You will need:
-fabric [cotton is great]
-3/4 inch SEWABLE velcro [do NOT get the kind that is sticky on the back, trust me!]
-obvious things like a sewing machine, thread...
FINAL BAG DIMENSIONS:
Big bag: 6.5" x 7"
Medium bag: 6.5" x 5.5"
Small/snack size bag: 6.5" x 3.5"
CUTTING DIMENSIONS: [For both fabric AND nylon]
Big bag: 14" x 8"
Medium bag: 11.5" x 8"
Small/snack size bag: 8" x 8"
*The measurements can easily be altered to suit the size that you need, feel free to change them up. I am in the process of making some big [think gallon size] bags, these are just estimations---it isn't surgery, so don't stress over exactness!
7" --- if you change the measurements above, just alter your velcro accordingly.
This is the velcro you want! See where it says "sew on"?! That's really important! You do not want velcro with adhesive on the back---this will break your needle and make you swear.
Let's begin! I took a lot of pictures, which is in NO way an indication of how hard this is. In fact, it's quite the opposite. If you can push a gas pedal, you can totally make these!
|Begin by cutting your outer fabric and your nylon. For the purposes of this tutorial, I am making the small/snack sized bag. Also, at this point, measure and cut your velcro as well.|
|Now, take your outside fabric and your nylon and pin them RIGHT SIDES together. [This is the wrong side of my fabric.]|
|Me and my freaky ET fingers are showing you that I pinned the nylon on the back. See, there it is. |
|Using a 1/4" seam allowance [and remembering to back stitch to secure stitches], sew the short sides together. Only sew 2 sides, not the whole thing!|
|Now, turn that bad boy so the right side is out [wrong sides now together]. |
|See, top and bottom all pinned on. [The top looks uneven, but the velcro just had a kink in it from storage.]|
|This is what it should look like at this point.|
|Now close it up, sealing the velcro together. |
|Your velcro should meet up, and be even and centered. Notice how the sides are still now sewen together. We'll do that now.|
|Once you've done that on both sides, trim the excess fabric as close as you can to the seam---be careful not to cut the seam!|
|See? It's pretty awesome. If you don't have one of these, use anything---a knitting needle, pen, whatev. |
|Now, sew the sides with a 1/4" seam. Again, don't forget that pesky backstitch. Do this with both sides, obviously.|
|Now, turn it right side out. Again, be sure to get the corners and edges straight and crisp.|
|And that's it! You now have the worlds cutest and easy to make reusable ziploc baggie!! |
Feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions or problems!