As I first blogged about over on Handmade in Portland, my sis asked for reusable sandwich bags for Christmas. You can read my post about the research I did to decide on the materials and the pattern I wanted to use. I did use this tutorial by French Sleep Deprivation Study for my bags. It’s a really great tutorial and I highly recommend it. The only thing I really changed was adding a 5/8 inch seam allowance all the way around. Sewing is still not very easy for me, so I wanted to have lots of room and not have to worry about sewing right on the edge of the fabric, especially around the turns. Then I trimmed with Pinking shears to keep the fraying down.
I also used nylon for the inside instead of mylar bags. I decided that everyone was going to get sandwich bags this year, so I couldn’t round up the number of bags I needed to use mylar. I bought many different colors of nylon to fit different fabrics.
I made 50 bags total! I made two bags first as prototypes and gave them to my sis to try out. I wanted to make sure there were no flaws to my plan since this was such a huge chunk of what I was giving for gifts this year. Happily, she reported that they worked great and she loved them. Hearing that, I broke down and did each step assembly line style to be the most efficient. Ironing and fusing the nylon and fabric together, by far, took the longest time.
Most folks received 4 bags per family, but more if their family is larger. I gave my sis 12 bags since this was her main gift.
- I used fat quilt quarters for the outer fabric. This gave me lots of different patterns which I wanted. I could get 2 bags from 1 fat quarter.
- One yard of nylon made 12 bags.
- A rotary cuter makes cutting out the fabric a breeze.
- Trimming the ends with pinking shears gave the bags a nice look and helps keep the fraying down.
I really hope you make these for yourself. It’s such a great way to reduce waste and are very cost effective to make. It’s an easy tutorial that even novice sew-ers (like me) will have no problem making these bags.