Puzzles with Filles a Maman

Today’s guest is another amazing designer, Mel of Filles a Maman!  You’ve seen her pattern work around this here blog a couple of times. She is the pattern designer behind the Rose Skirt and the Mimi Top! Be sure to check out her other awesome patterns in her etsy shop! She has been such fun to work with and I just love her sense of design.

Welcome Mel!!!

I’m so happy to be a part of Louise Wackerman’s Sew Ready to Play series. My house is full of toys, for sure, as I have 3 girls. Most are pink, but anyway, they tend to hang around. I saw an opportunity to do something useful and fun. I was inspired by the outrageous amount of puzzles that we own. We love to do puzzles, but it is frustrating to realize that there is a missing piece because the box is broken. Because of this, I created the Puzzle Pouch.

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The pattern is available here: Puzzle pouch

Print the pattern at 100%, without scaling. Check the 1 inch square on the first page to make sure that your printer is correct.

Assemble the pattern following the layout.

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You will need a 6 in zipper and a 2.5 in X 2.5 in square of clear vinyl.

Don’t worry if you have never sewn vinyle, I will show you how!

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1-Cut 2 pieces to make the shell and 2 more to make the lining.

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3) Sew the zipper of half of the fabric with the right side of the zipper facing the right side of the fabric.
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4-Sew a half lining over the zipper.casse tete tuto-065-Turn to the right side and topstitch along the zipper at 1/8 in.

casse tete tuto-076-Place the other part of the zipper on the right side of the fabric and sew. The right side of the zipper should be facing the right side of the fabric.casse tete tuto-087) Sew the lining over the zipper and turn to the right side.

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11-Sew over the paper on the sides and on the bottom of the pocket.

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13-Open the zipper. Place the fabric (green) right sides together and the lining wrong sides together with the fabric, making a sandwich.

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15-Cut the corners and snip the rounded corners to be able to turn the pouch properly.

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16-Turn to the right side and press. Be careful not to press the vinyl.

Fill it with your treasures.

Enjoy!

Mel xx

Dominos with Simple Simon and Company

Today I’m so excited to welcome liZ, one of the two, from Simple Simon and Company! The ladies behind one of my favorite blogs! I’ve read for so much beautiful inspiration for those times I decide to sew for the nieces. There’s just a real elegance going on over there! I’m sure I’ve said it before, but my all time favorite project from their blog is the Audrey Cape! So pretty and so simple to make!
Welcome liZ!!!
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I’m liZ (one of the two Elizabeth’s) from over at Simple Simon and Company and we are so happy to be joining Louise again this year for her Sew Ready to Play series!
I had visions this year of what I was going to make….and I was in love with my plan…and then real life happened, plans were changed, and Grace ended up choosing what we made for the final project.
Which I still like…but people….I’m telling you my other idea was awesomeness…so I guess Louise will just have to invite us back again next year :)
Anyways, back story aside, the outfit we put together today for Sew Ready to Play is a Domino inspired look.
Our kids are into playing Dominos right now.  (So much so that we made them a giant set for Christmas last year.)  And Grace thought this giant polka dot fabric that I had in my stash was perfect for a Domino skirt.
The skirt we made is a simple colored blocked skirt with an elastic waistband and then she paired it with her favorite leggings (from Target, not handmade), a hand-me-down T-shirt, and a black blazer from last year.
She was pretty proud of the styling.  Her whole outfit was black and white….and it has the dots on the skirt….and the stripe on her leggings….and the solid on her blazer….
This is how she looked when she wore it to school this morning.
And I can’t argue with that face.
She loved her “Domino Clothes”.
Thanks Louise for inviting us to your series.  It’s just so much fun!  We love it!
-liZ

Chutes and Ladders Superhero Edition by Begin With B

And today it’s another Project Run and Play star joining us today!! Today’s guest is Jacqueline from Begin with B! If you didn’t follow along for our season of PRP, you should check out her projects here! they were fanatstic! We bonded pretty fast since we live in the same city! And we’ve been trying to get together ever since…. One day soon…. Jacqueline sews for her three boys and runs runs runs with them! I love watching thier escapes on IG!

