Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Snack Attack:  The best snack bag ever:  a tutorial.
That's right.  The BEST.

While there are several great tutorials out there for reusable cloth snack/lunch bags, as well as ones for sale, I'm a bit picky.

You see, in my mind, velcro and crumbs just don't go well together.  Zippers are too bulky and time consuming to use for snacks that might need to be eaten right away.  And exposed seams on the inside?  Not my thing.

It left me only one option:  design my own.

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure out something so simple, (and how long it has taken me since to put together a tutorial), but getting everything so it flipped right-side out the right way with all seams concealed was challenging.  Perhaps I thought about it too much?   Once I started sewing, it made much more sense, and these little pouches came together very quickly.

I used standard cotton for the outside - both as full pieces and some with patchwork/applique for a little added fun.  On the inside, I tried to use organic cotton.  It just felt better, although I think once washed, standard would be fine.  An average size bag uses a little less than a quarter yard of fabric - and is perfect for those largish scraps lurking around the sewing room.

Full tutorial can be found here - just in time for back to school (or work) lunches!  Happy snacking!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thanks to everyone that took the time to post a comment.  I really appreciate it, and was quite relieved to see that I am not the only one to be a bit "birth-date" challenged!

After several failed attempts to embed a random number generator into this post, I've given up and hope that you will take my word for it.   The RGN widget I originally posted allowed visitors to click the "winner" button and change the results!  Oops!    (I'm not sure how others have gotten this to work unless they run it off-line, take a screen shot, and crop the image down for post - which is what I've done previously - and just not in the mood for at this point.  If anyone knows a better way, please let me know!) 

At any rate, the number that came up the very first time the button was clicked was 4, which corresponds to Marilee's post, who was so kind to wish me the "best birthday ever".
Thank you Marilee!  - please send me a note via the "contact" form in the shop and let me know where to mail your fabric!