Ever since school started a few weeks ago for my kids I have been going through Ziploc bags for their lunches like crazy.  I wanted to create a simple reusable bag that could easily be wiped off and came up with these cute little baggies.  There are two different sizes for sandwiches and crackers.

How to Sew Reusable Snack Bags

Supplies Needed:

HeatNBond Iron-On Vinyl

2 Fat Quarters Art Gallery Fabrics Esoterra Fabrics

Coordinating Green Aurifil Thread

Large strip of Velcro

Oliso Mini Iron

Basic Sewing Supplies

Reusable Snack Bag Instructions

Seam Allowance 1/2″

Step One: Cut out your fabric as follows:

Sandwich Bag- Main Fabric: Cut 1 15.5″x7.5″ rectangle

Lining Fabric: Cut 1 15.5″x7.5″ rectangles

Vinyl: Cut 2 15.5″x7.5″ rectangles

Snack Bag- Main Fabric: Cut 1 10.5″x7.5″ rectangle

Lining Fabric: Cut 1 10.5″x7.5″ rectangles

Vinyl: Cut 2 10.5″x7.5″ rectangles

Step Two: Remove the paper backing off the vinyl.  Place the sticky side of the vinyl on the right side of your lining fabric.

Step Three: Place the paper liner you removed from the vinyl on top of your vinyl and lining fabric.  Using your heat source, press the entire surface of the vinyl for 8 seconds.  I like to turn the fabric over and press an additional 4 seconds on the backside.

NOTE:  Remember not to touch the iron to any vinyl or it will melt.


Step Four: Place the lining fabric rectangle on top of the main, right sides together and sew around three sides, leaving one short end open.

Step Five: Cut the corners and trim your seam allowance to 1/4″.  Turn right side out and press.  Remember to use the paper backing when pressing so you don’t melt the vinyl.

Step Six: Fold the open end in 1/2″ and pin in place.  Topstitch all the way around the rectangle to close the opening.

Step Seven: Cut a long piece of velcro about 6″ long, and sew the “hook” side to the top edge of your rectangle on the lining side and the “loop” side to the opposite end of the rectangle on the main fabric side as shown.

Step Eight: For a sandwich bag, fold the bottom edge up 6″ so that the bottom velcro is facing outward.  For a snack bag fold the bottom edge up 3.5″.  Topstitch the two sides closed creating a bag.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial. These reusable snack bags are cute and they’re so functional for back-to-school snacks and lunches.  I’d love to hear how these work out for you!

**Our HeatnBond Iron-On Vinyl contains no BPA or lead. However, Iron-On Vinyl does utilize a plasticizer, DIDP in the manufacturing process.

At this time there is no data testing regarding Iron-On Vinyl on children’s toys, bibs, food storage, etc. since this product was not intended for children.

Happy Sewing!


2 Comments on Reusable Snack bags using Heat N Bond Iron-Vinyl

  1. Barb J
    September 11, 2019 at 12:03 am (1 year ago)

    I like the idea but I’m concerned about the ability to clean the inside properly. Thoughts?

    • Becca Plymale
      September 11, 2019 at 11:26 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Barb! I wipe them down with a wet rag every evening after my son gets home from school and haven’t had any problems. They dry fast