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Oh games….I LOVE games. I have many childhood memories playing games with my family, especially my grandmother. To this day my boys will ask to get a game out and I get excited. Mouse Trap, Don’t Break the Ice, Chutes and Ladders, and Rock, Paper, Scissors are the most frequent requests. So when I had to pick one- it was hard!

I almost went with Mouse Trap but we don’t ever actually play the game. We set up the crazy contraption, we crank, hit the stop sign and watch the marbles roll to drop the trap. But as far as the actual game….I have no idea how to play! We never did as kids either- the contraption was the biggest draw.

Decided to go with Chutes and Ladders instead. Our version isn’t the old school one though- it’s superhero. Mae picked it out long before he was old enough to be into superheroes. Long before he started introducing himself as Captain America or Batman. But it is easily one of the most played games we own.

What I love about this game it is always so much more than just the superheroes climbing ladders and sliding chutes. Every time we play it turns into these heroes hoping onto toy firetrucks and rushing to a fire. Or driving the crane truck to rescue the mice stuck under the trap. The game pieces become alive for our boys and the game board is left behind.  I wanted to create something that would extend this play even further but be wearable everyday.

With the Dark Knight image in my mind I set to work to create a tee that was not a costume but would still allow Mae to pretend. I started with a black burnout knit that I ironed a knit interfacing onto the backside. This allows sewing to go much more smoothly and gives the knit (which is so thin!) a bit more weight.

Next I created a half batman drawn on freezer paper- to make sure that both sides were symmetrical. I then ironed the freezer paper onto the knit/interfacing piece and then cut. At this point you should have a sandwich with interfacing, then knit, then freezer paper- all in the shape of batman. Tear off the freezer paper and you’re ready to move to the tee.

Before sewing I used wonder tape to attach the points- knowing they would be finicky under the feed dogs of my machine. Then sewed with a zigzag around the the edges- working slowly.

This shirt is much loved. It has gone through the wash a few times already and the appliqué has held up great. And of course a few other tees have been requested.

Thanks so much for having me!!

Simple Duffle Bag Tutorial

Typically when we go camping we have a little trailer at a little campsite that we go to. But every now and then we bust out the tent. It’s a huge tent! It’s a huge tent that was also busting out of it’s bag. we took it out last year and felt like we were getting some eye rolling from the fancy pants motor homes we were camping next too! And we probably were, the bag was shredded and being held together with rope.

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This is the new one I made. I’m kicking myself for no before pictures. I took some, but my camera was acting up, so deleted it. Then I forgot to get a pick before my husband took it out of the old bag and into the new one! And once it came out of the old, I don’t think it was going in again. Yes, it was that bad!

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Have you made a duffle bag before? They are so simple. I’m sure you can make it more complicated. Like lining it, etc. But this one doesn’t need it! You only need a zipper the length of your bag, the fabric and the webbing for the strap.

And please excuse the pictures, they are horrible, I admit…. But they work!

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First, cut! You need one rectangle for the body of the bag and 2 circles for the end. I made mine 40 inches long x 36 3/4 inches wide. And my end circles are 12 inches diameter.

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The easiest way I cut circles is to fold the fabric in half and in half again. At the corner, draw a quarter or your circle, then cut it out.

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Next is the zipper. Sew the zipper, right sides together, along the 40 inch side.  Then again along the other side. Then turn right side out and topstitch along each side of the zipper.

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The handles are the next step. Sew the webbing together so that you have one huge loop. I used approximately 3 1/2 yards of webbing for this one. Unzip the bag and lay it out flat. Then pin the webbing to the right side of the bag.

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Topstitch the webbing to the bag, stopping about 2 to 3 inches from the zipper.

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Then comes the ends! Pin the ends. I fold and crease the ends and the bag in quarters. Start pinning at the quarter marks then infill.

