There are no words for the joy and enthusiasm that accompanies Back To School with a houseful of young children. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE summer. I love the sleepy mornings and the sprinklers and the berry picking and the belly flops. But I need my house back, y’all. This place looks like a team of backpackers has been squatting in the playroom for the last two months. There are puzzle pieces in the microwave and stuffed animals in the driveway. It’s time for some organization, routine and maybe a hint of peace and quiet. Next week, I’ll be responsible for packing three lunches every morning. I’m not perfect by any means, but I *try* to use reusable items as best I can. The thing is…reusable snack packs are sneaky expensive. I’m terrible at sewing, but these DIY reusable snack bags were so easy that even I could whip them up in one afternoon!
• Sewing machine OR needle and thread
• Laminated Cotton
• Velcro… look for the sew on style vs. the adhesive kind
Step 1. Decide how big you want your snack pack and cut out one length of fabric 2.5 times longer than your desired size.
Step 2. Sew the loop side of velcro along one end of your laminated cotton. Fold under the edge a bit to hem it and at the same time, sew around your velcro.
Step 3. Fold your fabric into thirds (like you would a piece of paper to fit into an envelope) to determine where you want to place the hook side of your velcro. Once it’s lined up, sew in place.
Step 4. With the right side of your fabric facing each other, fold the pocket portion of your snack pack and sew the outside seams.
Step 5: Hem the remaining 2 side edges of the snack pack flap but folding them over the tiniest amount, and sewing along the edge.
Step 6: Turn your snack pack right side out and… stuff with goodies!
I’ve said it before… I’m no seamstress. I can *barely* sew a straight line, and each of these took me maybe 10 minutes. Snack Packs new can cost upwards of $8, so I’ll GLADLY spend the time to make a handful before school starts.
Grab some multigrain goldfish or some sliced carrots and you’re a GO for lunch boxes!
If you want to see other things I’ve managed to sew, check out the curtains I made for both of my daughter’s rooms in our new house!