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On the road to frugal living, there are many different steps people seem to go through. One major step is switching over from disposable to reusable products. Although I haven’t switched completely, I will say that making these homemade sandwich bags has taken me a step in the right direction. I LOVE them! Not only are the convenient, sturdy, and environmentally friendly, they’re adorable! Lined with PUL, they’re also waterproof and easy to wipe out and you can throw them in the wash and hang them to dry afterward.
Homemade Sandwich Bags
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Wouldn’t you just love to make some of your own? Well, I have worked up a simple tutorial for you so you can! I am not an expert seamstress; if I can make these, anyone can. Let’s get started!
I made my baggies more the size of quart storage bags just to be sure there was plenty of room. After all, most homemade bread is thicker than store bought bread and it doesn’t fit well in plastic sandwich baggies. If you’d like smaller bags, just reduce the size of the fabric pieces.
Homemade Sandwich Bags
What You Need:
- 2 9″x9″ squares of cotton fabric
- 1 8.5″x16.5″ rectangle of PUL (Get it from Fabric.com)
- 1 9″ zipper
- Polyester thread (helps prevent wicking)
- 1 zipper
Step 1: Lay out your PUL fabric, shiny side up and lay your zipper on top of it.
Step 2: Place your cotton fabric on top, right side down. Line up the edges and pin.
Step 3: Using your zipper foot, sew as close to the zipper as you can without catching it. I actually didn’t sew that close to the zipper which is fine, but the more the zipper is exposed, the more chance you have for the contents to leak if you have something wet inside.
Step 4: Turn the right sides out, pull fabric snug, and top stitch.
This is what your work will look like now. The longer PUL will be hanging out the bottom.
Step 5: Fold the PUL layer up in the back and lay the zipper on top, lining up the edge.
Step 6: Lay your second cotton square on top of the zipper, right side down and pin.
Step 7: Stitch across as close to the zipper as you can. I find it helpful to stitch this layer with the zipper unzipped.
Step 8: Turn and top stitch like you did on the other side.
Step 9: Lay your work out flat with the PUL layers on one side and the cotton layers on the other with the zipper in the middle. Pin the edges of the cotton layer together
Step 10: Stitch up both sides of the cotton being sure to catch the zipper. Do not stitch the bottom closed.
Step 11: Stitch the edges of the PUL layer closed. I don’t pin the PUL. I find it stays pretty well lined up, but if it makes you feel more comfortable, go ahead and pin.
Step 12: Trim the zipper. Turn the work right side out, then pull the PUL layer out from the inside so it’s sticking out the mouth of your bag. This will keep it out of the way while you sew the bottom shut.
Step 13: Fold the raw edges of the cotton squares in, press, and pin together. Sew shut.
And that’s it! Aren’t they darling? I can see so many uses for these from taking them on picnics to making them in different colors for each child to keep their snacks separated. They only take about an hour for me (a slow seamstress) to whip up and they’re so useful!
What’s your favorite homemade reusable household item? Leave a comment and tell me about it!
This Homemade Sandwich Bag tutorial appeared on Little House Living in August 2014. It has been updated as of August 2019.