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Then sew the ends on! I do a lot of back and forth at the zipper to really secure that part. And that’s it! You’re done!

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Ready for the next camping trip! Or for whatever your bag is for. Did you know duffle bags were that easy? I had a feeling it was easy, but then didn’t fully realize how easy it was until I made it! What will you make a duffle bag for?

 

The 10 Minute Bow Tie- A Tutorial

I loved the bow tie I made the kiddo back at Easter and I said I’d show you how I did it! So now I will!

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The kiddo loved his, but was playing with the first one I made him. And lost it at church that morning. So he asked if I could make another one. Of course I could! He needed it! That’s when I realized it really only took me about 10 minutes!

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First, You’ll need hair clips, fabric, hot glue, pinking shears and cutting supplies.

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Secondly, cut the pieces. You’ll need one piece for the bow that’s  10.5 x 4 inches. And another piece that’s  5 x 2 inches for the middle, tie, part.

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Step 3, sew both pieces together, right sides together, along the long side.

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Step 4, Turn the pieces right side out and iron with the seam centered on the back.

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Step 5, Pinch the bow fabric together in the front and I like to put a little hot glue here to hold the folds together.

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Step 6, Fold the bow fabric together with the ends overlapping about 1/4 inch or so.

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Step 7, Hot glue the hair clip and one end of the tie fabric together on the back.

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Step 8, Pull the tie fabric tight around the front. Make sure the tie is situated how you want it to be.

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Step 9, Add another spot of hot glue on or right past the hair clip. Pull the tie fabric through and secure it.

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Step 10, Trim the extra fabric with the pinking shears. And you’re ready to go!

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Ok… Me and my red hair that’s turning white WAY to early didn’t really wear the bow tie… But it could be a hair bow too!

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Kids Clothes week is coming up, so be sure to add a bow tie to your list!

 

Long Beach Board Shorts

Or should I call them Orange Beach Board Shorts? Obviously they fit in perfectly on any beach! I’m in love with this Long Beach Board Short pattern from Terra’s Treasures.

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It was one of the patterns in the Sew Fab Sale and I’m loving it! And so is the kiddo! I wanted them to actually be swim shorts and not just shorts that look like swim shorts, so I started looking for boys swimsuit material. It’s not so easy to find! I did find some at this place called The Fabric Fairy, but it was kinda expensive for my first try at this… Sometimes it’s hard to spend 20 or so on fabric for a swim suit that I can get already made for 8 or 10 at Old Navy, etc… I love handmade more, but sometimes….

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So I started looking at thrift shops. Then I just happened to find a solid pair of blue and a printed pair that matched perfected! On sale for 5 bucks for the two! Then I wanted the contrast and found another pair of adult swim trunks for 1 dollar!! I did use adult swim trunks for the fabric. And if you want to, be sure to find a pair without all the pockets! My blue pair I had to be very careful with how I cute the adult pair to have enough fabric.

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The pattern is super easy to put together. It helps if you aren’t chatting with a long time best friend that you haven’t seen in a year though. I did sew together the back part upside down the first time adn I couldn’t figure out what in the world was wrong the pattern! Of course, it wasn’t me!!! Then I realized, HA! it was me! And of course, I had finished the seam allowances and everything before I figured it out….

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Then I got back on track and I love it. I would totally make short short out of it too. As in not actual swim shorts.

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And check out that piping! Sorry, for the booty shot, but it was the best picture of the piping I had. It was my first time doing real piping. I used a nylon cord for quicker drying. This one is for my Aunt! I’ve been talking to her about doing piping for years. She keeps telling me how wonderful it is and how you’ll get hooked. She was right!

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And I also added in the swim suit undies. I cut these out of one of my pairs (yes, thoroughly washed, multiple times!) The pattern doesn’t give directions for this piece, but I just sized it based on my sons other bathing suits and then tucked it up under the fold of the wait before I sewed that piece down.

