Make Your Own Baggies {I Can Teach My Child}

Jenae is a former first grade teacher turned stay-at-home Mama to two precious (and wild and crazy) little boys. She loves spending time with her family and sharing fun and educational ideas with other parents and caregivers on her blog I Can Teach My Child!

Baggies are an inevitable part of life with children. Whether you are packing a school lunch or throwing Cheerios in a diaper bag, baggies are a must for every parent.
Instead of using disposable baggies, though, try making your own! It's super easy and takes about 20 minutes tops! Plus, one benefit of these baggies is that they are insulated!
Here's what you'll need:
A picnic tablecloth (the kind with the felt on the back),
Sew-on velcro (I used 1/2 inch...I think),
Pins, a sewing machine, and thread!
Optional: Rotary cutter and mat.
1. Cut a section from your very large smaller than 16x9 inches.
It will be easier to work with if you start off with a small piece.

2. Line up your fabric and make a cut at 14.5". I made mine at 14" and I would suggest making it a tad larger to fit a sandwich in the baggie. Cut the width at 7.5". Cut another rectangle with the exact same proportions.

3. You'll have 2 rectangles now measuring 14.5x7.5". Put the right sides together...
...and pin!
4. Sew 1/4 inch seam down the length of both sides.
You'll end up having a long-sleeve looking piece.

5. Tuck the unsewn edges in with as small of a seam as your hands can manage.

6. Pin the tucked seam down.

7. Sew as close to the edge as possible.

All four sides should now be sewn shut.

8. Cut your velcro almost the same size as the width of the fabric, but perhaps a centimeter or two smaller.
9. Sew one end and then the other, so that the velcro pieces are on the same side of the fabric but at opposite ends.

10. Fold the rectangle on top of itself and secure the velcro. The sides of the bag are still unsewn, so now we just have to make a straight stitch up both sides. Be sure to backstitch!

The bag is all done!
The stitching on the sides of the bag will appear on the outside. If you don't like this, I suggest finding a different tutorial as I couldn't figure out another way to use the tablecloth on both the inside and the outside without having the stitching show.
Ready to use! To wash, rinse with soapy water and let dry or throw in the washing machine and air dry.

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I LOVE all of Jenae's apple ideas--especially this fun literature idea for teaching Ten Apples Up on Top.
I also love the fun holiday ideas you can find on I Can Teach My Child! Like this adorable tangled pumpkin!
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  1. I’ve seen these everywhere but didn’t have any oilcloth to make any. But I do have some old tablecloths like this. Now I know what to use them for. Thanks for the great tutorial and inspiration!

  2. Great tutorial, I’ve bought some on etsy in the past but they seem pretty easy to make myself. Thanks for the instructions.

  3. I LOVE this!!! I am going to have to make some of these:) Thanks!!!

  4. Oilcloth Safety
    Please note that the recent Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) prohibits oilcloth garments such as bibs and aprons or toys for children. While there are no heavy metals in oilcloth, it does contain Phthalates, which softens the plastic coating used to manufacture Oilcloth. With this in mind it may not be suited for Snack Bags and Sandwich Wraps especially for children. I suggest using the more family friendly Laminated Cottons. Also note we plan to expand our selection of this new lux oilcloth in the near future.

  5. I love the idea of making your own sandwhich bags. I only wish I had a sewing machine and could sew….

  6. Love this! Great idea and great tutorial!

  7. These look way too easy. I’m so making my daughter some. Love this idea! And how cute!!

  8. LOVE the idea! I’m planning on making plenty of these! My husband and I brown bag it for work, and I always feel bad throwing away all those baggies. As for the seam on the outside, do you think if at step 10 instead of placing the velcro together, you fold the opposite way, sew the side and then flip it the seam’ll be on the inside? Conceptually, I see it working. If I try it that way and it works, I’ll be sure to post!

  9. I made this project over the summer and have been using my bags so far almost everyday for something in my lunch box. I made my bags in sandwich and snack sizes. I find that sometimes they become hard to clean so I run them though the laundry and the old food is completely gone. Thank you for posting this idea and having such easy to follow directions.

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