For a while there I was looking at quite a few reusable sandwich bags that people had made themselves and I decided to give it a go and create one out of oilcloth for Ray. Well, the Sammy Sack was invented and have gotten rave reviews so far...from the 4 people that have been using them. A few were sold at the Kaiser Craft Fair so I'm excited to hear about how they liked them too. They are basically an oilcloth bag with a velcro closure at the top. Easy to clean out and you can store almost anything in them. I made a few different sizes and both have been put to good use.
They're also great for bait bags because you can leave them in your purse and you won't find crumbs that succumb to instant investigation and unfortunate chewing by your dogs when you get home. (Ok, so it IS my fault that I leave my purse or bag where they can reach...but not all the time)
Here's how to make them...
- 1/2 yard of two different oil cloth patterns. Should make several bags depending on the size you chose to make.
Sticky back velcro that preferably comes in a longer strip. (Easier to keep it completely shut).
Double fold binding in any width you like. I used 1/2" wide.
Liquid Stitch to attach the label so it wouldn't move while sewing. A Name tag would work well for a kid's bag. It says that it is non toxic on the bottle so if you believe them and aren't squeemish about it you can actually use it instead of basting the two pieces together.
Pinking shears and a bone folder to push out the corners.
Cut out the bag in any size you want. I calculated my finish size then added 2 inches lenghwise and an another inch for the width. For example if I wanted a finish size of about 6"x4" then I'd cut my cloth 14"x5". (6"+6"=12"+2"=14")
Then with wrong sides together baste 1/8" from edge around all 4 sides.
Add binding to both ends, stitching 1/8" or as close as you can get to the bottom of the binding while still maintaining a straight stitch. I found that it was easier to add the binding at this stage then to do it after the bag was constructed so I could get an even, straight stitch. Trim off the ends so they are even with the end of the cloth.
Fold your bag in half so the right sides are facing each other and stitch 1/4" from the edge. The good part about this is that if you goof and fold the wrong sides together it will still look good!
Then use your pinking shears and trim the sides about 1/8" from the stitching. Close enough to cut off any extra but far enough away so that the seam won't split open when you turn it inside out.
To create the bottom of the bag fold the bottom of the corners out forming a triangle. The side of the bag is shown in the picture above with the seam in the middle. Try to center the seam so there is the same amount of cloth on each side.
Here's what it should look like from the front of the bag.
Sew 1/2"-3/4" from the point of the triangle keeping the seam flat as you go. Do the same on the other side of the bag.
Trim off triangle close to the stitching.
Here's what the bottom of the bag should look like before you turn it inside out.
Cut a piece of velcro slightly shorter than the inside length of the bag and stick it on right below the binding. You now have a Sammy Sack!