I am totally taking the easy way out today on this post. I meant to write up my own tutorial on this, with pictures and a beautiful pile of snack bags all set for the upcoming school year. FAIL. Summer weather returned and I spent some quality time with the girls at the pool and playground instead. And now I am sick. How is it that every time I finally decide to cut myself some slack and slow down I get sick? Hopefully the girls will give me a bit of a break so I can get some rest (doubtful). No time to write up my own tutorial, so here is the tutorial I used when I first decided to whip some of these up a while back. Why recreate the wheel right? Check it out here. The tutorial uses ripstop nylon to line the bags. This, from all of the research I have done is considered to be foodsafe. I have made several bags using this tutorial and it is super quick and easy. I decided to go a different route this time, and lined mine in cotton fabric.
I have found though that the nylon is not waterproof and does not protect the outer cotton clean from what you have stored inside. Lesson learned after keeping a bag of cheese crackers tucked in my bag for too long- the oils from the crackers soaked through the nylon and discolored the outer fabric layer. Plus, nylon is a bit of a nightmare to sew with. Solution- make the bags entirely out of cotton and do more laundry! I personally feel better about eating out of a cotton bag rather than the ripstop nylon, and they are easily tossed into the washing machine. You can see in the image above I chose to line these in a chambray fabric and I love how they turned out. Now I certainly wouldn’t carry around a jelly sandwich in these, what we use them for- pretzels, cheese crackers, cereal and for other dry snacks they work great. I wish I had made these when the girls were babies, they would be perfect for cheerios and those little puff snacks they used to love to eat! The tutorial I linked to above works either way, you can choose to use the nylon or substitute it for a cotton fabric. Super fast and fun to make- and kids love them. Check out the school-themed bags I made for my girls. A special project to personalize that lined-paper fabric is coming soon.