A few years ago, my mom and I tried to learn to sew; but it didn’t go very well.
A lot of frustration with the prep work, and a night gown with a seam down the
front later… we quit. Well, about five months ago we bought another sewing machine
and my mother was determined to learn. She went on a YouTube marathon, and
made it her goal to know how the machine worked and all of the technical things one
should know before sewing. She completed her goal, and the next day I learned too!
Since then we have made several things including a pincushion cacti, tablecloths,
dog beds, and these ziplock bags! (And other things of course 🙂 )
These are something we really like because you can wash them in the sink, they
dry pretty fast, and you don’t have to throw them away! Less bags thrown away =less money wasted. I wouldn’t recommend them for really hot things or meats though
because the inside lining is plastic, and they aren’t air tight.
To make these fantastically amazing bags, you’ll need fabric and plastic equal sizes,
the size you want the bag. You’ll want maybe an inch extra around the edges to make
up for the folding, and remember that they will be folded in half to make the bag,
so take that into account too. We like ours about 21 by 9 inches so that they
aren’t too small, but aren’t too big either. Juuuust right!!
Aside from the two pieces of material vital to the making of this project,
you’ll need scissors, velcro about the width of the bag… about 8 inches long,
a few pins, and of course, your trusty sewing machine!
Here’s my fabric and plastic to start with. (It’s cut really bad but it won’t matter)
We bought regular old plastic for table coverings, but you can use plastic
tablecloths or anything similar. We’ve used that in the past as well, this was
just what they happened to have at the fabric store.
Place the plastic on the right side of the fabric, line them up,
and pin them together. This is where the fun begins!
After you have the plastic and fabric pinned together, you’re going to sew a seam along three sides, leaving one short end open. It’s hard to see, but I left a pin in the right side of mine, that’s the side I left open. You can also trim the edges around the seam if you want to.
Now, reach your hand in through that open side and flip it inside out.
Pretty easy so far right? Soon comes the Velcro…
Fold over that open edge enough so that when you pin the Velcro,
it’ll tuck under and gets sewn down. You don’t want any yucky edges sticking out!!
Measure the Velcro against the ends of the fabric to make sure it’s the right length,
pin it on each end, making sure you pin that folded edge under it!
The other end doesn’t need anything special, just pin away!
Put a seam along both long edges of each piece of Velcro…
in my case, the right and left sides of each.
Almost done!! Fold your almost-completed bag in half, fabric sides touching.
Make sure to line up the top edges so they’re even!
Run a seam up the left and right edges of your bag, it’s hard to see, but it’s there!
Turn it right-side-out and viola! A beautiful creation has been born. These reusable
bags are perfect for leftovers or almost anything else. We’ve put rice, veggies,
pasta and snacks for long car trips in them so far!! I wouldn’t put anything with a sauce
or liquid in it because as I mentioned before, they aren’t air tight. To wash it, all you have
to do is flip it inside out and clean it like you would any other dish. I hope you enjoy it!
We want to thank Emily De Salvo for sharing this informative post.
The Montañez Family
L’Chaim Pura Vida!