I wasn't sure what the best size would be, so I made a variety of sizes. I was also exploring my options so some have pull tabs and/or strap. I think I have come to the conclusion that 2 pull tabs are best and straps are best for snack sized bags.
I'm sure that there are plenty of better tutorials on the web, but if my learning curve can help anyone else out - here ya go!
Fabric of your choice
Coordinating ribbon if adding pull tabs and/or strap
Rotary cutting mat, ruler and cutter (or scissors and a measuring tape)
Serger (I used a Singer mini serger)
|Fabric pieces for larger bag|
|Fabric pieces for smaller snack bag|
1. Cut out 2 squares/rectangles of fabric (I used 6.5" x 6.5" for a large snack/sandwich bag and 6.5" x 4"for a snack bag). Cut 2 squares/rectangles of the same dimensions our of your ripstop nylon. If you would like a strap, either cut a length of coordinating fabric or ribbon to twice the desired length (I will be adding a strap to the smaller bag).
|Ripstop nylon serged to the fabric of the large bag|
|Ripstop nylon serged to the fabric of the small bag|
2. Line up the wrong side of the fabric with the ripstop nylon and serge the edge. If you are adding a strap, fold the fabric in half lengthwise and serge the edge.
|I attached two tabs to each bag.|
3. If you are adding tabs, cut your ribbon into segments of ~2". I added two tabs to each bag, therefore I needed 4 sections of ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half width wise and center on the ripstop side of your fabric. Sew the tab onto the fabric.
4. Cut your velcro into a segment that is the same length as the top of your bag. Pin and sew.
|The strap has been attached on the small bag, the right way this time!|
5. If you are adding a strap, fold it in half width wise and pin to the outer (right) side of one fabric swatch. Pin it at an angle that is a mirror image to the angle that you would like it to attach. Sew.
6. Pin bags with right sides together. Sew along side and bottom edges. Turn bag right side out and you're done!
After trying the bags out, I decided that I loved this style for snacks but not so much for sandwiches. I went back and found another design that I like even better for sandwiches. I'll share that one later!