I don’t really consider myself a “green” person but deep in my brain, next to my regular conscience is a little green conscience busting my buns every time I throw something away, use a paper towel, or forget my reusable bags at the store. I just can’t squash that little monster. And it’s purely personal. I don’t look down my nose at other people when they don’t do green things…I’m not beating on a green bible or anything. It’s just me. So I find little things to do my part.
Plastic storage bags are great for keeping food fresh but they’re so hard to clean so I’m making some reusable ones that I can just pop into the wash and use over and over. They are a little larger than a standard sized sandwich bag but you can alter the size to suit your needs. And they’re really easy to make.
½ yard of Rip Stop Nylon (makes 6 bags)
½ yard of cute cotton fabric
1 1/3 yd hook and loop tape (for 6 bags)
The basics: Sewing machine, matching thread, scissors, ruler, etc
I’m using some more fabric from my Ann Kelle collection that I bought from Poppyseed Fabrics on Etsy. It’s called “Retro Market Apples”. I also found some cute banana fabric at Joann. Food themed fabric is great for these bags.
1) Fold the ½ yard of nylon in half so it measures 9 ½ inches folded. Cut a width of 9 ½ inches. You’ll end up with a rectangle measuring 19” x 9 ½”. But keep it folded into a square. Repeat with your cute fabric.
2) Sew the two sides of the nylon together leaving the top open. The bottom is the folded side. Use a 1/2” seam allowance.
3) Repeat for the cute fabric: sew the two sides together (right sides together) only use a ¼” seam allowance this time.
4) Trim the seam allowance of the nylon piece down a little bit.
5) Clip the bottom corners of the cute fabric pocket, turn it right side out and press. (Leave the nylon pocket alone)
|turn right side out and press|
7) Pin and baste the top edge of the fabrics together. It may turn out a little wonky. Mine did but that’s OK.
8) Fold the top edge inward once, and then again, and pin. Stitch the top edge.
|fold over twice and pin|
9) Cut a length of hook and loop about 7 ½ inches long and pin the hook to one side, the loop to the other. Make sure to pin them a little far down so there’s enough room for your fingers to pull the bag open.
|pin hook and loop on|
10) Stitch the hook and loop on all four sides.
It’s that simple.