I just found a great tutorial on making reusable snack & sandwich bags. Last school year, I did great with packing lunches for the kids. We hardly ever had to have them buy their lunch. The thing is, we go through those Ziploc baggies so fast, that it seems like we are always running out. And, how much money am I spending on them? I did go to purchasing the Walmart brand of zipper close baggies, but I have been thinking about how we could save some money here. Plus, just the thought of all that plastic going in the trash… So I did some searching and found a great tutorial online. It is so simple, plus it reuses the mylar bags that our chips come in, perfect! So today, we ran out to get some Wonder Under and some elastic and Savannah and I sat down to make them. I have never taught her to sew before, but she sat there with me and I think eventually I will have her make her own. I just think this could be so cute…we could even make them holiday themed…how fun! I am hoping the kids will take some pride in their bags and take good care of them. And if and when they get dirty, they are easily washable or they can be wiped out. I love that!
Here are a couple of views of our first two snack bags. The dog one was the first one we made…lots of mistakes. I was learning. The second one is much neater. We used some old jeans to make it. These little bags were so quick to make, and would be easy to do a bunch of them at once I think. There is also a larger size for a sandwich, which we haven’t made…mostly because we are out of the mylar material. I only had one bag that I could use. So if you could save them for me that would be great!
I also found another tutorial for reusable lunch sacks that I haven’t tried yet, but plan too. I would love to be able to toss our lunch bags in the wash when they get dirty. Ours were so gross by the end of the year, wiping them clean just didn’t work anymore. I was even thinking of having the kids paint their own. I have some good canvas that we can make them out of. Maybe they will take a little more pride in them, if they have the opportunity to contribute to them!
I figure that I will be saving about 70.00 this school year if I don’t have to buy ziploc sandwich bags, and about 40.00 if we don’t buy lunch bags…plus we are being GREEN!