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I also reused the ties from the other shorts for the tie on this pair. The directions call for ribbon or bias tape. So I just used the ties ans sewed them on some elastic.

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And the kiddo loves them!

 

A Superhero Dog Cape

And not just any Superhero….

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Wonder Woman! Yes, as you know, I have a thing for the woman with the invisible plane!

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This is actually a Christmas present that I never showed you. On my son’s Christmas List, there is a space to fill out for Santa to bring something to a friend. Last year the kiddo asked Santa to bring our dog, Miss Gilbert, a Wonder Woman cape. And that he did. Santa is good like that with handmade gifts.

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So, I’ve studied the cape and I’ll tell you what I can about hoe he made it. It looks as though he downloaded a WW logo from online, like this one maybe. And then cut it out of felt. The yellow pieces are sewn onto the black and then black was sewn onto the red cape fabric.

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We do have our own Elf on the Shelf, so I can only figure that he’s the one that measured Miss G for Santa and his helpers. They probably took measurements down her back and around her tummy. The cape goes about half way around her body or so. Then the strap that goes around her tummy and neck are both secured by Velcro.

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I can’t find the pattern he used. (He must have kept it in case there are more requests for this year.) If your interested in the pattern let me know and I can probably recreate it. Actually I’m going to pretty soon, because she needs one for the rain!

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The little lady seems to not mind it too much. Or at all actually. As long as she can sniff everything on our walks, she doesn’t seem to care what she’s wearing! I’m thinking she needs a rain coat one, too!

I do love how Santa really keeps to the list that the kiddo at our house writes. And I know it’s special to the kiddo to open the handmade presents that he has requested!

Wonder Woman Crown Tutorial

Remember back when I shared our Sculpey Crazy Crowns? When we made those crazy crowns, we also made a Wonder Woman crown!

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Let me just give you a little background… I’ve always loved Wonder Woman! She was one of my favorites as a child. That little kid below is me, circa, maybe, 1978ish….

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I don’t feel so comfortable in a Wonder Woman costume (one day I will again…), so I thought a crown would be fun! Ok, honestly, I was just playing with the gold Sculpey and all I could see was a Wonder Woman crown! It’s ingrained in me, what can I say. When I think crown, I think gold Wonder Woman crown….

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Here’s how I made it.

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Step 1- This was made with one (1 oz) block of gold Sculpey and a little bit of red. Roll out the gold!

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Step 2: Flatten the gold. I made mine about 1/8″ thick.

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Step 3: Cut out the shape. I don’t have a template, but I have faith in you that you can wing it! The sides are about an inch wide and the whole thing is about 8 inches long.

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Step 4: Flatten your red to the same thickness of the gold and cut out a star.

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Step 5: Set the red star on top of the crown and trace the shape of the star. Then cut out the star outline from the crown.

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Step 6: Insert the red star into the crown. I know it looks a little rough, huh?

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Step 7: Roll out the crown with just a bit of slight pressure. Eventually it will be nice and smooth!

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Step 8: Make a hole in each side.

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Step 9: Hold up the crown to your head to get the right curve. And try your best to hold the curve as you set it on the pan for cooking. It will move slightly, but I was able to keep the curve pretty close to the right one for my head. Then cook per directions.

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Step 10: Add elastic and you’re on your way to being Wonder Woman!

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You can wear it around the house just to remind your family of who you really are….  Oh, yeah! Now I just need to fit into my Wonder Woman suit and find that invisible plane I misplaced and I’m outta here!

Who’s your favorite Super Woman???

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

The Sew Fab Tour- Bowling Shirt

I think I have found my favorite new button up shirt pattern!

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It’s so easy! Seriously! It’s the Bowling shirt Pattern by by Scientific Seamstress that is part of the Sew Fab Pattern Sale going on now through May 13th!

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Awesome sale by the way….

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I was asked to be a part of the pattern sale blog tour and of course I said yes! And was excited to be able to sew this shirt. I kinda avoid dress shirts, with the collar and all, but after Easter and my son loving getting dressed up, I knew I needed to step it up and make him a few more nice shirts.

