April 5, 2018

Sandwich Bags

I have been on a journey - or that's what it feels like. Many times over I've gone to the craft store for different supplies.

A long time ago (last Christmas) I had a sewing craft fail. I tried to make a cover for glass bowls. It didn't work. It was my first time using laminated cotton (I got the iron on vinyl) and things were not happy.

I then thought - since I have it I should use it. I thought about using it to make reusable sandwich and snack bags. This is where my journey really started. I have been down the rabbit hole, my friends, and I didn't realize quite how deep it was. I started researching how to make sandwich bags. They seemed very straight forward except for one of the materials listed: "FOOD SAFE FABRIC".

What does it mean to be food safe? Well, I'll tell you that plastic contains BPA - sometimes. So the vinyl that I ironed to my cotton (making it laminated cotton) became not food safe. Does it actually contain BPA? Probably not. But I wanted to be on the safe side knowing that it will be for friends and family. Honestly, I want it safe no matter who is using it.

Thus began my search online for food safe fabric - it's called ripstop nylon, btw.  I had to go to 3 different stores to get it. It isn't ever on sale and it was about $8/yd. Now, I only need about 8" for a bag so it's not a big deal.

This is where things really started to get hairy. I saw the tutorials - a lot of them. Many tutorials later I decided that I didn't like how they were being done. So - I kind of changed one part of my favorite one.

I sewed my laminated cotton (it can easily be washed) right sides with the nylon leaving an opening to turn out. Tip - use these clips (or paper clips) to hold the slippery fabric. Holes from a needle would be seen later.

Instead of doing a top stitch I just kept going with the tutorial - bringing the sides up and that's how I closed the fabric. Put the nylon out - this is how the bag is made.

Turn the bag out then add ribbon around the top. It's a bit tricky because it goes on both sides. Also, leave a bit on the side coming around for easy opening. This is part of a lot of tutorials so I didn't do a lot of pictures. Next, add the velcro so it will close. I ended up putting a big more on for this larger bag.

It wasn't that difficult to make - I just needed to do the research to figure out what it needed. I hope this helps out anyone who is wondering what it means to be food safe. I also made a smaller one (cut my scrap in 1/2) and it ended up being 5x5 when finished. It is just perfect for a snack bag.

The great news - I didn't need to use the seam ripper that is in the pictures. I did it all without mistakes. That's because I really took my time. I didn't want to mess up on the nylon b/c it is hard to work with already.

Note: Ripstop nylon, Procare fabric & waxed canvas ($$$) all are food safe. Ripstop nylon is the only one that I could find locally. The waxed canvas is the only one that does not have any plastic. It's all natural. Maybe one time I'll try it, however I can only find it online and it is $23/yd. Anyone want a custom order so I can try it? :D

The other great news - You can order them from me in either snack size or sandwich size bags. They are pretty customize able as well. Take a look in my shop.

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