YAY! ERIN IS MARRIED! (wedding photo to come later after honeymoon in ICELAND!) How cool is that.
Okay, lets get to business. Since having kiddos, I carry snacks EVERYWHERE. Not for them, they are only almost 5 months old so not snacking on much more than just milk these days. The snacks are for me! Eventually the little nuggets will be snacking out of them.
I basically never stop eating. Nursing makes you experience this never ending hunger so you MUST eat to have a good milk supply. There is nothing that irritates me more than having to pull out 4 plastic baggies to stuff snacks in to put in my purse and create all kinds of waste. So, I decided it was time to make some snack saks!
I am no seamstress.
Just a warning! But that is TOTALLY OK! Hey, you've got to start somewhere and also this is such an easy tutorial I made a whole bunch of saks because it was so easy and fun.
There are a few considerations that go into making a snack sak. Do you want it to have a zipper? Velcro? Button? Whichever you choose I'm sure it would be super cute but I prefer none of the above. I like super simple, so this is a snak sak made easy with no add-ons.
Glass head pins(I always use glass head pins so they don't melt while ironing)
1/2 yard of a few different cotton fabrics (this will make a few saks)
- I found some really cute farm and fruit prints on Etsy.
1 yard of PUL fabric by ECO PUL
- I really like this PUL fabric because it is Made in the USA, Food safe, CPSIA compliant, waterproof, washable, and easy to sew. You can find the fabric here in solids or prints!
- First things first. Cut your cotton and PUL fabric into 12X7" rectangles. Some people like to wash and iron their fabric before beginning to sew. That my friend is up to you!
I didn't this time because I figured I'd wash them right after I made them anyhow.
- Take one slab each of your cotton and PUL fabric that you've cut out and place them "good" side together. Pin around boarders. I like to use a zillion pins.
I found that the PUL fabric has one side that is more shiny and one side that has a more matte, clothy feel. Use the cloth feeling side as your "good" side of the fabric that you place against your "good" side of cotton fabric.
- Sew all sides of your fabric but leave about a 2 inch or so gap on one of the long sides. You will use this gap to flip your fabric inside out on the next step!
At first I was having trouble with thread tension when I was trying to sew the sak with the PUL fabric side on top. I flipped the pinned fabrics over and continued to sew with the cotton side up and never had another problem!
*Notice the gap in stitching. This is where you will eventually flip the sak inside out.
- Trim the edges just outside of your stitching and make sure to trim the corners well!
- Flip your snack sak right side out through the little gap you created in your seam. Poke a pencil in the corners of the fabric so you have a nice pointy corner. (This is why you trimmed corners well)
- Next, Iron your sak with cotton side facing up.
Make sure you fold in your open seam and iron it. This will help the fabric stay put better and it will be easier to sew shut.
- Lay fabric with PUL side facing up and bring the bottom edge up toward the top edge leaving about 2 inches or so.
- Fold the 2 inch flap on top, down over the bottom edge that you just folded up. Pin the flap in place!
- Sew down each edge of the fabric so the sak is now sewn shut. VOILA!
SNACK SAK SUCCESS!
To use your snack sak, flip top flap inside out and there you have it!
I love that you can really experiment with any size that you want. Larger ones could fit sandwiches or smaller ones can carry baby goldfish!
OR you may not even want to use it for food at all! What are you going to put in your snack sak? Let us know!
Wherever the snack sak may take you, we hope you have fun testing your sewing skills!
Send us some picture of your freshly sewn snack sak!