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So I was looking through my stash for fabric and found this one my son and I picked out a year ago. Love it! And no, I didn’t pick it to match the bowling bowl. That was purely a happy accident.

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The pattern is so easy to make. The instructions are super long, though. But want to know why??? She gives you about a million different styling options! Ok, maybe more like 5 or 6. I chose the one stripe down the front. (obviously…)

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And I did the solid back. In the options there is an option to do a stripe across the back, but I just loved the fabric so I left it as just one piece of fabric.

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The instructions are long, like I said, but they are super easy. And very well illustrated for each step of the way. I almost didn’t even need the pictures though! And you get to skip a lot of pages, depending on how you want to do it, so you feel like you are moving right long super fast!

And it is super fast!

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For finsihing she gives a few options there as well. Your normal serged edges, etc, but also she gives you instructions on a lined version. I went unlined, the size a bit bigger, for the more casual then fitted look. I also added in some french seams where I could!

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Now for the buttons…. I did mention it was a button up shirt and you may notice snaps again… Well, my machine was on the fritz, so it was doing my buttonholes worse then usual. (I got so frustrated with the machine, not the pattern, that I called the fix it shop mid shirt just to chat with them about it. I needed someone to talk to! ) So, I resorted to my old standby, the snap. But here’s tanother beauty to this pattern. It’s set up so button holes are the last thing you make. The button holes are done early, so in case you meess them up like I did you can go back and redo that one piece. Not the whole shirt!

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You can purchase the Sew Fab Spring Pattern Bundle for $29.95 this week only! The sale ends on May 13th, and once it’s over, it’s over. You can support independent pattern designers by purchasing the bundle from any of the designers below.

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(Designers in order from Top left to right) Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy’s Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Terra’s Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.

A Super Simple (reusable) Sandwich Sack Tutorial

Or you could just call it a Lunch bag, or a snack sack, a baggie… Gotta come up with something catchy for a title you know!

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At our house we try to use as little throw away stuff as possible. Our recycling bin fills up much faster than the trash can. A while back the city was talking about stopping trash every week and only coming every other week like they currently do with our recycling. Which would be fine with me, if the recycling would be picked up every week!  So if anyone out there can make that happen at my house, I owe ya! Anyway…

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For my son’s lunch I don’t think I’ve ever used disposable packaging in his lunch. My husband has been using those plastic baggies that I hate. He does recycle them a few times before they get thrown away. And he’s starting to move over to my boxes… I use a bunch of plastic boxes. Which sometimes make getting the kiddos lunch into his lunch box a big puzzle. So bags are my answer!

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First you need to gather your materials. I’ve been wanting to make these for ages, but have been hesitant because I couldn’t find the right material to use. You can search for articles about food safe materials all over the place, but I finally decided to go with the Eco-PUL from Diaper Sewing Supplies. The reason is that is solvent-free, environmentally friendly, releases no volatile organics, machine washable and is food safe! Cool.

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So here’s how I made my sacks, or bags, or pouches! First, obviously, you need to cut them down to size. For the sandwich size, I cut a piece 8 inches by 16 inches. I ordered the Diaper Cut Pack to get more colors. So I cut two sandwich sized bags, then divided the rest into smaller snack sized bags. I got about 6 bags per piece of Eco-PUL.

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Secondly, I used a plate to round off the top. Trim.

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With the pieces right sides together, sew around the edge. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance. And don’t forget to leave a hole! Trim the corners.

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Turn the bag right side out. And then I ironed the seams, but use a low heat and iron on the fabric side, not the PUL side!

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Sew on the Velcro. Yep, had to make a Star Wars bag!

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Topstitch. First topstitch across the top. Next, fold over the bag, start at one corner and top stitch all the way around to the other corner!

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And before you know it, you’ll have a bunch of bags!

My husband and son are already asking for more!

Have you made sandwich bags before??

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