Guest Blogger: Noodlehead and Reusable Sandwich Bags

I’ve been really excited for today’s guest blogger.  Anna from Noodlehead has a blog FULL of great tutorials and photographs.  Do you ever look at a blog and just find yourself staring at the photos?  You will on Noodlehead!  Everything is bright and refreshing and I’m so glad that today Anna’s bringing some of that to Sew Much Ado with her super tutorial for a Recyled Reusable Sandwich Bag.

You’ll need:

  • 1 pair men’s khaki pants
  • 1/4 yard for lining, or find some scraps
  • (2) 8.5″w x 4″ tall pieces of fabric for exterior accent
  • sew in velcro (3/4″ wide)
  • thread

 Cutting the pieces:
Carefully cut the pieces from your khaki pants (you’ll want to be sure to include the pocket lining when you cut), the pocket part of the pants will be the front of the bag and the opposite (plain part of khaki pants on the front side of the pant) will be the back.

Cut 2 pieces 8.5″ x 8.5″ from your pants (each pair of pants will yield two sandwich bags) and why not use the leg pieces for some drawstring backpacks while you’re at it?!

Cut 2 pieces 8.5″ x 8.5″ from rip-stop nylon (if you want a water resistant lining), or just cotton will work too!

Sew on the accent fabric:

Iron down the long side a 1/4″ on each piece.  Line up the fabric with the bottom of the bag, topstitch along top part of accent fabric.  Repeat for backside.

Sew the bag:

Place exterior pieces RIGHT sides together and sew along both sides and bottom. 

Repeat for lining fabric.

Turn lining piece right side out and place inside the exterior piece.

Sew around top of sandwich bag leaving a 2-3″ opening for turning.  Turn right side out through hole.  Press.

Topstitch around entire opening of bag.

Sewing on the velcro:

Cut a strip of velcro approximately 5.5″ long.  Pin in place on lining.  Sew around all four sides of velcro.  Repeat for other side of velcro.

If you want to add a special touch, replace the khaki pants pocket button with a pretty one.  You can even personalize them with a freezer paper stencil.  Another option would be to skip the accent exterior fabric and grab some fabric markers and let your kids decorate their own bags!

Slip in your sandwich, tuck in a little note, add a mint or piece of candy for after lunch and you’re set!  Yum!

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You love her already, don’t you?  Thanks so much for being a part of Go Green Month Anna!  I love things that are cute, fun, and practical all at the same time.  Be sure to visit Noodlehead, you’ll become a regular reader, I promise!

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