mine. As a lazy sewer I am loving the new VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back for Fabrics fasteners because you can put them on *after* your project is completely sewn. That means no measuring or guessing placement on cut pieces before sewing. Yep, you can just sew the whole thing up and put the VELCRO® Brand fastener on as the last step. No more mistakenly placed fasteners. Hooray!
Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to whip out a whole set of reusable sandwich bags and reusable snack bags – just in time for Earth Day.
Supplies for sewing reusable sandwich bags and snack bags:
- 1/5 yard food safe fabric (I know this is a hot topic. I used 100% cotton for the outside and rip-stop nylon fabric for the inside. There’s a lot of debate out there on the safety of liner fabrics like oil cloth and PUL for these sandwich bags. Basically, the safest way is to just use a cotton fabric material on the inside too but then it’s not waterproof. Waterproof-wise, people seem to recommend pack cloth for best food safety. I feel good with using rip stop fabric but you do what you feel best for your family.)
- VELCRO® Sticky Back for Fabrics 3/4″ strips
- Kathy’s free curves pattern (PDF)
- 1 package single fold bias tape – 1/2″ wide
- Sewing machine
- Basic sewing supplies
How to make reusable sandwich bags and snack bags:
1. Cut the bag lining and outside fabric pieces:
Two pieces of 19″ x 6.5″ for sandwich sized bag (finished size 7″ x 6-1/2″)
Two pieces of 10-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ for snack sized bag (finished size 4″ x 5-1/2″)
Cut the flap curves: on one short side of the rectangles trace and cut corner curves either by using the free flap curve pattern or by simply putting a drinking glass on the edge of the corner and using that shape.
2. With right sides together, place the bag lining on top of the bag outside. Sew 1/4″ seam along the squared short side (the short side opposite of the curved flap).
Turn so wrong sides are together.
Topstitch close to the edge on the right side.
3. Place the sewn rectangle onto your working surface matching up raw edges.
Fold the bottom sewn edge up 7″ for the sandwich sized bag or 4″ for the snack size bag and secure with barrettes or clips.
4. Place bias tape on the front left edge of the sandwich bag, letting 1/4″ overhang.
Sew the bias tape around the perimeter of the bag.
Trim the bias tape leaving 1/4″ overhang.
5. Turn the bias tape over to the other side, folding over the overhang. Sew close to the bias tape edge.
6. For the sandwich bag, cut a 2″ piece VELCRO® Sticky Back for Fabrics. Peel release liner, place the hook (scratchy side) 1-1/2″ from the bag top, and thoroughly press fastener to fabric.
Use a tablespoon to fully rub it in.
Place the loop (soft side) about 1/2″ from the top of the flap…
…and rub with a tablespoon to fully adhere.
For the snack bag, cut a 1″ piece of VELCRO® Sticky Back for Fabrics and place it 1/2″ from the top and bottom.
7. Allow 24 hours for adhesive to set up before washing in cold or warm water only – no hot water.
8. Fill with sandwiches. Wash in the washing machine and allow to air dry.
Tell me in the comments below: What do you think about this reusable fabric sandwich bag free sewing pattern?
Thanks again to VELCRO® Brand for sponsoring this free sewing tutorial. I only work with brands that I love, and I thank YOU for supporting the brands that help support Merriment Design!
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Sunday 5th of February 2017
My daughter in law asked me to make these for my grandson. Your page popped up and made it look easy. I can't wait to make some.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017
Hi Tamara, how did they turn out? We are still using the first batch I ever made and they still come out of the washing machine in good shape, so your daughter-in-law will have these for years. Thanks for your comment!
Wednesday 7th of December 2016
That's really Brilliant!
Friday 16th of December 2016
Thanks, Annette! Happy sewing.
Monday 12th of September 2016
I'm new to this and wondering how you 'wash' the bags. Can they just be tossed into the washer and dryer? Looking to make it easy on me to clean them. Love the tutorial! Off to find some rip stop fabric! Thanks! Denise
Monday 12th of September 2016
Hi Denise! I wash mine in the washing machine and then hang dry. Here's what I do: I turn the bags inside out and attach the VELCRO� Brand fasteners to each other so they don't catch on anything else. Then I usually toss them into a mesh lingerie bag just so I can easily find them because I don't want to dry them in my dryer. Be sure to follow the VELCRO� Brand Sticky Back for Fabrics directions to adhere the fasteners. I like this product because I don't have to measure where to put them; I just stick them on when everything is sewn which is so much easier. Show me your finished bags at facebook.com/merrimentdesign and I'll share them with the group. Happy sewing!
Sue @ Sewing Furniture
Monday 15th of February 2016
Awesome bags! I love the little robot graphic and the orange lining! I've just linked to your site in my recent post on reuseable sandwich bags! http://www.sewingfurniture.org/four-awesome-sandwich-bag-patterns/
Saturday 20th of February 2016
Thank you for sharing my sandwich bag tutorial, Sue! I'm going to pin your post and take a look at your lunch box post too!
Tuesday 24th of February 2015
Is there any pdf? I could not download it. I thing its too big.