Why these are better than the alternatives:
- Put food in while hot - it won't get soggy or melt the bag
- No worries about BPA's and the like leaking into your food
- Sanitary - machine washable in HOT water, unlike plastic-lined alternatives
- Cute and stylish
- Easy to make
- No 'Velcro' means they last much longer, however you wash them.
Denim - You can usually make at least 8 bags from one pair of old jeans. (Note - stretch denim is more difficult to sew on a machine.)
Strong thread - a contrasting color is nice.
2. Sew the narrow edges with a zig-zag or over-edge stitch to keep them from fraying.
3. Fold the bag inside out. The short flap should be on the INSIDE. The bags work well when the fold over flap goes about 1/3 down the bag. (In the pictures at the bottom, the flap goes half way down. This makes the bags a little harder to open.)
|sewing bag inside out|
Use and care:
To clean, turn bag inside out and brush off crumbs. Hand or machine wash at any temperature as needed.
You may be concerned about the bag lacking a water-proof layer, or you want something less breathable. I usually send the bags with my kids inside a more plastic-y little lunch sack. I've recently acquired a couple "free gift" make-up bags that have just enough insulation to make excellent lunch bags.
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