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Washable Fabric Snack Bags

“Sustainability is the catch word of the moment, with more and more people aware of climate change and wanting to do what they can to help. Making small changes at home can make a huge difference and these reusable snack bags can replace clingfilm or crisp packets and other single use plastics. Use, wash, and reuse as often as you need to! Great for the school lunch box, why not pick fabrics that your kids will love? This project is a great way to use up those scraps of fabric you have laying around and why not upcycle an old hairdresser’s gown or tarpaulin for the plastic fabric? This project is to make small size snack bags so if you want larger bags just use larger rectangles of fabric. And because these little bags are so quick and easy to make, I recommend making a few at a time so you have plenty to use when you need them” - Becky Cole

  • Sewing
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Fabric pieces sized 27cm x 14cm
  • Plastic fabric pieces sized 27cm x 14cm (such as rip stop)
  • Sew On Hook and loop tape 5cm x 2cm (I recommend sew on tape rather than stick on tape as this will last longer and withstand constant using and washing)
  • Sewing scissors
  • Complimentary sewing thread
  • Straight pins
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron


  1. Gather together your materials. Make up as many fabric pieces as snack bags you want to make.

  2. Lay the fabric over the plastic fabric with the right sides together. Stitch a 1cm seam allowance all the way round leaving a 5cm gap at the top edge. Trim away the corners to remove bulk.

  3. Turn the fabric pocket round to the right side through the gap you left. Pull out the corners nice and sharp using a pin. Press your project with an iron making sure the edge seams are crisp. Take care to only press the fabric side to avoid melting the plastic.

  4. Turn the fabric piece over so that the plastic side is facing you, with the open gap at the top. Take the hook side of the hook and eye tape and pin it centrally along the top edge. Turn the fabric piece over so you are now looking at the fabric side. Pin the eye side of the hook and eye tape 5cm up from the bottom edge. Sew the two tapes in place.

  5. Turn the project around again so you are looking at the plastic side with the hook tape at the top. Fold up the bottom edge 10cm and pin in place. Top stitch close to the edge around 3 edges, starting at the folded edge, along the top (closing the gap), and down the opposite side, finishing at the folded edge on the other side. I recommend reverse stitching at the start and end to secure and strengthen the bag.